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5 tech trends that will fuel the green transition of society in 2022:Telenor

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NEW DELHI: As the climate change alarm bells get louder, technology and digitalisation will come to our aid in 2022, predicts Telenor Research in its latest Tech Trends report. Green clouds, a battle for optimisation, and climate enlightenment through digital micro degrees and greenfluencers are some of the trends that will deliver a more sustainable future.

2021 is yet another year of extreme weather events and record-breaking temperatures. These underline the challenges humans, wildlife, and nature come face to face with a changing climate. Yet, despite the gloomy outlook, technological advancements and an accelerating digitalisation of society give reasons for hope.

“People everywhere are waking up to the need to act on climate change and environmental degradation. For us in Telenor, it is key to understand how technology can both avoid being part of the problem and help in the transition,” says Bjørn Taale Sandberg, Head of Telenor Research.

In the seventh edition of Telenor’s Tech Trends report, Sandberg and his team of researchers have taken a stab at forecasting how technological progress in 2022 can enable green transformation. The report also provides three tips to businesses on how they can avoid becoming victims of the ‘great resignation’ when the pandemic hopefully comes to a close:

The immense growth in data usage drives demand for energy. Edge data centres and 5G will help make data transfer more energy efficient.

As the digitalisation of society continues to accelerate, cloud computing has seen explosive growth. Moving data requires energy, and data centres globally account for more than one per cent of the world’s energy consumption. The good news is that Edge computing is expected to take over some of the workloads in the coming year.

“We predict that 5G networks worldwide will have the capability to do local breakout of data traffic to and from Edge data centres,” says Sandberg, who adds that the data centres themselves can be made energy efficient in many ways, including utilisation of excess heat and through sustainable local power harvesting, using solar panels and small windmills.

“We believe that energy efficient Edge data centres reachable from mobile devices over 5G networks will start popping up, at an increasing rate, in 2022. As a result, energy will also be saved in electricity and data distribution networks since part of the data traffic and electricity will be transferred locally only,” explains Sandberg.

Employees are not willing to wait for their companies to get climate friendly. They want to act, and they are impatient to learn how.

Just as modern careers require people to upskill continuously, climate change will require people, businesses, and societies to adapt to lifelong learning on sustainability. Environmental policy and regulation will also increase the demand for green job skills in 2022.

“A growing number of businesses will implement green micro-degrees and courses as part of their ‘curriculum’ to slake the green knowledge thirst among employees. The businesses that fail to facilitate opportunities to acquire green online learning credentials on-the-job risk being perceived as less attractive in the eyes of new talent,” predicts Sandberg.

Therefore, a wave of micro-degrees with a green shape will flood out through learning systems like Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, Udacity, and Khan Academy, the same way we see more educational institutions embrace planet-friendly values in their programs. We already see such online courses and degrees being offered and promoted by organisations worldwide, not least the United Nations and its agency UNESCO.

The greatest machine – the human brain – runs on a modest 20 watts. Now, the heat for optimisation is on for our electron guzzling gadgets and servers.

While ever greater numbers of electronic devices and solutions are enabling humans to lead more convenient lives, the International Energy Agency calls for smarter and more efficient electrical appliances. We believe the global need for greater energy efficiency will trigger an “optimisation of everything” battle between consumer electronics manufacturers.

“Devices consuming electricity now outnumber humans by four, and they will become even more dominant in the future. Since transforming our energy supply will take time, we need to optimise everything – not least the use of energy by our devices,” warns Sandberg.

Competition is already ongoing between chipmakers to reduce their products’ energy demand. One example is the M1 chipset used in Apple’s newest computers. We expect that this will be taken up in the much greater PC market – giving us both more efficient devices and devices that can run far longer on battery.

“Going forward, more companies will put enormous sums of money on the table to acquire the knowledge and assets needed to come out on top of the optimisation battle,” says Sandberg.

Influencers who ignore young people’s climate engagement dig their own social media grave.

While most social media trends serve little purpose other than to entertain, some, like the #BlackLivesMatter, bring about profound societal changes. In 2022, with recent disappointments from the UN’s Climate Conference (COP26) and a grim outlook in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report fresh in memory, we expect to see a new movement shape the world of social media – greenfluencing.

“An undergrowth of climate aware influencers and activists has emerged across niches on social media, and we believe their growing follower bases will be duly noticed by the influencer universe’s established elite,” explains Sandberg.

By tapping into both marketing and – hopefully – social considerations, the big social media stars in every sphere, from cooking and fashion to travel, makeup, and fitness, will start to greenfluence their millions of followers.

“Influencers who appear oblivious or indifferent to climate challenges will be perceived as outdated. Instead, followers will flock to influencers who demonstrate climate awareness regardless of niche. Marketers will turn their attention in the same direction,” predicts Sandberg.

Companies that don’t take the next generation’s expectations seriously risk facing the great resignation.

The home office is here to stay, but despite the benefits and obvious positive climate impact we get from reduced travel, research indicates that the pros do not outweigh the cons for everyone, especially the young. During the continuation of the pandemic, it will be tough for the young to establish and grow a personal network and acquire a general understanding of the corporate lingo and culture, as forming new social relations using only digital communication is much more challenging.

“As a consequence, many companies will in 2022 find that large groups of young employees who never got a proper onboarding are likely to struggle – unless good leadership is exercised,” says Sandberg, and points to the following three tips on how to lead the next generation through the future way of work:

Bring joy to the office: Engineer social interaction across generations through events that trigger joy, discussion, and knowledge and insight transfer.
With age and tenure comes responsibility: Make it clear that the company veterans have a special obligation to include, mentor, and guide the new employees.
Make them shine: Be vocal and public when praising the newcomers for their efforts and provide them with the opportunities to speak and find their voice.

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Nokia to showcase 5G private wireless at 2022 TISSOT UCI Track World Championships

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NEW DELHI: Nokia has announced that it has become an official partner of the 2022 TISSOT UCI Track World Championships being held near Paris in October. Nokia is working with the French Cycling Federation to deploy a 5G private wireless network solution at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines National Velodrome.

The deployment will enable an immersive digital experience for fans and enhance security and safety at the event.

Nokia is already partnering with the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Community on 5G projects in the 26 Ghz band at the National Velodrome. With 25,000 spectators expected over five days, the event provides a platform to showcase how 5G private wireless can meet the demands of thousands of people in an arena as they simultaneously access data and video over their devices. The low-latency and high-bandwidth capabilities of 5G will enable the arena owners and communications service providers to offer new data-driven services at similar events.

The private wireless network using mmWave for 5G will be deployed with Nokia Modular Private Wireless (MPW) solution. It will demonstrate how enterprises in France can leverage 5G mmWave to advance their digital transformation.

By harnessing the high-quality TV production and the different streams available and thanks to the deployment of new technology solutions, Nokia will contribute to enhance the viewing experience for fans in the arena and millions watching at home around the globe.

French Cycling Federation teams will benefit from enhanced video capture and real-time processing of data. Greater situational awareness and the ability to instantly share data and video will enhance maintenance and security efforts and ensure the smooth and safe running of the event. In addition, sports teams can benefit, as more wearable technology is connected, allowing them to access real-time health and performance data and video to help them better prepare for races.

Michel Callot, President of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme, said: “As the eyes of cycling fans across the globe turn to France for this high-profile event next year, we are excited to work with Nokia to showcase how 5G technology can augment the digital experience for those at the stadium and for people watching at home.”

Chris Johnson, Head of Global Enterprise business at Nokia, said: “As a worldwide leader in private wireless technology, Nokia is excited to take part in this awesome opportunity to transform the digital experience for everyone at the event. The implementation of high-speed, high-bandwidth connectivity will allow spectators to experience the event like never before.”

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STL wins Rs 170 crore deal from PGCIL

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NEW DELHI: STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, announced a partnership with India’s largest power distribution company, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL). Through this collaboration, STL will fulfil PGCIL’s requirement for high performance, integrated network management systems across their regional communications networks. With this multi-year deal worth Rs 170 crore STL further strengthens its relationship with PGCIL.

As a part of its earlier engagements, STL has been supplying optical fibre cables and developed an IP-MPLS network for PGCIL.

PGCIL owns and operates 90% of India’s interstate and inter-regional electric power transmission network spanning 1,72,192 circuit kilometres & 72,126 km of telecom network. This gigantic transmission & telecom network has to be consistently maintained at an availability of 99% & 99.5% uptime, respectively. As networking becomes agile, these mammoth networks will require a modern approach to management and orchestration to solve challenges in the areas of silos, interoperability and security.

Leveraging its software-defined networking solution, STL will deliver a customised Unified Network Management System (UNMS) offering advanced automation, programmable configuration and actionable insights. Through this solution, PGCIL will get a consolidated, centralised view of regional networks and will be able to optimise O&M, reduce system outages at the national level and generate performance analytics for the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

Commenting on this collaboration, Praveen Cherian, CEO, Global Business Services, STL said: “We are delighted to form an association with PGCIL for creating a customised UNMS for managing their massive-scale utility networks. Through our solution, we will provide a consolidated infrastructure with centralised controls for their inter-regional networks. The network management system, with integrated analytics, will bring in efficiency and effectiveness setting superior standards in networks operations management.”

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India releases 2nd volume of vision document on electronics manufacturing

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NEW DELHI: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in association with ICEA, released a 5-year roadmap and Vision Document for the electronics sector today, titled “$300 billion Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing & Exports by 2026.” This roadmap is the second volume of a two-part Vision Document – the first of which titled “Increasing India’s Electronics Exports and Share in GVCs” was released in November 2021.

This report provides a year-wise break-up and production projections for the various products that will lead India’s transformation into a US$300 billion electronics manufacturing powerhouse, from the current US$75 billion.

Amongst the key products that are expected to lead India’s growth in electronics manufacturing include Mobile Phones, IT Hardware (laptops, tablets), Consumer electronics (TV and audio), Industrial electronics, Auto electronics, Electronic components, LED Lighting, Strategic electronics, PCBA, Wearables and hearables, and Telecom equipment (see chart). Mobile manufacturing that is expected to cross US$100 billion annual production – up from the current US$30 billion – is expected to constitute nearly 40% of this ambitious growth.

Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, congratulated and lauded the entire team of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology for their efforts in bringing out the documents and policy framework items at this remarkable speed.

During the event,  Vaishnaw also addressed some points raised by industry leaders during the recent interaction with him. Addressing industry’s apprehensions over the issue of dual regulations in mobile manufacturing, the Minister clarified that telecom department is not going to enter into mobile manufacturing and the mobile manufacturing regulatory regime will remain same.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State, Electronics & IT and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, said that Ministry is focusing on broadening and deepening of electronics industry in India in line with Prime Minister’s recent statement at World Economic Forum, where he said that India is emerging as a reliable and trusted partner in value chains.

Talking about the objective of the volume-2 of the vision document releases today,Chandrasekhar, said, “New markets, new customers and being a player in Global Value Chain (GVC) is the goal and mission of the 2nd phase. This volume along with the 1st Volume on electronics manufacturing, represent an excellent example of goal setting, detailed strategy making after hours of deep engagement between government and industry. He further added that the numbers in the 2nd Volume of vision document confirms that there is a real opportunity in electronics sector, driven by 2 factors: growth of digital consumption and growth and diversification of global value chains.

The domestic market is expected to increase from US$65 billion to US$180 billion over the next 5 years. This will make electronics amongst India’s 2-3 top ranking exports by 2026. Of the US$300 billion, exports are expected to increase from the projected US$15 billion in 2021-22 to US$120 billion by 2026.

The five-part strategy to reach the US$300 billion goal, based on an “all of the government” approach, sharply focuses on broadening and deepening electronics manufacturing in India. This, by building competitiveness and scale by attracting global electronics manufacturers/brands, shifting and developing sub-assemblies and component ecosystem, building a design ecosystem, nurturing Indian champions and steadily removing cost disabilities faced by India.

The US$300 billion electronics manufacturing comes on the back of US$10 billion PLI Scheme announced by the government to propel forward the Semiconductor and Display ecosystem. The government has committed nearly US$17 billion over the next 6 years across four PLI Schemes – Semiconductor and Design, Smartphones, IT Hardware and Components. The Vision Document makes a strong recommendation on the need to focus on aggregate domestic value addition in the electronics sector, as India transforms from its current state to one that is gearing to compete with the likes of China and Vietnam. It also details the importance of the key role Indian champions will play in addition to global companies – both of whom are already part of the PLI Schemes.

The report seeks a competitive tariff structure on electronic components and removal of all regulatory uncertainty to put India on the path to US$300 billion electronics manufacturing. The report recommends a “winner takes all” strategy backed by economies of scale and global competitiveness, new and revised incentive schemes for some sectors, and the need to address issues of sustainability and ease of doing business.

Chart: Roadmap to manufacture US$300 billion Electronic Products

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