Vodafone building self-powered ‘Eco-Tower’ mobile phone masts

Vodafone has developed self-powered mobile towers and will deploy these across the UK, supporting the company’s target of achieving net zero for its UK operations by 2027. The ground-breaking Eco-Towers will also enable the deployment of new mobile sites in the most remote locations, without the major challenge and cost of connecting to the electricity grid. For the last two years, Vodafone and Crossflow Energy have been collaborating on the development of Crossflow Energy’s innovative wind turbine technology, combined with the latest in solar and battery technologies, to create a…

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Vodafone launches Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic

Vodafone has launched Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic as part of the company’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment. Starting from October 2021, Vodafone will provide customers with new Eco-SIMs in the half-sized format made from recycled plastic, progressively replacing SIM cards that are currently made from new plastic. Eco-SIM will be rolled out in all 12 of Vodafone’s European markets, in addition to Egypt, Turkey and South Africa.1 The launch of Eco-SIM builds on Vodafone’s successful global rollout of half-sized SIM card holders in 2020.  By…

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Vodafone and Barnardo’s issue new appeal for devices to help Afghan refugees

Vodafone UK and charity partner Barnardo’s have issued a new plea to the public and businesses across the UK to donate unwanted smartphones and tablets to ‘The Great British Tech Appeal’ specifically to help refugees arriving from Afghanistan. Vodafone will add six months’ free data, calls and texts and work with Barnardo’s to get devices to Afghan young people and their families who’ve recently arrived in the UK.  This will help them access vital support, mental health services and healthcare and stay in touch with friends and family in the UK.…

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The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Vodafone urge action to connect 3.4bn people with smartphones by 2030

A major new initiative has been launched by Vodafone Group Plc and ITU, the United Nations’ specialised agency for information and communication technologies, to address the global digital divide, with the aim that an additional 3.4 billion people could have the ability to access and use the internet through a smartphone by 2030. With mobile broadband (4G) networks now covering 82% of the population of Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), the mobile usage gap is 6x larger than the mobile coverage gap.2 In line with the Broadband Commission Global Targets…

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Vodafone and Ericsson halve energy consumption in breakthrough 5G trial

Vodafone and Ericsson have completed the first deployment of a new 5G radio that saw energy consumption decrease by a daily average of 43%, and as much as 55% at off-peak times.  Vodafone and Ericsson demonstrate 43% reduction in 5G energy consumption during the trial in Central London  Vodafone will deploy 1,500 new, low-power consumption 5G units by April 2022, enabling the most environmentally responsible 5G deployment strategy without compromising on performance  The new 5G technology will support Vodafone’s commitment to achieve net-zero for its UK operations by 2027 and across…

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