Network virtualisation to aid AT&T climate ambitions - Mobile World Live

Network virtualisation to aid AT&T climate ambitions

18 SEP 2020

AT&T set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2035 and began expanding the coverage of a modelling tool to help predict the impact of climate change on its network and operations.

The operator said ongoing network virtualisation efforts would play a key role in achieving its carbon neutral target, allowing it to replace energy-intensive legacy equipment with more power-efficient hardware.

It also plans to use low-emission vehicles in its business fleet; accelerate energy efficiency initiatives across its operations; implement sustainable film and TV production at its WarnerMedia unit; use renewable energy; and invest in carbon offsets.

The Climate Change Analysis Tool (CCAT), meanwhile, will be deployed throughout the contiguous US to model the potential impact of natural disasters on AT&T’s network. These include flooding, hurricanes, drought and wildfires, with an outlook of up to 30 years.

CCAT launched in four pilot states in 2019.

AT&T joins numerous operators and vendors in setting ambitious climate targets: Apple recently detailed a plan to become carbon neutral by 2030 and Verizon by 2035, while Australian operator Telstra already hit the mark.



Diana Goovaerts

Diana is Mobile World Live's US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only...

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