For years mobile connectivity has been touted as a clean technology. The dematerialisation of telecommunications networks, the digitalisation of the workplace, and the potential reduction in commuter numbers enabled by mobile connectivity all bring with them obvious and significant environmental gains. But according to a major new report from mobile operator O2, we have barely scratched the surface of the environmental and cost savings that will soon be offer.
The company this week published an analysis of the efficiency savings that could result from the national roll out of next generation 5G networks. It concluded the faster speed and universal connectivity promised by 5G could unlock many of the gains 'smart city' enthusiasts have been talking about for decades.
The report, entitled The value of 5G for cities and communities, suggests some of the biggest benefits could come with the deployment of low cost, but ultra-fast 5G sensors across the energy grid.