Nokia offers refurbished network equipment to all Orange subsidiaries

15. 10. 2021 Friday / By: Robert Denes / Business / Exact time: BST / Print this page

O range and Nokia have signed an agreement to increase the use of refurbished equipment in their telecommunications infrastructure.

The agreement stipulates that Nokia will offer refurbished network equipment to Orange subsidiaries through BuyIn, an alliance of Orange and Deutsche Telekom. The refurbishment process is expected to reduce CO2 emissions instead of producing new equipment and offer a competitive and reliable alternative for network operators.

In its statement, Orange reported that the commitment consisted of the use of equipment based on the radio access network and that other network equipment was planned to be included. The French-based telecommunications operator explained that the agreement is part of the OSCAR program, which aims to contribute to the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2040, which is to put the circular economy at the heart of infrastructure networks.

The joint commitment will include radio-based equipment ("Radio Access Network") and other network equipment in the medium and long term. The refurbishment process is expected to reduce carbon emissions compared to the production of new equipment. Furthermore, with this agreement, Orange and Nokia want to offer a competitive and reliable alternative to network operators.

On the orange side, the agreement is part of a larger program, OSCAR, that will contribute to achieving the group’s zero-carbon net emissions target in 2040. It aims to put the circular economy at the heart of infrastructure networks, reusing existing equipment where possible. OSCAR sets clear goals for the reuse of components and the limited use of new materials.

Meanwhile, Nokia has also set ambitious targets, as previously announced, and as part of its renewed science-based targets, it aims to reduce emissions in its value chain by 50% between 2019 and 2030.

Commenting on the agreement, Ramon Fernandez, Acting CEO of Orange, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Financial Officer, said: “We are proud to share our shared vision of a circular economy with Nokia, a vision where environmental excellence supports sustainable value creation. . This mutual understanding will lead today to the first significant contractual progress for the Orange Group and its subsidiaries, which will have a positive impact on both groups."

Tommi Uitto, President of Nokia Mobile Networks, added: “The commitment of the circularity takes us one step closer to achieving our own climate goals and supporting our customers in achieving their goals. Digitization reduces waste, reuse prolongs the life of a product, and through that we are able to recognize the full value of our products. This framework agreement demonstrates the importance of working together to tackle the great challenges facing society, and we must all act together.”

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