5G key to enabling a carbon-neutral future webinar

What telcos need to do to cut carbon emissions

In this session, Phil Laidler and Miran Gilmore explored  how 5G should improve mobile networks’ energy performance and curtail carbon emissions.

The inexorable growth in data volumes predicted over mobile networks in the next decade means that relying on “evolutionary” improvements to 4G will not be sufficient to curtail emissions from networks.

Phil and Miran argue telcos need to achieve a step-change in networks and business practices. 5G New Radio, massive MIMO and mmWave technologies will be able to provide this step-change at first to contain, and then to reduce, carbon emissions from mobile networks.


This webinar sought to answer some of these questions:

  • How can this be achieved while demand (in the shape of the data being carried over the networks are growing at 20%+ annually?
  • Can’t these benefits be achieved through 4G/3G/2G networks?
  • What are the industry-level initiatives that we should pursue to catalyse and support faster progress on tackling climate change?

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Our presenters


Philip Laidler, Partner and Consulting Director, STL Partners

Phil specialises in strategic planning, corporate development and strategic marketing consulting for our clients. He brings over 20 years’ experience in TMT both as a consultant and business leader, having held senior roles with Verizon Enterprise for seven years. Phil’s interest and experience in reducing carbon emissions spans previous work including founding a home energy efficiency business and establishing the Low Carbon Workplace venture for the Carbon Trust.

Miran Gilmore, Consultant

Miran is a Consultant at STL Partners and has experience in consulting projects across multiple areas including NFV/SDN, data analytics, 5G and network slicing. She holds an MEng in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

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