Network operator O2 has made an ambitious vow to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by the year 2025. The company would become the first network operator in the country to achieve zero carbon emissions if the target is realised. The transition to zero carbon emissions will be fuelled by renewable energy sources, meaning calls and texts will be powered by so-called green energy, O2 claims. The telecoms giant, owned by Spanish company Telefonica, vows to also work with its suppliers, including handset manufacturers, to cut carbon emissions. It is targeting a reduction of 30 per cent in the emissions of its entire supply chain in the next five years.
TPG Telecom is launching a new digital-only, app-based mobile service called Felix. The new mobile service will compete against Telstra's budget brand Belong and is the first new brand to be unveiled by TPG Telecom since the merger between TPG and Vodafone. The new service will join TPG Telecom's suite of brands Vodafone, TPG, and iiNet, and use the telco's existing mobile network. To use Felix's mobile services, users will need to sign up through the Felix app and will then receive a SIM card, TPG Telecom said. Touted as being powered by 100% renewable energy, TPG Telecom CEO Inaki Berroeta said Felix is the first step in the merged company's sustainability focus.
Clean energy is improving but not fast enough to solve climate change, according to the International Energy Agency's annual World Energy Outlook report. The 661-page report, which forecasts global energy trends up until 2040, says the electricity sector is currently undergoing its'most dramatic transformation since its creation'. One of the main reasons for this transformation is the rise of wind and solar power, but it is still is not happening fast enough, the report found. If current trends continue the global demand for oil will keep rising to at least 2040, largely driven by an increase in demand from developing countries. Clean energy is improving but not fast enough to solve climate change, according to the International Energy Agency's annual World Energy Outlook report (stock image) 'If the world is serious about meeting its climate targets then, as of today, there needs to be a systematic preference for investment in sustainable energy technologies', said Dr Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency (IEA)'s Executive Director.
The Vodafone NZ-Sky merger is facing criticism from the telecommunications segment, with submissions accusing the two of trying to squeeze the competition out of the wholesale premium live sport and entertainment content market, the retail residential fixed-line broadband market, the retail mobile broadband market, and the pay TV market. The New Zealand Commerce Commission (ComCom) on Tuesday published submissions from Spark, 2degrees, the Coalition for Better Broadcasting, Trustpower, and the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) it received in response to the Statement of Preliminary Issues released last month. Spark identified the main issue as being premium sport, claiming that it is "essential" content for being able to attract telecommunications customers. Were the merger to go ahead, Sky's sport content ownership would extend into Vodafone NZ's mobile and broadband offerings, Spark said, and "distort competition" in those segments -- including to the detriment of the New Zealand government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) project. "Sky/Vodafone will bundle a further, competitive, product (broadband and/or mobile) with its monopoly sports rights, and in doing so will reduce competition for that product.