The Clean Tech programme at the GSMA carried out a study in 2020 on renewable energy for mobile towers situated in off-grid and poor-grid areas. In this presentation, we get a snapshot of mobile tower management in low and middle income countries (LMICs), key barriers to adopting more renewable energy solutions, and examples of initiatives leading to opportunities to improve overall sustainability in the mobile telecommunications industry in 2021 and beyond, and not only in these regions.
How can we manage the digital carbon footprint as our economies and societies depend more and more on these technologies? In this session, we look at what a digital carbon footprint is, how it's evolving and how it can be managed. We also hear about what leading technology companies are doing to play their part in the fight against climate change.
In this presentation, Mourad Younes from Schneider Electric covers what the company's secure power division has learnt in 2020 in terms of sustainability and how the pandemic has impacted the global data centre sector. Beyond this global perspective, he shares with us the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the African market as well as some of the technologies which will help the continent fulfil requirements and meet its potential in the digital economy.
2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic saw a significant rise in the demand for cloud services as, in the words of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, "We've seen two years' worth of digital transformation in two months". As we enter 2021 and are still fighting the virus, we look at both the impact 2020 had on cloud services and their providers and how we can keep delivering on growing requirements in a sustainable way.
In this presentation we hear from the Dutch Data Center Association's managing director, Stijn Grove, about why the industry needs highly professional, formal and structured representation as it continues to grow and develop, as well as how this can be achieved.
We know that the Covid-19 pandemic led to a significant surge in digital service requirements and pressure on providers. How has this impacted Human Resources in the digital infrastructure space? In this fireside chat we talk with Adelle Desouza, founder of HireHigher and Advisory Board Member at the Data Center Alliance about gaps and requirements, how they've been managed through 2020 and what more is needed. She shares with us her outlook for 2021 and the years ahead and discuss how to provide and guarantee the right talent is available to unlock growth in digital infrastructure and in turn the digital economy.
Garry Connolly shares insight into how the evolution of people and tech are intrinsically intertwined, how behaviour influences tech developments and tech developments influence behaviour. We are becoming "digital people", but this term, like so many being coined in the digital industry, are not transparent, are open to interpretation and this frequently leads to a negative view of what's happening, frightening some people. In this session, we address the need for clear communication and a positive message along with education that needs to come from the digital infrastructure industry, including of course, data centers, too often seen as big bad data hoarding, energy hungry machines. Let's remain optimistic and thrive to make 2021 the year of clarity of purpose and hopefully of understanding.
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