Beyond greenwashing: wireless industry leaders choose sustainability

The title of this spring’s Brooklyn 6G Summit, set for April 27, is Path Towards a Sustainable 6G World. Executives from various companies will join NYU Wireless founder Theodore (Ted) Rappaport to discuss ways to make the next generation of wireless hardware more energy efficient.

“We’re really, really focusing on power efficiency at NYU Wireless,” said Rappaport, adding how power is "much like a noise problem. ...You have power that you want to do the work that you need for the application, and then you have ancillary power that basically gets wasted.” Offsetting electricity use and avoiding paper documents are important steps, but in the years ahead, the wireless industry may make a much more fundamental contribution to sustainability through more power efficient systems and standards.