Energy fuels technology’s ability to transform our lives and erase boundaries. If we ignore it, it can also stop us in our tracks.

Technology has followed its course from the steam engine and industrialization through computing and telecommunications and now the world of wireless and visual technology. It has built new connections between people worldwide, connected us to content and meaning, supported increasingly immersive experiences, and facilitated other trends that erase boundaries and enrich our lives. It has also deepened our dependence on energy and its impact.

As a driver of this technological revolution through our research, InterDigital believes in this transformation. We also believe that our industry, and each of us, needs to make informed, balanced choices. InterDigital is committed to understanding – and solving – how energy underpins our industry and ensuring a sustainable technological future for us all.


The Pursuit of a Sustainable 5G - The Experts Take  

Telecoms represents one of the wealthiest industries today, boasting more than 5.3 billion users and earning $1.38 trillion in service revenues. The pursuit of new generations of wireless has for decades driven demand for new technologies and services, set the stage for our current race to 5G, and placed increasing pressure on global energy reserves.

A recent report by InterDigital and ABI Research reveals the energy consumption of the wireless industry is poised to grow a staggering 160% by 2030. Unlike previous wireless generations, the expected ubiquity and flexibility, and subsequent energy demands, of 5G make it a blessing and a curse for an industry bracing for a burgeoning environmental impact. Tackling one of our industry’s greatest environmental challenges to enable 5G’s looming potential will require contributions and solutions from across the supply chain and network infrastructure to make our wireless future as sustainable as possible.

This webinar will feature diverse expert perspectives from around the wireless ecosystem to identify the emerging challenges, and some unexpected new solutions, on the path to enjoy a more sustainable 5G and wireless future.

Moderator: Dimitris Mavrakis, ABI


  • Saad Ahmad, InterDigital
  • Ana Maria Galindo, Orange
  • Nishant Gautam, Nokia

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How Sustainable are our Mobile Networks? A Global Look  

A report by InterDigital and Mobile World Live surveyed members of the global mobile industry to help quantify the impact of our increasingly expanded and interconnected mobile networks and growing energy demands.

This webinar gathers international experts from around the mobile value chain in a discussion aimed to better understand the main culprits behind our burgeoning energy consumption, the key motivators driving the move towards more sustainable networks, the solutions that bring us closer to that goal, as well as the surprising global disparities on the path to sustainability. Throughout the discussion, panelists will explore the vital question – must countries take an orthodox, unified approach to achieve sustainability in global mobile networks?

Moderator: Michelle Donegan, Telecom Journalist, MWL


  • Patrick Van de Wille, EVP, CCO, InterDigital
  • Adrian Buckley, Standards Expert, Vivo
  • Xiaodong Xu, Principal Researcher, China Mobile
  • Cristian Busoi, European Parliament and Chair of the Industry

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To learn more about our full ESG Program click here.