Superfast Cornwall Director, Ranulf Scarbrough

Connected Cornwall – a clean, green, economic machine.

By Ranulf Scarbrough, director of Superfast Cornwall.

Today, Cornwall is one of the best connected rural areas in Europe.

Thanks to the Superfast Cornwall project, a partnership between BT, the EU, and Cornwall Council, the region is now served by an optical fibre broadband network that now reaches 95 per cent of Cornish homes and businesses.

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Haruno Yoshida

It takes diversity to make an idea work

By Haruno Yoshida, president BT Japan

Different people approach problems in different ways. That’s why, if we have a problem we can’t solve ourselves, we often ask family, colleagues or friends for their point of view. Sometimes we even turn to Google and YouTube to help us!

It got me thinking about how our backgrounds shape the way we think. [Read more…]

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How communications saves lives in Africa

Despite boasting fast-growing economies full of potential, one in 20 children still die during infancy in Sub-Saharan Africa. It remains an under-privileged region — a challenge discussed in detail at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa earlier this month — however, many hope that continued innovation in communications will save lives in the developing world.

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ICT and the promise of a sustainable future

By Hubertus von Roenne, Vice-President for Industry, BT Global Services.

If, over the next 15 years, we had the chance to live in a world of far-reaching sustainable prosperity, a world where opportunity existed wherever people lived, worked or travelled… surely we’d all jump at that possibility, wouldn’t we?

Well, according to research published this week by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) — this is a scenario that’s entirely within our grasp between now and the year 2030 — and it’s all thanks to the wonderful potential offered by ICT.

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Simon Ormston

Stoking up sustainability in IT

By Simon Ormston, Head of Utilities, BTGS.

The increasing pressure of corporate responsibility — combined with the fact that the global ICT industry is a huge and growing contributor in terms of global carbon dioxide emissions — is forcing companies to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. A desire to be ‘more green’ is also prompted by new regulations, fresh customer demands and a need to achieve real savings by reducing the cost of energy, travel and consumables. ICT is uniquely positioned to be the crucial part of the solution.

Getting serious about sustainable IT requires sustainable sourcing. Organisations can make this happen by building sustainability into every part of the IT procurement process. In practical terms this includes spelling out what your organisation wants in areas such as recycling, compliance with energy schemes, responsible asset disposal and consolidation. [Read more…]