The Many Shades of Green

Following up on my Greening the Telecom Sector blog last week, I poked around to get a better sense of how the broader networking and telecom sectors' environmental and sustainability efforts are evolving. Mostly, I wanted to see if they have moved beyond the conceptual, chest-beating, “We’re Green” stage to real-life corporate practices that actually…

Greening the Telecom Sector

In the last few years, we’ve seen lots of environmentally focused efforts coming out of all parts of the high-tech sector. We have, in theory, somewhat greener supply chains through which we move components with fewer hazardous materials than before. We have end-devices that come with recycling pamphlets stuffed in their boxes. And we've got…

Automakers Hit by Components Shortages

Automakers this week continued to slow down production or shutter plants altogether as electronic component shortages stemming from Japan’s recent disaster rippled through the supply chain. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that several European auto manufacturing facilities have been affected already or could face disruptions in the coming weeks. According to the report, Adam…

MWC: Mobile’s Next Leap

Now that the Mobile World Congress is over, the question is: What’s next? For sure, companies will move even more mobile devices into untapped markets. Tablets will proliferate at breakneck speed, and the worldwide market will remain fragmented as regional players launch their versions for country-specific markets. Other kinds of consumer devices, like cars and…