In a world where everything is connected, understanding the importance of sustainable procurement within the telecommunication industry is critical. In this article we will define what sustainability and sustainable procurement is, before we address 4 of the ways that telcos can quickly achieve more sustainable procurement practices within their organisation.


What is sustainability?

There are many different views on sustainability. Embedded in most definitions are concerns for social equity and economic development. The original definition of sustainable development is usually considered to be taken from the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) in its milestone report ‘Our Common Future‘ (otherwise known as the Brundtland Report) published in 1987.

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”


What is sustainable procurement?

Procuring the future gives a good working definition, stating that sustainable development:

“…achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.”


What is sustainable procurement in telecoms and how can telcos achieve more sustainable procurement?

Whilst the concept of ethical and responsible procurement is not new, sustainable procurement has become a key factor in many corporate social responsibility strategies as well as being an economic and reputational imperative, and in some contexts, a legal requirement. Here we recommend 4 strategies that telcos can employ to become more sustainable.


1. Buy ‘greener’ products

One of the easiest ways for telecom operators and system integrators to implement more sustainable procurement practices is to buy ‘greener’ products. The green telecoms market, otherwise known as the secondary telecoms market or the used telecommunications market, is an ideal procurement channel for the maintenance of current networks that are in need of replacement parts because it helps keep new, used and refurbished products, that are pre-owned but still in perfectly good working condition, in circulation.

Every line card, router, switch or server you buy is one less piece of equipment going to waste, helping your business to support the circular economy and become more sustainable. An added benefit of choosing a reputable green market telecom reseller, like TXO Systems, is that we offer shorter lead times and substantial cost savings compared to buying directly from original equipment manufacturers.  Click here for more reasons to buy telecom network equipment from TXO.


2. Plan ahead to manage demand

Here at TXO Systems, we understand that managing operational telecom network assets for sparing, network expansion and repair avoidance can be a huge burden for telcos all over the world and that there can be a strong temptation to stockpile equipment in case it is needed in the future.

Through our spare parts management solution, TXO will collect your telecom equipment and then categorise to part code, serial, description and hardware revision level. This will be made available to you via i-TRAC™ – our user-friendly asset management reporting tool. i-TRAC™ allows you to view your telecoms equipment inventory 24/7 and request call-backs of the equipment that you already own, freeing up expensive footprint or warehouse space and giving you greater transparency of your telecom hardware assets. Click here to find out more about TXO’s efficient managed storage solutions.


3. Extend the life of your existing telecoms network

We also appreciate that when you’ve invested in a telecom network, you want it to last as long as possible. Avoid the risk that your expensive investment won’t just be scrapped when new revisions and platform releases render your existing system unsupported by the OEM by going down the reseller route. By choosing TXO Systems you can make long lead times for hard-to-find parts a thing of the past.

TXO Systems is recognised globally as a leader in fixed line and mobile telecom parts supply and has over 800,000 multi-vendor telecoms network parts in stock, including older legacy equipment and end of life parts that can be impossible to source via the OEM. Read more about how to extend the life of your telecoms network here.


4. Take a more sustainable and responsible approach to asset disposal

TXO Systems is passionate about engaging in sustainable business and proud to help others take control of their resources. Whether it’s through resale, reuse or recycling, we are committed to ensuring you recover maximum residual value from your new and used networking equipment. To find out what our asset recovery solutions can do for you, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • We will buy back the telecoms equipment that you have outgrown or no longer need, allowing you generate revenue for your budget or to be traded in for funds to purchase other critical spares.
  • We buy (and resell) all types of new and used mobile and fixed line equipment spanning multiple product types including optical transmission (SDH/SONET and DWDM), routers & switches, GSM/3G/4G/WiMax/LTE, servers, and CPE (customer premise equipment).
  • Where equipment has no further market value, or cannot be refurbished for return to service, TXO offers a comprehensive WEEE recycling service and works with customers to reduce their carbon footprint through strategic recycling and responsible disposal of e-waste.
  • All of our telecom network asset recovery services are available either individually or packaged into a turnkey solution, with all activities carried out in line with regulatory legislation.


For more information

TXO Systems is a leading used telecom network equipment de-installer, reseller and recycler. We support over 75 of the world’s top 100 operators to extend the life of their legacy networks, monetise surplus assets and reduce OPEX by de-installing equipment freeing up expensive footprint or warehouse space. Our entire business is built around environmental compliance and this is a core part of the company philosophy and culture. We are regularly audited by our partners to ensure best practice and that all ethical criteria is adhered to, tying in with all sustainability best practices.

If you have questions about sustainable procurement in the telecommunications industry or any of the other issues raised in this article, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.


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