About the Centre

The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) investigated ways to improve the energy efficiency of the telecommunications sector to address the massive projected growth in energy consumption linked to surging Internet demand.

The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) was an academic–industry collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) and Bell Labs. The Centre was supported by the Victorian State Government and operated from 2011 until 2016 in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Researchers at CEET have shown how communications technology consumes about 2% of the world’s electricity supply. This is approximately the same as the total electricity generating capacity of Australia. Fuelled by an ever-growing number of Internet applications and services, data consumption per user is increasing at around 40% per annum, while the number of users is rapidly growing as the developing world embraces the Internet.

Awarded in Australia as a best practice model of academic–industry collaboration, CEET’s research program covered a range of factors critical to the future of IP networking, cloud and ultra-broadband access. Projects included: improving the energy efficiency of wireline access networks, designing and analysing practical low-SNR receivers for efficient wireless transmission, creating a global standard for measuring the energy consumption of network equipment, modelling and optimising cloud computing and cloud services for the consumer market, modelling and assessing the energy consumption of Internet services and understanding the economy and energy implications of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN).

CEET’s research achieved significant global attention with April 2013 whitepaper The Power of Wireless Cloud, which looks at the energy consumption of wireless access to cloud services. The paper received widespread coverage and international acclaim, putting CEET research at the centre of debate in this area.

Mission statement

To provide global leadership to drive the creation of energy-efficient telecommunication networks, by fostering collaborative research, education and innovation from Victoria, Australia.


  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability


  • To be internationally recognised for research in energy-efficient telecommunications.
  • To promote the importance of green communications, through research and outreach activities.
  • To make a significant contribution towards improving the energy efficiency of telecommunications networks and infrastructure.


During its time, CEET was governed by an Advisory Committee and Operations Committee. The Advisory Committee assisted the Centre with achieving its goals and maximising its influence and impact, including nurturing the partnership between the University of Melbourne, Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia), Bell Labs and the Victorian State Government. The Operations Committee oversaw and made decisions on CEET’s research program, research staff and nurtured research collaborations between CEET and Bell Labs.

CEET thanks all the committee members for their time and contributions with helping the Centre achieve its goals between 2011 and 2016.