One of the world’s largest green telecommunications research efforts launched in Melbourne

Monday 28 March 2011

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and University of Melbourne, both recognised for expertise in sustainable networking, in partnership with the Victorian State Government, today officially launched the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), one of the largest research efforts on green telecommunications in the world.

CEET will be devoted to innovation in energy-efficient networks and technologies with the ultimate goal of reducing the impact of telecommunications on the environment. The facility will have a staff of researchers and technology experts that will build to a team of 22 over the next three years.

In achieving its goals, CEET will take advantage of Bell Labs’ experience in generating breakthrough technologies and guiding collaborative research projects and the University of Melbourne’s world-class research in telecommunications network infrastructure. Bell Labs also brings a global research perspective and a wealth of expertise in energy-efficiency research, especially in the wireless area, that complements that of CEET.

“We’ve established a leading research program in network energy efficiency that has generated technology breakthroughs like those at the heart of the recently announced lightRadio solution,” said Jeong Kim, President of Bell Labs “We look forward to contributing our expertise to help CEET reach its potential.”

“Today, telecommunications networks in Australia use about one percent of our energy supply and with increasing demands for bandwidth, this is expected to grow dramatically — unless we find ways to make our networks more efficient,” said Rod Tucker, University of Melbourne Laureate Professor.

CEET represents a highly valuable opportunity for the state of Victoria with the significant step it takes toward green telecommunications objectives. As the first facility of its kind in Australia, CEET will position the state as a hub for ICT research and a place for development and training in information, technology and energy-efficient communications.

The Centre has announced nine new projects in the fields of modelling, transmission and fundamental technology, as part of its focus on driving energy efficiency.

The following projects will drive a deeper understanding of how telecommunications networks consume energy and enable the development of more sophisticated models of managing energy consumption:

  • Cloud Computing, Content Distribution and Information Logistics
  • Energy Efficiency of Next Generation Networks
  • Internet Services Energy Star Rating

Three projects will explore techniques to reduce the energy consumption of the transmission equipment in telecommunications networks:

  • Energy Efficiency of Future Modulation Format
  • Low energy Point-to-Point Access Network
  • Analogue to Digital Converters

A separate program of work includes three projects that will explore the physical and mathematical properties of photons and electrons to enable a better understanding of the future possibilities in the development of energy-efficient telecommunications equipment:

  • Energy Efficient Wireless Networks
  • Fundamental Limits of Switching and Information Transfer
  • Router Power Measurement

In positioning itself to drive ‘greening’ of the telecommunications industry, CEET takes advantage of established strengths and collaborations with industry and research partners. CEET will contribute research on fundamental technologies, for example to GreenTouchâ„¢ - a global, industry-wide consortium whose goal is to achieve dramatic improvement in the energy efficiency of communications networks.

About the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET)

The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) is a partnership between Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, Bell Labs, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government. The Centre, based in Victoria, Australia, is building a team of 22 staff and is currently seeking expressions of interest for graduate students.

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology. With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris. For more information, visitAlcatel-Lucent, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Alcatel_Lucent on Twitter:

About the University of Melbourne

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. With outstanding performance in international rankings, Melbourne is consistently ranked among the world’s top 50 universities. The University is noted for its research excellence across many disciplines and leads the five main indicators for competitive research funding in Australia. Its energy and sustainability research is considered world-class and takes rigorous a cross-disciplinary approach. The main Parkville campus is recognised as the hub of Australia’s premier knowledge precinct comprising eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

About GreenTouch™

GreenTouch is a consortium of leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, academic and non-governmental research experts dedicated to fundamentally transforming communications and data networks, including the Internet, and making them dramatically more energy efficient than they are today For more information, visit GreenTouch