Melbourne to host global gathering of Internet and telecommunications energy experts

Media release: Tuesday 15 July 2014

The world’s leading academic and industrial internet efficiency researchers will meet in Melbourne this November 2014 for the 10th GreenTouch global consortium members meeting.

The meeting will be hosted by the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), a world-leading research partnership between the University of Melbourne, the Victorian State Government and Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Alcatel-Lucent, a global telecommunications systems provider.

The information communications (CEET) industry, including the network of networks that underpins the global Internet, currently accounts for 2% of worldwide carbon emissions. The carbon emissions from CEET are expected to grow significantly over the next decade as more people seek to connect with each other and access more content in new, richer ways. This trend is having a negative impact on the broader efficiency potential of many emerging CEET services and applications.

The GreenTouch consortium’s mission is to deliver, by 2015, the architectures, specifications and technologies needed to increase network energy efficiency by a factor of 1000 times compared to 2010 levels. The Melbourne meeting of academic and telecommunications industry researchers will be crucial in establishing key aspects of that strategy.

GreenTouch Chairman, Thierry Van Landegem, stated: “Today’s telecommunication networks are optimised for cost and performance, not energy efficiency, and a solution that combines all these factors will require a re-imagined approach to global network design, architecture, network optimisation and management. The University of Melbourne is a world centre of research excellence and CEET, as a founding member of GreenTouch in 2010, has been instrumental in driving and contributing to our exciting and urgent agenda. I am hopeful the November meeting can put into place the final steps for GreenTouch’s ambitious 2015 goal.”

Associated with the GreenTouch meeting, CEET will be convening a series of public engagements and demonstrating the results of key research activities by GreenTouch.

CEET Director, Dr Kerry Hinton, said: “One issue that has flown under the radar in this incredible age of connectivity is the energy consumption needed to fuel the infrastructure that underpins the connected technology we use every day. To make the benefits of the connected world something we can all enjoy long term, someone needs to think about the underlying systems and technologies to ensure they are sustainable. Addressing this requires redesigning the way the Internet works, which is a monumental undertaking. It’s a credit to Melbourne and Australia that we are contributing to this joint effort.”

The GreenTouch meeting will follow the recent OptoElectronics and Communication Conference and Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (OECC/ACOFT) a meeting of 500 global optical communications specialists at Melbourne Convention Centre, where network energy efficiency was a high profile discussion stream.

More information: Alan Lee, 03 8344 0558

About GreenTouch

GreenTouch is a global consortium of leading Information and Communications Technology (CEET) industry, academic and non-government research organisations dedicated to fundamentally transforming communications and data networks, including the Internet, and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of CEET devices, platforms and networks. GreenTouch members comprise of 48 telecommunication vendors, service providers, universities and research organisations including Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent, Swisscom, Fujistu, China Mobile, Orange, the University of Cambridge. More information on GreenTouch.

About CEET

The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) is an academic–industry collaboration located within the University of Melbourne. CEET was launched in March 2011 by Alcatel-Lucent, the Victorian State Government and the University of Melbourne to address the massive projected growth in energy consumption linked to surging Internet demand. Awarded in Australia as a best practice model of academic–industry collaboration, CEET’s research program covers a range of factors critical to the future of IP networking, cloud and ultra-broadband access.

CEET acknowledges the support it receives from the Victorian Government .