Australia’s biggest effort to green the internet

One of the world’s largest research efforts into green telecommunications, The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), was officially launched at the University of Melbourne today.

The Centre, a collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne, in partnership with the Victorian State Government, will focus on innovation in energy-efficient networks and technologies, which will enable the explosive growth of the digital economy and its concomitant benefits to society, in a sustainable way.

Launched by the University of Melbourne’s Professor Rod Tucker and Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs President Jeong Kim, CEET – the first facility of its kind in Australia – will develop into a team consisting of more than 22 researchers and technology experts during the next three years. Mr. Kim said the collaboration would build on Alcatel Lucent’s Bell Labs expertise.

“Bell Labs is building on its decades of expertise by partnering with one of the world’s leading telecommunications research teams at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government to develop a centre for in-depth research into energy-efficient telecommunications,” he said.

Professor Rod Tucker, Director of CEET, and Laureate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, discussed the nine research projects that are currently underway at CEET in the three fields of: modeling; transmission and fundamentals. Four projects will focus on energy consumption of telecommunications networks and enable the development of more sophisticated models of energy consumption. Three projects will explore techniques to reduce the energy consumption of transmission equipment in telecommunications networks. And a separate program of work will explore the physical and mathematical properties of photons and electrons which will enable a better understanding of future possibilities in the development of energy-efficient telecommunications equipment. Professor Tucker said demand for more energy efficient telecommunications would only increase as technology advanced.

“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,” Professor Tucker said.

“CEET represents a highly valuable opportunity for Victoria with the significant step it takes toward green telecommunications objectives. The research program draws on established strengths and collaborations with industry and research partners through initiatives such as GreenTouch™, a global, industry-wide consortium formed to achieve improvement in energy efficiency by driving sustainable communications networks.”

Other dignitaries who spoke at the launch, which was coordinated by Alcatel-Lucent Autralia’s, Chief Technical Officer, Ric Clark, included: the University of Melbourne’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis; Assistant Treasure, Minister for Technology and Aviation, the Hon. Gordon-Rich Phillips; Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent Australia, Andrew Butterworth; Bell Labs Chief Scientist, Rod Alferness and Chief Executive of Macquarie Telecom, David Tudehope.

Watch the launch of the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications on You Tube:

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