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Science and Technology Heads to Make Networks Green

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Alcatel-Lucent's research division, Bell Labs, spearheaded the launch of a global consortium of academics, operators and vendors on Monday (January 11), tasked with the remit of developing technologies capable of making the global communications network 1,000 times more energy efficient than it is today.

At a launch event in London, the Green Touch initiative brought together experts from industry, academia and government labs, and proposed to invent and deliver radical new approaches to energy efficiency that will sit at the heart of sustainable networks for decades to come. Bell Labs also issued an open invitation to all members of the tech and communications community to join the initiative.

Jeong Kim, president of Bell Labs, said the end game of a thousand-fold reduction is roughly equivalent to being able to power the world's communications networks, including the Internet, for three years using the same amount of energy that it currently takes to run them for a single day.

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