Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government are partnering to establish a research centre in Melbourne, Australia devoted to innovation in energy efficient networks and technologies.
Called the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), it will conduct research on a broad range of telecommunications network infrastructure elements and will focus on how those elements can be made more energy efficient. The AU$10m centre will build to a team of 22 in the next three years and Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne will share governance of the facility, which will be based at the University.
This seems to be the result of the fact that both the University of Melbourne and Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, are members of the GreenTouch initiative, which we reported on back in January. Bell Labs is the lead organiser of the global, industry-wide consortium dedicated to substantially reducing ICT’s carbon footprint by a factor of 1,000. The Centre’s research will be used to further the GreenTouch initiative and its objectives.
Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent CEO was quoted as saying:
“CEET is an example of an initiative that has the potential to play a decisive role in meeting this challenge because it has the key ingredients for success: partners with deep research experience and complementary goals”. Clearly a good thing and could help achieve the telecomms carbon footprint reduction that GreenTouch is aiming for.
It also gives GreenTouch more weight, although it would be better if some more heavyweight telcos were involved in the initiative, which was my reservation when I first reported on it. I’ve just checked the web site again and still no BT, France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, etc.