A Software-Based Approach to Green Broadband

Energy consumption in the telecommunications industry is staggering. In Europe alone, the Broadband Forum estimates that 50 terawatt hours of electricity are consumed per year for broadband equipment across both fixed-line and wireless.

In relative terms, this amount of electricity meets the annual needs of more than 2.8 million households, based on an average annual consumption of 17,793 kWh across the EU27 group of countries.

Another way to look at it – telecom energy requirements in Europe consume the equivalent output of six nuclear power plants with an average capacity of 880MWe, standard for today’s nuclear power plants in Europe. Now extrapolate these numbers for the rest of the world. The numbers aren’t just staggering – they’re overwhelming!

In telecommunications, even small improvements in energy efficiency can amount to tremendous cost savings, as well as a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Of course, significant effort focuses on the largest areas of opportunity – base stations for wireless providers, and consumer premise equipment (CPE) for fixed line access.

These areas offer tremendous room for improvement, yet the improvements come with significant capital cost for purchasing new equipment, and with a relatively long implementation time to deploy all of the new equipment in the field.

What if a service provider could significantly reduce energy consumption today by using software that manages its network equipment for optimum efficiency? The software simply runs within the service provider’s existing infrastructure, without the cost and expense of purchasing new equipment.

A service provider in Central Europe pursued this type of software-centric strategy using ASSIA’s DSL Expresse Power Management to manage power consumption more efficiently on the company’s DSLAM equipment. The results speak for themselves.

The provider identified energy savings totaling more than €350,000 per year for every million DSLs. Using power management software in conjunction with DSL Expresse Profile Optimization, the provider also improved the customer experience with a more stable network.

Lower energy consumption and a more stable network through software – it’s worth a look! Download the case study to learn more!