Monday, 10 December 2018

Powering down the networks

By Geoff Bennett, Infinera
Monday 12 October 09

Photonic integration promises to make a substantial dent in optical networks' power consumption.

The increased reliance on ICT and its importance to global economies has been clearly illustrated by Barack Obama's U.S. broadband regeneration programme and Lord Carter's Digital Britain report. Each outlines that increased investment is integral to market recovery and the 'new world economy'. However, if implemented incorrectly, broadband for all will come at a price to our environment, because the Internet is a power hog and telecom companies are among the largest consumers of electricity. The amount of electricity consumed by ICT systems is increasing dramatically, as demand for the services they power continues to soar…

The increased reliance on ICT and its importance to global economies has been clearly illustrated by Barack Obama's U.S. broadband regeneration programme and Lord Carter's Digital Britain report. Each outlines that increased investment is integral to market recovery and the 'new world economy'. However, if implemented incorrectly, broadband for all will come at a price to our environment, because the Internet is a power hog and telecom companies are among the largest consumers of electricity. The amount of electricity consumed by ICT systems is increasing dramatically, as demand for the services they power continues to soar…

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