EU Research Breakthrough Will Cut LTE Mobile Network Energy Use in Half | cross pond high tech |
The EU-funded EARTH Project has received the 2012 "Future Internet Award" prize for developing unprecedented energy efficiency solutions for mobile broadband networks. Researchers from companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Telecom Italia and NTT DOCOMO, plus universities in Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK, have optimised the energy use of LTE base stations which account for the highest energy consumption in the mobile network. The initiative, which runs until June 2012, received EUR10 million of its nearly EUR15 million costs from the EU. Commercial products are expected from 2014.