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Study Examines Energy Impacts of Video Networks, Identifies EE Opportunities

Project to Study Energy Consumption in Video Networks

The Daily Fusion, June 24, 2014

Researchers at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden) have received funding for a project that aims to increase the energy efficiency of IP-based video networks.

The mobile video traffic is expected to increase by more than 70% per year over the next four years and it requires a lot of resources in the networks in order to deliver the service. The Swedish project is part of a larger European Celtic Plus project with 19 participants from five countries, where most of the participants come from industry. The results will lead to new products launched, such as energy-efficient solutions for the Radio Access Network (RAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

According to the Blekinge Institute of Technology, the project has its origins in a number of observations. Energy consumption in video networks and carbon dioxide emissions from video traffic on the internet will increase dramatically in the coming years and exceed those from air traffic in 2020.

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