The Potential Impact of Green Technologies in Next-Generation Wireline Networks - Is There Room for Energy Saving Optimization?

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Executive Summary

Recently, network operators around the world reported statistics of network energy requirements and the related carbon footprint, showing an alarming and growing trend. Such high energy consumption can be mainly ascribed to networking equipment designed to work at the maximum capacity with high and almost constant dissipation, independently of the traffic load. However, recent developments of green network technologies suggest the chance of building future devices capable of adapting their performance and energy absorption to meet actual workload and operational requirements.

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