EARTH wins ”Future Internet Award”

Awarded research breakthrough will cut 4G / LTE mobile network energy use in half
CWC Researchers towards greener mobile networks

University of Oulu based Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) has again been internationally rewarded for its pioneering research activity.  The EU-funded project EARTH has received the 2012 "Future Internet Award" prize for achieving unprecedented energy efficiency for wireless communication networks. The EARTH project consortium succeeded in optimizing hardware, deployment and management solutions efficiently into an integrated solution that allows decreasing energy consumption by more than 50 %. In particular, they have optimized the energy use of 4G/LTE (Long-Term Evolution) base stations, which account for the highest energy consumption in the mobile network.

According to the EU press release, optimizing the energy use of the network will gradually bring down electricity bills for operators and help keep mobile costs affordable, while reducing pollution and carbon emissions. By reducing the power required to operate each mobile base station, it is also expected that these stations could in future be operated reliably by renewable energy, further reducing emissions.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "The ICT sector is growing but its carbon footprint should not follow. I congratulate the partners of the EARTH project who have found ways to deliver the services we need while reducing CO2 emissions and cutting down on energy bills"

The EARTH project runs until June 2012. Products are expected to be available on the market in 2014. Industrial and SME partners have already started to transfer their results into real products for the multi-billion euro global market for 4G products.

The project received €10 million of its nearly €15 million from the EU. The Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200) uses funding from the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) to support innovative ICT solutions.

More information:

ceFIMS press release

EU press release

Last updated: 12.6.2012