Firms pledge to cut modem power consumption by 20% in 2 yrs

Friday 26 June 2015 | 09:53 CET | News
ISPs, equipment suppliers and retail equipment manufacturers have joined the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to announce a new voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of internet modems, routers and other equipment that deliver broadband to millions of consumers in the US. 

The agreement sets requirements to improve the energy efficiency of small network equipment (SNE) by 10 to 20 percent compared to typical, recently-deployed devices and cover more than 90 percent of US broadband households, roughly 80 million homes. 

The new SNE agreement runs through 2017 and is modelled on the successful voluntary agreement for STB energy conservation, launched in 2013. In its first year the STB agreement achieved a 4.4 percent reduction in national energy consumption. According to the agreement’s first annual report, the improved STB energy efficiency saved consumers roughly USD 168 million in energy bills and nearly 842,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to the output of one-half of a large (500 MW) power plant. 

The voluntary SNE agreement’s signatories to date include service providers AT&T, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon, and manufacturers Actiontec, Arris, Cisco, D-Link, EchoStar Technologies, Netgear, Pace and Ubee Interactive.

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