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February 18, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Bolsters GSM/EDGE Portfolio


Alcatel-Lucent reportedly has developed a new feature called “Dynamic Power Save” for its GSM/EDGE base stations. The product is designed to reduce power consumption by 27 percent, offering energy and cost savings for mobile operators.

 
The company claims that they have demonstrated this power reduction at the base stations deployed by China Mobile (News - Alert).
 
Alcatel-Lucent is a partner of service providers, enterprises and governments, providing solutions that to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. 
 
The DPS solution can reduce the power used by turning off the power amplifier in GSM transceivers at the base stations depending on the network traffic. If there is zero data transmitted on the network even for a short time DPS switches off the transceiver. This is done through a highly systematic approach so that the quality of service to the customer is not hindered.
 
This process offers substantial cost savings at night when calling volumes are naturally lower, but also, because of the sensitivity of the monitoring techniques, considerable power savings are available during busy times as well. DPS is a software upgrade that makes it easy for the company to install it in their base stations and Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) has decided to upgrade all of its multi-standard base stations deployed since 1999, some 500,000 stations.
 
“Alcatel-Lucent is committed to developing innovative technologies that help our customers reduce their carbon footprint while offering consistently reliable and top-quality services to their subscribers,” said Benoit de Corn, who leads Alcatel-Lucent’s GSM/EDGE activities. “No other wireless equipment vendor in the industry can boast such an impressive power consumption profile, particularly since we can apply these power savings to our entire embedded base of customers, going back to 1999.”
 
Alcatel-Lucent has stated that this solution is part of their green initiative to bring down the amount of power over consumed by the telecommunications industry. It is suggested that if electricity used by network connections and devices can be reduced dramatically then the company’s carbon footprint falls too.
 
The company maintains that it works to enrich people’s lives-by transforming the way the world communicates and connects, and by acting in full recognition of its social and environmental responsibilities as a responsible corporate citizen in the telecom industry.
 

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