Greentouch consortium open for general membership

The GreenTouch consortium is opening up its membership.

The consortium was launched in January of this year by founder members including service providers AT&T, China Mobile, Orange, Portugal Telecom, Swisscom, and Telefonica; academic research labs The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Research Laboratory for Electronics (RLE), Stanford University’s Wireless Systems Lab (WSL), and the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES); government and non-profit research institutions The CEA-LETI Applied Research Institute for Microelectronics, imec, The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), Foundation for Mobile Communications; and industrial research organisations at Bell Labs, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Huawei, and Freescale Semiconductor.

Since January the founder members have been structuring the organisation, defining a workplan and trying to settle governance issues such as the handling of intellectual property.

A technical committee has been formed to define a common description of network architecture, so that effective comparisons can be made between different approaches to each part of it. The committee has also set technical goals and targets relating to measuring, modelling, and predicting energy consumption in communications networks. It is also coordinating the activities of workgroups focused on specific technology areas such as wireless and fixed access, core transmission and switching and routing technologies.

The consortium is now inviting individuals and companies to join it to help meet the energy reduction goal. GreenTouch members will benefit from collaboration with experts from around the world, work on the application of fundamental research and turn innovative ideas about sustainable networks into breakthrough technologies.

Members will also be eligible to join attend a meeting in London, England, from 15 to 17 June to discuss emerging technologies and technical models, review project proposals and get involved in the formation of committees and workgroups.

If you're interested, the Greentouch consortium has put a membership application form and non-disclosure agreement on its website at

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