Orange and Huawei have boosted their cooperation to invent and build high energy efficiency telecommunications networks by 2020.
The two companies affirmed their will to reinforce a promising collaboration started in December 2013, by agreeing on ambitious objectives to invent and build high energy efficiency telecommunications networks by 2020.
“This partnership will accelerate the implementation of high energy-efficient solutions in Orange's infrastructures to achieve our 2020 objective of reducing CO2 emissions per customer-usage by 50%,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, senior executive vice president of the Orange group's innovation, marketing and technologies division. “This innovative approach in research and development of ecosystems will assist society in energy and environmental transition”.
Mr Zhilei Zou, the president of carrier business group at Huawei, added: “[The] agreement re-affirms Huawei’s commitment to contribute to Orange 2020 environmental objectives by providing better energy efficient solutions.”
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Work carried out by Orange and Huawei since 2013 has already led to advances in three areas:
• The design of customer connector cards that reduce energy consumption by 50% for ADSL access and 70% for fibre-optic access. Orange is currently assessing the cards for future deployment on their fixed networks.
• Development of energy-saving features for mobile networks that can save an average of 10% of radio equipment energy consumption. Orange has already started to deploy these features in their mobile networks.
• Design of an innovative modular convergent infrastructure (fixed and mobile). A platform is already set up at Huawei research laboratories in Shenzhen. This infrastructure uses the most recent energy supply solutions and cooling systems (400 VDC, liquid cooling, etc.). Orange plan to launch a first pilot trial for this solution in 2016.