GSMA energy efficiency methodology incorporated in ITU’s new global standard

GSMA announced that its Mobile Energy Efficiency Benchmarking methodology has
been recognised in a global standard by the International Telecommunication
Union (ITU).

The GSMA’s methodology, which benchmarks the energy efficiency of mobile
networks, is included in the ITU’s standard ITU-T L.1410 ‘Methodology for
Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT Goods, Networks and Services’.

GSMA developed its methodology as part of the Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE)
Network Benchmarking service, launched a year ago at Mobile Asia Congress 2010.
MEE has now been adopted by 35 mobile network operators who run more than 200
networks across 145 countries.

“The recognition of our methodology in a global standard is a testament to
the outstanding collaboration the GSMA has with its members and other
stakeholders such as the ITU and European Commission,” said Gabriel
Solomon, Head of Regulatory Policy, GSMA.

“We are delighted with the timely outcome of a complex process. The ITU
maintains a first-rate working relationship with the GSMA, and many other
partners, aimed at achieving a definitive set of methodologies to measure the
environmental impact of ICTs,” said Malcolm Johnson, director, ITU
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.

To leverage the results of the MEE Benchmarking service, the GSMA has launched
a new service, MEE Optimisation, which undertakes a detailed bottom-up analysis
to identify and assess the inefficiencies of a network, to then provide
operators with a cost-benefit analysis of specific solutions that can be considered
to improve network energy efficiency.

The MEE Optimisation service develops detailed action plans aimed at reducing
operators’ energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. To do this, the GSMA
partners with third parties such as equipment vendors to deliver the MEE
Optimisation service to operators. The GSMA is currently piloting the first MEE
Optimisation project and is in discussions with several members about rolling
out the service more widely.

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