International Telecommunication Union
Telecommunication Standardization Policy DivisionITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector
NGNs andEnergy Efficiency
ITU-T Technology Watch Report 7August 2008
Global migration to Next-Generation Networks (NGNs) couldbring about a substantial reduction in power consumption andthereby reduce the telecommunication sector’s contribution toglobal warming. The report presents an overview of the maincharacteristics of NGNs and looks at how they can minimizepower consumption of network, transmission and end-userequipment, as well as in data centres. It examines the energysavings that can be indirectly obtained from greater NGN usage,such as remote collaboration, and highlights ITU-Tstandardization work in the field of NGNs and climate change.