Green Touch Hopes to Boost Network Efficiency a Thousand-Fold
Bell Labs recently announced the launch of a global consortium that's aimed at improving the efficiency of the world's communications networks by a factor of one thousand. The group. called Green Touch, includes companies such as AT&T, China Mobile, Portugal Telecom, Swisscom, and Telefonica, and research facilities run by Bell Labs, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), and Freescale Semiconductor. To put that number into perspective, Green Touch notes, "A thousand-fold reduction is roughly equivalent to being able to power the world’s communications networks, including the Internet, for three years using the same amount of energy that it currently takes to run them for a single day." The group will meet for the first time in February.
New Group Working on Practical 5G
A large and diverse group of mobile companies have formed a new group to work on potential 5G radio technology. The group is focusing specifically on technologies that will work below 6 GHz, near the frequency bands of current mobile networks.
AT&T Makes Commitment to Purchasing Renewable Energy
AT&T today said it has agreed to purchase wind power in order to help it reach renewable energy goals. AT&T will buy 220 megawatts of power from the Minco V Wind Farm in Oklahoma and 300 megawatts from the wind farm in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas.
T-Mobile Says It Will Rely On 100% Renewable Energy By 2021
T-Mobile won't be swapping its magenta duds for green, but the company has committed to moving its business to 100% renewable energy by 2021. The company already buys power from the wind-driven Red Forks Wind Power Project in Oklahoma, which went online late last year.
ITC to Investigate 8 Phone Makers Over Patent Claims
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint from Creative Technology / Creative Labs that accuses eight different smartphone makers of infringing on patents.
Google Joins Group Behind Open Stylus Standard
Google this week added its name to a growing number of companies that support an open active stylus standard. It officially joined the Universal Stylus Initiative along with 3M Lattice Semiconductor, Maxeye Smart Technologies, MyScript, and Tactual Labs.
More hot air to add to the atmosphere
I'll certainly believe that...