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ATIS Develops Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio

March 19, 2009, Washington, DC - The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) announced that it has published three standards used to determine telecommunication equipment’s energy efficiency. The standards introduce the Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio or TEER as a measure of network-element efficiency.

The standards provide a comprehensive methodology for measuring and reporting energy consumption, and uniformly quantify a network component’s ratio of “work performed” to energy consumed.

The efficiency standards are specific to equipment type, network location and classification. Normalizing these ratings by functionality enables “apples-to-apples” equipment comparison. This systemized assessment results in repeatable and comparable energy consumption measurement.

“The TEER’s development is another example of ATIS’ market-driven work,” said Susan Miller, ATIS President and CEO. “It reaffirms industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability and green business practices. Moreover, it will enable diverse industry elements increased efficiencies and cost containment – which translates to savings for end-users.”

The three American National Institute Standards, developed by ATIS’ Network Interface, Power and Protection (NIPP) Committee, define TEER’s General Requirements, Transport Equipment TEER, and Server Equipment TEER. These are the first of a larger collection – related to diverse network processes including: routers, power rectifiers and wireless access equipment – currently in development. The completed documents are available for purchase on the ATIS Document Center under the following numbers:

• ATIS-0600015.2009, Energy Efficiency for Telecommunication Equipment: Methodology for Measurement and Reporting – General Requirements
• ATIS-0600015.01.2009, Energy Efficiency for Telecommunication Equipment: Methodology for Measurement and Reporting -- Server Requirements
• ATIS-0600015.02.2009, Energy Efficiency for Telecommunication Equipment: Methodology for Measurement and Reporting – Transport Requirements.

NIPP Mission Statement
The Network Interface, Power, and Protection Committee (NIPP) develops and recommends standards and technical reports. The standards and technical reports are related to power systems, electrical and physical protection for the exchange and interexchange carrier networks, and interfaces associated with user access to telecommunications networks.

About ATIS
ATIS is the leading technical planning and standards development organization committed to the
rapid development of global, market-driven standards for the information, entertainment and communications industry. More than 300 companies actively formulate standards in ATIS’ 20 Committees, covering issues including: IPTV, Service Oriented Networks, Home Networking, Energy Efficiency, IP-Based and Wireless Technologies, Quality of Service, Billing and Operational Support. In addition, numerous Incubators, Focus and Exploratory Groups address emerging industry priorities including “Green”, IP Downloadable Security, Next Generation Carrier Interconnect, IPv6 and Convergence.

ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications’ Sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, please visit