MONROE, La., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) will reduce network power consumption by approximately 22,000 megawatt-hours a year through a network optimization project with Nokia.
Leveraging Nokia’s fixed network professional services, CenturyLink will optimize its network performance, create energy efficiencies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our goal is to help ensure the long-term health of our environment, joining with businesses that are focusing on ways to promote and practice the intelligent use of resources,” said Pieter Poll, CenturyLink senior vice president of infrastructure planning. “By optimizing our network, we will reduce Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) power consumption by 37 percent, which will be enough power to supply approximately 2,000 homes with electricity for a year and will also eliminate approximately 15,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas a year.”
Part of a green initiative to consolidate more than 400,000 legacy PSTN subscriber lines, the project is expected to help reduce the power needed to run CenturyLink’s legacy PSTN networks. Utilizing Nokia’s PSTN Smart Transform migration service, processes and tools, CenturyLink will consolidate customers into a more energy efficient telephone switch configuration. More information about CenturyLink’s sustainability efforts can be found in the 2015 CSR brochure: http://www.centurylink.com/aboutus/docs/Corporate-Social-Responsibility-Report.pdf
“Having the right tools, processes and technology expertise in place is critical to efficiently manage more mature PSTN networks which can require a significant amount of resources, power and costs to run,” said Federico Guillén, president of Fixed Networks, Nokia. “Working with CenturyLink, our services team was able to quickly identify the various switches in the network that could be consolidated which helps to drastically reduce power requirements and ultimately the overall carbon footprint required to run those networks.”