Driving sustainability in telco metro networks

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How can operators apply best practice principles from the cloud and leading operators as they plan their metro network for growth?


Format: PDF filePages: 23 pagesAuthor: Ani KeshishyanPublication Date: March 2023

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Common practice: Where are metro network operators focusing their sustainability efforts?
  • Best practice: Applying cloud principles to metro networks
  • Next practice: What future measures need to be incorporated into current thinking?
  • Recommendations for operators: Identifying the right tools and methodologies

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Recommendations for operators
  • Figure 2: Classification of greenhouse gas emissions reporting
  • Figure 3: Three types of operator strategies for sustainability
  • Figure 4: Network and service convergence with network slicing
  • Figure 5: Future-proof design for longer hardware cycles
  • Figure 6: Modular network design for longer hardware cycles
  • Figure 7: Estimated yearly reduction in CO2 emissions (for one SP) from field interventions
  • Figure 8: Local edge workloads can reduce traffic to the core
  • Figure 9: Spine and leaf architectures can provide greater network resilience
  • Figure 10: Scope 3 emissions need to become more granular


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: AI, automation, Best practice, Cloud, Cloud Computing, cloud metro, fibre, GHG emissions, KPIs, metro network, net-zero, scope 1, scope 2