Alcatel-Lucent's research arm, Bell Labs, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government are partnering to establish a AU$10 M research centre that will be devoted to innovation in energy-efficient networks and technologies. Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne will share governance of the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), which will be based at the university. It will have a staff of researchers and technology experts that will build to a team of 22 over the next three years.

The centre will conduct research on a broad range of telecommunications network infrastructure elements and will focus on how those elements can be made more energy efficient. In achieving its goals, CEET will draw on Bell Labs' decades of achieving breakthrough innovations and its extensive experience in managing collaborative research projects as well as on the University of Melbourneís world-class research in telecommunications network infrastructure.

Both the University of Melbourne and Bell Labs are members of the GreenTouch™ initiative, a global, industry-wide consortium formed to achieve a dramatic improvement in energy efficiency by driving a radical redesign of communications networks. Accordingly, the research activities undertaken by the Centre will be used to further the GreenTouch initiative and its objectives.