Box Internet: ARCEP will soon reveal how much they really consume

It’s been a few weeks since the major Internet service providers in France responded to the call for energy sobriety by deploying updates targeting their equipment.

The majority of box thus benefited from a update to limit their standby consumption or add a deep sleep mode when not in use.

ARCEP is preparing a new study

To go further, Arcep had already launched a vast survey and collected data on consumption and the environmental impact of telecom operators. The regulator has thus launched a survey on “sustainable digital”, the second edition of which is expected for this spring 2023 and a third by the end of the year.

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Since the beginning of this year, ARCEP collects data from terminal manufacturers, but also from data center operators. The study aims to provide information on all of our connected devices, but above all nox box, TV decoders and Wi-Fi repeaters, the most popular trio offered by ISPs.

This past January 5, ARCEP published its detailed measurement protocol procedure. A very detailed protocol that takes into account different use cases in order to correspond to the majority of real uses.

How much do Internet boxes actually consume?

The objective of the observatory is to inform users about the environmental impacts of the digital sector, and to offer real and verifiable, totally impartial data on the consumption of devices.

By the way, ARCEP recalls a few notions, thus evoking that optical fiber remains to this day the least energy-intensive technology: a fiber subscriber consumes 4 times less kWh than a subscriber on a copper network. It is also highlighted the benefits of using WiFi on his mobile in the house rather than the network 4G/5G because here again, the consumption is two times less.


For the internet box, WiFi repeaters and TV decoders, ARCEP plans 5 consumption measurement situations. The regulator will measure the consumption of a box connected to no PC, another without WiFi, a box connected to a PC and with WiFi activated, but without traffic, and finally two measurements with traffic and a bandwidth of 5Mbit/s .

For WiFi repeaters, three situations have been retained : Repeater on, but not used, used with a client without traffic, and used with active flow. As for the TV decoder, ARCEP will study standby consumption, 20 minutes after standby, stopped directly, and in 4 active situations: viewing a live channel, without connection to a DTT antenna, reading Replay as well as reading from an OTT service (Netflix , Youtube).

The results of the study will be published at the end of spring, and could lead to commitments on the part of ISPs to offer less energy-consuming equipment to attract their customers a little more.

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Box Internet: ARCEP will soon reveal how much they really consume

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