the government wants to encourage operators to put Internet stations on standby

The executive will unveil its major sobriety plan on Thursday with a digital component to always save a little more energy.

Putting the internet boxes on hold is obviously one of the challenges for the government, which will unveil its main sobriety plan on Thursday. Thus, in the executive’s press kit, the box and decoder issue is one of the new measures.

“The players in the sector will define the criteria for preparing internet boxes and TV decoders for standby when not in use,” explains the text.

This is generally the case with TV decoders, which automatically go into standby, but not necessarily for internet boxes. For example, you might want to turn off Wi-Fi at night.

Contacted by Tech & Co, the office of the Minister Delegate for Digital confirms that the idea is to put the internet boxes of all operators on stand-by. For example, allowing users to schedule a shutdown of the box and Wi-Fi at a specific time slot.

Another possibility is to schedule a time slot during which the box turns off if it does not detect any device connected to Wi-Fi.

On the TV decoder side, the idea is to turn it off at the same time as the TV (on the Apple TV model) and not after a certain period of inactivity as usually happens.

Main criterion for rapid use: that it does not depend on the hardware but on a simple software update.

A modest economy?

The Internet Box issue is not new. In July, government spokesman Olivier Véran proposed as a daily gesture to “disconnect Wi-Fi” before leaving for the weekend or vacation.

According to Ademe, an internet station consumes on average 97 kWh / year, or 2% of the total electricity consumption of a French family (as much as a washing machine). That’s almost double the size of a TV.

Disconnecting Wi-Fi every weekend and for five weeks of vacation would thus save an average of 37 kWh / year, or 0.8% of its annual electricity consumption.

On the other hand, it is more interesting on the whole: in a recent note, Arcep estimated that, “used on average a few hours a day, the internet boxes that are permanently switched on in Europe have a consumption equivalent to the production of two or three nuclear reactors”.

Thomas Le Roy BFM Affari Journalist

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