Track 3: Construction & Engineering for Network Reliability

The Futility of Growing Your Data Capacity While Ignoring Your Power Requirements


August 15, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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Eric Strayer

BICSI – 1 CEC, ETA – 3 CEC’s

US consumers are looking at their devices more than 9 billion times a day chewing through 2.5 GB of cellular data per month. In the U.S., it took roughly 20 years to reach 1GB per month while it took only a year to reach an additional 1.5 GB. An entire year’s worth of mobile data traffic in 2007 is now reached in less than 75 hours. The industry predicts an average consumption of 11GB per month per customer by 2019. And most importantly, 70% of 911 calls take place over the nations wireless infrastructure with 64% of calls coming from indoors. Carriers spent $28 billion in 2016 to keep up with the latest technology, the best technology.

But network resilience doesn’t get the same priority. Backup power solutions in the industry stay woefully inadequate, with the continual deployment of old and nearly obsolete technology like generators and batteries.

The great irony for the wireless industry is that as it accelerates at maximum speed into the future it shackles itself to the past, relying on 1950’s technology for their most critical time of need, when the grid fails them. But the industry can throw off those shackles if it is willing to. Next generation technology exists as a perfectly viable and cost effective solution. Altergy Systems will explain modern fuel cell technology and how it can replace generators and batteries in a modern power infrastructure.