Track 5: Network Transformation: SDN/NFV/Data Centers

How Evolutions in LTE Networks and Fuel Cell Power Have Changed the Site Paradigm

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

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Darin Painter


The convergence of modern LTE site infrastructure requirements and fuel cell development offers network operators highly reliable, clean power options that actually save them money.  The traditional macro site model featured high-powered cell sites with multiple technologies from multiple specialty vendors.  Large shelters were needed to house multiple generations of equipment and technology evolution, which also necessitated large DC power plants to serve site loads and AC generators to meet peak needs from HVAC units for cooling and DC power plant recharging.  The new macro LTE site model features increased site counts for better coverage, but significantly smaller site footprint due to efficiencies in communications and support equipment evolution.  Power and communications may be combined in one cabinet, leading to savings in both OPEX and CAPEX budgets.  Additionally, the smaller power requirements allow operators to utilize clean fuel cell technology, enabling them to make progress toward their corporate sustainability goals.  A highly reliable, cost-effective network that also significantly reduces carbon footprint – it’s a beautiful thing.

Attendees will learn how advancements in communications equipment and hydrogen fuel cells are allowing new site configurations that enable a highly-reliable, cost-effective network that also significantly reduces carbon footprint.