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T H E M E: 5G: T H E N E X T G E N E R AT ION
Power Outages Don't Belong
in a Connected World
By Michael Balter
VP, Business Development, Altergy
ere's one of the greatest ironies
of all-time ... many of the world's
most innovative technologies
are being powered by technology that's
more than 100 years old.
Our nation's electric grid debuted
in the 1880s, and while it has grown
considerably, the technology behind
delivering the country's power has
not changed much since then. Today's
average power plant is more than 30
years old, the average transformer more
than 40 years old.
As the grid ages, it fails more and
more often. The grid fails more than
twice as often now than it did thirty
years ago, and power outages often last
three-to-five times longer. In fact, the
U.S. experiences more black outs than
any other developed nation on earth.
And while severe weather remains the
leading cause of power outages, the grid
faces growing threats from increased
power demand and outright vandalism.
The grid has suffered more than 360
attacks in just the past five years.
While grid technology has not
changed much, consumer expectations
have. Customers today expect to be
connected 24/7, plugged into virtual
worlds of on-demand information and
instant communications - expectations
that take continuous power to meet.
Given that it is a question of "when,"
not "if," the grid will fail, communications
companies must make backup
power a strategic priority and not an
afterthought. Customer retention in a
connected world may depend on it.
Conventional wisdom points to diesel
generators and lead-acid batteries as the
backup power sources of choice. They
have been popular choices because of
inertia rather than advanced technology.
Both have been around for decades, and
their escalating costs and operational
shortcomings are well documented.
But companies looking to upgrade
their networks are faced with an
interesting question: can you modernize
your infrastructure using last-generation
technology? Lead-acid battery
technology has not changed in decades,
nor have diesel generators. Plus, the
emission concerns that surround diesel
and short runtimes that plague batteries
often are inconsistent with corporate
sustainability and customer service goals.
The backup power status quo is
neither clean nor cost-effective. The lack
of reliable, sustainable power alternatives
has left business leaders frustrated.
Reliability is a must for any backup
power solution. What good is an
established solution if it doesn't work
when you need it? Fortunately,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2016
Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Slayton Stewart
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2016 Excellence in Marketing Awards
Next-Generation IoT: Revolutionizing Mission-Critical Connectivity
What 100 Operators Really Think About 5G
5G Is Here (If You Want It)
Five Trends Shaping the Future of Spectrum
5G, A Technology Vision
Cloud-based IP: The Way to 5G and the Internet of Things
Power Outages Don’t Belong in a Connected World
The Path to 5G: Challenges, Benefits and Endless Possibilities
The Evolution to 5G: Implementing the Next Generation of Wireless Networks
New Report Details One Year of Roaming Fraud Data to Add to Industry Knowledge
Better Data for Brand Evolution
Verticals: At the End of the 5G Rainbow
Over-the-Top International Wi-Fi Calling and Messaging
SmartCom Brings 4G LTE to Belize
In the Dugout with Kevin Cundiff, Creator of Retail Moneyball
Index of Advertisers.
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2016