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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 H 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 THE 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, VOICE * * Fall/Winter 2016 33

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
Company Profiles
Index of Advertisers.
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

The CCA Voice - Fall/Winter 2016