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“I’ve Got the Power” is a well-known song by SNAP. I know the song is not about electrical power, but as I consider how much electrical power is used and the predicted growth rate with the advent of 5G and its network infrastructure, I can’t help but think of the catchy tune and phrase.
But do we have the power? Not just any power, but reliable power at the right quality and cost?
A 2016 report noted that in 2013 the average annual power consumed by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) network reached 122 GW with 83 GW (68%) of that representing the share of infrastructure equipment. The 83 GW breaks down to:
Linking theses baseline numbers with growth predictions, the electrical power usage is staggering. Let’s consider a couple ICT network infrastructure growth areas just for 5G.
Given the amount of electrical power needed today and predictions for the future, the question becomes:
CommScope’s newly updated eBook Understanding the RF Path can help if you are concerned with ICT network powering or have similar questions as the ones listed above. If you are looking for network powering options, read chapter 11 that specifically addresses CommScope’s Distributed Power Connectivity Solution. After you read, you’ll be able to confidently sing “I’ve got the power!”