Eoin Connolly

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We've all heard about the potential use of fuel cell technology in mobile phones and laptop computers, but they may be arriving faster than you think in other parts of the cellular network. Behind every smoothly running wireless network is an increasingly fragile power infrastructure. The dizzying deployment of new wireless products - and the skyrocketing demand for them - are straining the capacity of networks, even as reliability and quality requirements remain deep into the nines. These conditions call for wireless networks that are optimized in every respect, including backup power. Yet in the scramble to meet these demands, one fact has become increasingly clear: the traditional solutions for backup power, valve-regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries, come up short in wireless's outside plant (OSP) environment. That leaves wireless operators searching for alterna... (more)