CommScope: Taking energy efficiency indoors

A conversation with Upendra Pingle, SVP, Intelligent Cellular Networks at CommScope

Most wireless traffic comes from indoor locations – from stadiums, large entertainment centers, and large enterprises, all the way to small businesses and homes. What is the best way to make this type of traffic more sustainable?

I talked with Upendra Pingle, SVP, Intelligent Cellular Networks at CommScope, about the role of in-building infrastructure in increasing end-to-end energy efficiency. How should we compare energy consumption and efficiency in outdoor versus indoor networks? Is indoor infrastructure more energy efficient?

These are complex questions, and Upendra shares his insights into helping operators and enterprises build energy-efficient networks in a wide range of in-building scenarios.

This interview is part of the Senza Fili Deep Dive report “Energy efficiency in Wireless: RAN and beyond.” Watch or download this conversation, or read the full report for free.

Conversation timestamps

00:05 Introduction

01:01 Upendra introduction

02:29 Energy efficiency, CSR at CommScope

03:34 Reducing power consumption with DAS and small cells

04:27 Energy efficiency beyond equipment power consumption

05:01 Smaller footprint, cooling; implication for real estate owners

06:44 Measuring energy efficiency

07:25 NFL stadium example, power saving calculator

09:48 Smaller buildings: small cells, Wi-Fi

11:47 Energy efficiency depends on traffic load

12:52 Where to use DAS, small cells or Wi-Fi

14:54 No single solution works for everybody

15:43 In-building cellular as a service

17:17 Energy efficiency improves TCO

17:50 Virtualization, AI/ML

18:29 Open RAN

19:05 Concluding remarks

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