When Using DC Power Makes Sense for WISP & Broadband Operators

As the need for internet connectivity expands in the last few years to some of the least connected parts of America, the work for Broadband and WISP (Wireless Internet Service Providers) operators to provide reliable uptime is more important than ever. Your remote facilities are unique and there’s no one blanket wide solution that can be used as template for all locations. To ensure uptime is at optimal levels, operators and integrators need to know when to use AC power and when having DC power has its advantages.

Broadband operators that are most likely to use DC power distribution systems are typically those that operate in areas where grid power may be unreliable or unavailable, or where there’s a need for increased energy efficiency and cost savings. Here are some scenarios where broadband operators might opt for DC power distribution systems:

  • Remote Areas or Rural Deployments: In regions where grid power infrastructure is lacking or unreliable, such as rural areas or developing countries, broadband operators may choose to deploy DC power systems. This allows them to rely on alternative power sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, or batteries to provide electricity for network equipment.
  • Data Centers and Central Offices: In data centers and central offices, where large amounts of power are required to operate networking equipment and servers, broadband operators may implement DC power distribution systems to some of their systems improve energy efficiency and resiliency.
  • Telecom Towers and Remote Sites: Broadband operators that operate telecom towers or have network infrastructure deployed in remote locations may use DC power distribution systems to power equipment at these sites. DC power systems can be more reliable and easier to maintain in remote areas where access to grid power may be limited.
  • Green Initiatives and Sustainability Goals: Some broadband operators may choose DC power distribution systems as part of their sustainability initiatives and efforts to reduce carbon emissions. By using renewable energy sources and optimizing energy efficiency, they can minimize their environmental impact and lower operating costs over time.
  • High-Density Computing Environments: In environments where high-density computing is deployed, such as cloud data centers or edge computing facilities, DC power distribution systems can offer advantages in terms of scalability, flexibility, and energy efficiency compared to traditional AC power systems.

As DC power solutions expand to meet the needs of WISP operators with remote locations, new features such as remote monitoring and control allows network operators to make their remote locations more resilient. Features such as analytics and remote troubleshooting allow operators the ability to identify best times to schedule preventative maintenances and perform troubleshooting remotely for minor issues, optimizing the use of operators’ precious field team.

Overall, broadband operators operating in remote areas, aiming for energy efficiency, or seeking to reduce environmental impact are most likely to adopt DC power distribution systems for their infrastructure.