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The Energy Challenge in Deploying 5G & Beyond

August 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


About the Webinar 

As the expectations for 5G’s benefits are high, the situation on the ground is quite different: power requirements at the system level were often neglected, and the deployment faces significant hurdles in maintaining the promises of 5G and supporting all the new features (bandwidth, response time and ubiquitous intelligence). Energy infrastructure limitations are at risk to severely curtail the achievable performance, thus affecting ROI and the business case for the proposed applications.

Each generation of cellular technology has been successful in relation to its ability to provide increased services at a lower cost, leveraging both Moore’s Law and increases in channel capacity utilization, but with 5G both levers are limited in their ability to deliver overall energy utilization improvements. Higher energy usage is now required to enable a lot of the benefits, but its cost has become a dominant factor in both CAPEX and OPEX.

Eliminating the “5G Energy Gap” requires a comprehensive focus on energy efficiency to address the bottlenecks and maximize the viability of the technology across the different use cases. Such effort may not only deliver on the promises, but also lead to a more sustainable and equitable distribution of the services.


Francesco Carobolante, IoTissimo

About the Presenter

Francesco Carobolante is a Sr. Member of the IEEE, Co-chair of the IEEE INGR Energy Efficiency Working Group, Member of the Steering and Technical Committees for several IEEE PELS and PSMA initiatives, and is Principal at IoTissimo, where he helps global organizations and young companies develop technology and business strategies to compete in today’s fast-changing high-tech world. His 10-years’ experience as Vice President Engineering at Qualcomm, combined with many years in senior leadership roles for major technology firms and start-ups, enabled him to develop leading edge products for Mobile, Computing, Audio and Communication. He created many industry “firsts,” among which the Magnetic Resonance Wireless Power Transfer that received Best of Innovation Award Honoree at 2015 Consumer Electronic Show. He received Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degrees from both University of Padova, Italy and University of California, Los Angeles.


August 18, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm