Exclusive Speaker Interview with Dave Bossmin, Chair of the ATIS Wireless Working Group

David Bossmin photoThe Telco Energy & Infrastructure Efficiency team is honoured to have Dave Bossmin, Chair of the ATIS Wireless Working Group speaking at the event. We were also delighted to speak to Dave ahead of November and hear more about how its leading operator and vendor member representatives are working together to advance the energy efficiency of mobile wireless networks and their elements.

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Please could you give us a brief description of the ATIS Wireless Working Group’s objectives and work?

The scope of the ATIS Wireless Working Group’s (WWG’s) work includes the development of standards and technical reports related to the energy efficiency of mobile wireless networks and their elements (such as radio base stations).  Specifically, this work defines energy efficiency metrics and energy efficiency measurement procedures.  The standards are intended to enable a fair evaluation of mobile wireless network equipment (with respect to energy efficiency) to occur. 

And what does your role as Chair involve and who are other key representatives and members?

All ATIS member companies are able to participate in the WWG.  However key participating companies currently include Ericsson, Verizon Wireless, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Solutions and Networks and Intel.  As Chair of the WWG, part of my role is to ensure that standards are developed in a timely and focused manner, and that all participants have an equal opportunity to contribute to the process.  An important aspect of my role involves liaising with other standardization organizations to understand their work on similar standards, thus improving our standards’ quality and effectiveness.

Why should energy efficiency be a focus for telecom operators and their partners?

Energy efficiency is an important and challenging issue for all parts of society; it is not exclusive to telecom operators and their partners.  An improvement in energy efficiency has a positive impact on all three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental.  Hence the reasons for the telecom industry to focus on energy efficiency are numerous.

How can standards quicken the development of energy efficient telecommunications equipment?

Quality measurement standards help develop an understanding of energy efficiency in telecommunications equipment.  Knowing the current energy efficiency of a product and identifying opportunities for improvement are key in the development of energy efficient mobile broadband solutions.

Where else are standards needed to improve energy efficiency across the mobile broadband ecosystem?

All layers and segments of a mobile broadband ecosystem can benefit from standardized energy efficiency measurement procedures and metrics.  These standards provide a common platform upon which the energy efficiency of the mobile broadband ecosystem (or parts thereof) can be properly characterized.    They are intended to encourage and recognize energy efficient designs rather than restrict or mandate them.

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