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Recent power outages have shown the importance of local backup, but is it really that simple? If you're responsible for operations at your remote cell sites, you must address a number of issues before you even think about making a decision. How can you ensure that your batteries will perform to design standards in an emergency? How can you maximize the life cycle of your batteries without threatening serviceability? How do climatic and installation variations affect battery life expectancy? Is there a central resource for all this information or a way to store your company's historical data? To help answer these questions, it's important to take a look at the role of batteries in cell site power plants and the history of how they have been deployed. The decade of the '90s will be remembered for the exponential growth and mass-market acceptance of handheld wireless d... (more)