Ericsson uses lasers to ‘cut the power cord’ for 5G RAN

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Today, Ericsson have announced a proof-of-concept trial in Seattle, demonstrating the use of lasers to wirelessly power a 5G base station. The breakthrough comes courtesy of their partnership with US laser company PowerLight Technologies. The solution uses optical beaming, a technology that turns electricity into high-intensity light, which is then fired at the base station…

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