know cable and broadband providers need building and right-of-way permits to
proceed with any deployment, which increase labor and equipment costs when
building a fiber network.
something you might not know—permits
account for roughly two-thirds of the total budget and the equipment makes
up the remaining third.
Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON)
and fiber equipment costs have fallen, skilled labor costs have risen. How can
operators limit those high labor costs and still deploy a quality fiber network
that can handle the bandwidth needs of
Over the years, the wireless industry has developed all kinds of metrics and benchmarks for measuring and comparing the value of new and emerging technologies. At the end of the day, the business case for virtually any wireless project comes down to the most basic equation: performance versus cost. If the result isn’t a positive net gain (however you want to define that), chances are you’ll have a pretty tough time convincing management to back it.
For in-building wireless network owners—especially those operating a distributed antenna system (DAS) in small to mid-sized facilities—making a convincing argument for investing in multiple-in/multiple-out (MIMO) capabilities in a DAS has been difficult. The cost of the equipment required to do MIMO over DAS has been restrictive. A new technology from CommScope may soon flip that equation on its head. More on that in a minute. Let’s talk a little about MIMO.
I recently attended a data center conference where the
keynote speaker from a prominent software provider stated that they disbanded their long-term data
center planning team. Their reasoning was that the accelerating rate of change in the industry was too
overwhelming, and they had no way to accurately predict what their needs
would look like several years from now. He concluded with the statement that
the only certainty in making a longer term data center plan is that it would be
As he left the podium and the next speaker approached the
stage, you could see by the expressions across the faces of everyone in the
audience that if this well-known industry giant, who should have much better
insight into data center trends, has abandoned long term planning, what hope do we have of trying to get it
This blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions,” in which we will explain common terms in communications network infrastructure.
The Common Public Radio Interface, or CPRI, is an evolving specification for wireless communications networks defined by a consortium of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The specification relates to the communication link between radio equipment controller units, typically known as baseband units (BBUs), and the radio equipment itself, which we call remote radio units (RRUs).
Another new year is upon us. That means most of us made resolutions to better our lives. Let's be honest, some of us have probably strayed from them already. However, if one of your resolutions was to become a fiber optics specialist, then I can help.
The emerging and ever increasing market
for fiber communications is one that
puzzles a lot of people. Those in this industry need to understand market trends and development for fiber optics, which
is now encroaching into many aspects of our lives. Fiber optic cabling is becoming
a vital infrastructure in three major areas, and we might not even be aware of
it: commercial real estate, intelligent building networks and data centers.
Wireless networking has
evolved over time. The improved performance of Wi-Fi has resulted in the “bring
your own device” (BYOD) explosion for business enterprises. Network managers
must assess what this increased wireless demand will do to their wired
infrastructure. Can they support
higher data rates on aging infrastructure?
vast majority of installed structured cabling is Category 5/5e and Category 6
with 10/100 and 1G Base-T switches. NBase-T includes new switching technology
with intermediate switch speeds (2.5G and 5G) designed to operate on existing
cabling infrastructure. The immediate impact to IT managers will be the
deferral of potentially costly cabling upgrades as they move their wireless
challenge when deploying Wi-Fi access points, small cells, and other remote
devices is finding a local source of power. Network engineers plan where they
want to place these devices; however, the absence of a local electric outlet
forces placement in alternative locations. Sometimes this means hiring an
electrician to run 110/220 volt power and even installing a power meter.
HD cameras, optical network terminals (ONT),
and other network access devices can be difficult, especially in outdoor
environments. Most of these devices accept a Power over Ethernet (PoE)
input for power and data; however, the PoE distance limitation of 100 meters
can cause difficulties with network planning.
There are no shortages of new
technologies that arrived on the scene over the past few years – ranging from
self-driving cars to 3-D printing to cryptocurrency
Some of these promise to make the
world a better place without providing any real business case or justification
for its use. Others seem to receive a huge amount of hype and give the ongoing
promise that they will go main stream in another three-to-five years.
As a digital marketing employee, I have participated in a number of website transitions—moving company info from one website to another. In these efforts, we always have been mindful of the fact that our customers take this journey with us. We want to make sure the trip is as pleasant as possible for them. That was the philosophy that guided the just-achieved update to the CommScope website, which included the addition of content from the Enterprise, Telecom and Wireless businesses of TE Connectivity.
bandwidth consumption continues to rise sharply, and service providers face
ever-increasing competition to win over subscribers, operators
and data center managers are in a race to adopt the best methodologies for
bringing fiber deeper into their networks.
take a look at the challenges and benefits for each group in 2016 as they
evaluate how to drive fiber deeper.