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Learn the Basics of Microwave Backhaul Networks

Posted by Laura Fontaine on November 24, 2015

Comsearch-MicrowaveThe pace of the wireless industry makes it difficult yet critical to keep up with professional development. Acquiring new skills helps to prepare for new opportunities, keep pace with current responsibilities or simply broaden understanding and capabilities. 

Online training makes it even easier to attain or enhance skills. Fitting training into current work responsibilities can be a real challenge. An online program gives students the flexibility to study on the schedule that fits their lives. Online courses also help workers remain competitive without needing to take time off from their jobs to do so.

Get Connected into Connected and Efficient Buildings

Dave Tanis
Posted by Dave Tanis on November 23, 2015

C&EebookThe workplace is undergoing dramatic changes, moving from a place for employees to come to work to one that fosters collaboration and maximizes productivity and the use of building resources.

Recently, I attended the CoRE TECH 2015 conference in Santa Clara and learned about  how new technology and innovations can help corporate real estate and facilities managers get the most out of their properties.  

CommScope Definitions: What are Industry Standards?

Dave Tanis
Posted by Dave Tanis on November 20, 2015

StandardsThis blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions,” in which common communications network and data center industry terms are explained.  

It is a fact that standards govern most industries and outline such things as materials, designs and protocols. Standards are put in place to make things “easier” for the industry.  When asked about the proliferation of standards in the computer industry, Andrew S. Tanenbaum  is credited with saying, “The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.”  

To Repurpose or Not to Repurpose. That is the Question (Part 2)

Ricardo Diaz
Posted by Ricardo Diaz on November 17, 2015

Cabling_DiazIn part one of this blog series I stated that with new protocols and equipment for repurposing cabling in buildings, you may feel tempted to continue using either Category 5e or Category 6 cables. Part of the reasons is that the new Ethernet protocols (2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T) are promoting these cables as “good enough” for any cabling installation.

Let’s think about an existing building with the cabling already deployed. For each project, every customer will need to consider capital expenditures, operating expenditures, return on investments and all those other enthralling financial concepts. Every facility manager will need to reach his/her own conclusion; however, the inherent pains of the recabling process need to be considered quite heavily, and I will provide you my opinion. 

Embracing LTE in Taiwan

Seth Chiang
Posted by Seth Chiang on November 16, 2015

TaiwanLong Term Evolution (LTE) has quickly become the main 4G wireless technology throughout the world. Taiwan started its LTE journey in 2014 when the major Taiwan telecom operators launched their first LTE services. Since then, the Taiwanese 4G/LTE market has experienced rapid growth; Taiwan is now recognized as a leading broadband market. According to forecasts from IDC, Taiwan’s LTE coverage will reach 99 percent of its territory and Taiwan’s 4G subscribers are expected to expand to 10 million by the end of this year.

Along with this remarkable growth, Taiwan’s 4G market is witnessing another big trend.  According to statistics issued by the Taiwanese telecommunications industry, the average monthly data transmissions of 4G users  is approximately 10 gigabytes (GB)--the highest in the world.

CommScope Definition: What is an Alternative Jacket?

Posted by Jeremy Brock on November 13, 2015

Alternative_Jacket_CablesRodents, such as squirrels, frequently chew durable materials to wear down their teeth so they don’t grow too long. One of the most common materials rodents like to chew on is cable. They will chew any type of cable, especially aerial cables.

When a rodent chews through a cable, they can disrupt service to customers. That means operators need to replace the damaged cable, resulting in unnecessary truck rolls, man hours and costly repairs. Communications cables are just as susceptible as power cables to rodent damage. Operators are always looking to protect their valuable infrastructure to assure the working life of the cables. One way operators can protect their infrastructure is by using an Alternative Jacket™. So what is an Alternative Jacket?

How Organizations Can Improve Employee Productivity

Posted by Bryn Jones on November 11, 2015

EmployeeProdMany private and public sector organizations may be unaware that they could take steps to make better use of their office space to drive up employee productivity and cut costs at the same time. Getting the most out of employees and their workspace makes sound business sense.

Conventional workspaces fall short

Many companies have too much office space to begin with and yet they struggle to provide adequate spaces for their teams when they need to work. Surveys show that offices have 50 percent or less desk utilization and in the UK, office space utilization can be as low as 40 percent.

The RF Path to 5G

Kevin Linehan
Posted by Kevin Linehan on November 9, 2015

5G-compressedThe rollout of any new generation of mobile network technology is never as simple as flicking a switch. Much of the current discussion around 5G is about its definition. But 5G won’t truly happen until it can actually happen in the network. Like all grand designs, obstacles need to be overcome in order to achieve that goal.

Like other industry commentators, my fundamental viewpoint is that 5G will be a “network of networks.” Network densification involving macro sites, in-building wireless, metro cells and small cells will continue on the way to 5G. This densification adds more complexity to wireless networks and demands ever more sophisticated infrastructure solutions. Managing these multiple network layers efficiently is becoming ever more important to deliver 5G speeds and throughput.

CommScope Definitions: What is DPoE?

Posted by Leni Thomas on November 6, 2015

DPoEThis blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions,” in which we will explain common terms in communications network infrastructure.

Before we get started, I want you to know this blog is loaded with acronyms, but they are all important. So, do not be discouraged if it looks like someone spilled their alphabet soup all over the screen.

The two most important acronyms I would like to begin with are:

  1. DOCSISData Over Cable Service Interface Specification.
  2. DPoEDOCSIS Provisioning of Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON)

DOCSIS deals with the way data transmits across a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network, and DPoE deals with the way data transmits over an EPON system.

Both are sets of standards developed by Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs®), a non-profit consortium operating since 1988. It is the research and development arm for its member companies (i.e., Cablevision, Comcast, Charter, Rogers, Cox and Time Warner Cable to name a few). 

How to Avoid Getting Lost in the BIM Revolution

Peter Marsh
Posted by Peter Marsh on November 5, 2015

BIMRevolutionFor many building industry professionals in the UK, building information modeling (BIM) will soon become a necessity. The UK Government is making Level 2 BIM mandatory by 2016 for all public sector building commissions. Level 2 BIM requires all design and building work to use software tools and common data formats. Each party can work using proprietary software tools but must share design electronically via a common file format – COBie. Failure to meet Level 2 BIM could effectively exclude a firm from future public sector work in the UK, including work in National Health Service, local government, schools and further education buildings.

Even for firms focused on private sector clients, there are increasing pressures to adopt BIM due to the competitive advantages it provides. Besides government mandates, the compelling commercial case for BIM includes: 

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