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Leading Lights with LEDs

James Donovan
Posted by James Donovan on September 30, 2014

IA_Sept_14_BlogThere is a sea change happening in the global lighting fixture market. The market is rapidly moving to light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs are based on semi-conductor technology just like computer processors. They are constantly increasing in brightness, energy efficiency and longevity. Previous generation of LEDs were used for “ambient lighting,” to create moods and enhance areas with different colors; however, they were not used for their light output—until now.

Higher power LEDs now deliver powerful light outputs in addition to having a longer lifespan. For example, a 20-watt LED light tube can replace a 40-watt fluorescent light with the same light intensity brightness or better. Many products will last up to 50,000 hours (almost 6 years); that’s about 50 times longer than a 60-watt incandescent bulb or five times longer than a 40-watt fluorescent tube. 

“Last Mile” Challenges? No Problem!

David Hall
Posted by David Hall on September 29, 2014

Last_Mile_SigneMany service providers have legacy copper cableinfrastructures. Today, they are striving to provide commercial services for small and medium-sized businesses as well as enhanced broadband services to residential subscribers. With limited CapEx and pressure to reduce OpEx, providers are searching for a logical upgrade path that is not possible with just copper cables and is not expensive with a fiber overlay.

Coax and twisted pair copper cables, while adequate for today’s needs, will eventually be challenged to deliver all the bandwidth needed for future services. Let’s face it; more bandwidth-hungry devices are tapping into the networks, with no end in sight. However, fiber is expensive to deploy unless it’s needed immediately. A solution is needed that installs easily, provides an upgrade path and minimizes upfront and Day 2 costs. Industry experience designing and constructing FTTx architectures have shown a consistent inability to estimate the consumers’ insatiable desire for bandwidth and a subsequent underestimation of fiber required in the last mile.

The Summer Sun Blazes New Trails for Wireless Technology

Chris Pearson 4G Americas
Posted by Chris Pearson on September 25, 2014

Barbecues, camping trips, baseball games and World Cup fever—summer in the Northern Hemisphere may be coming to an end but not all is “said and done” in the world of wireless.

The wireless industry is quickly expanding LTE coverage in countries and cities across the world with 320 networks in 111 countries. The next 3GPP technology evolution to LTE-Advanced is breaking ground, with 20 LTE-Advanced commercial deployments in 15 countries and as many as 40 or more expected by year end 2014.  It’s evident that the wireless industry takes no summer breaks—a potential giant leap towards the “5G” future is currently being researched and developed for deployment plans in 2020 or later.


Getting Back to the Basics of Fiber Optics

Posted by Rodney Casteel on September 24, 2014

BasicsofFiberIf you install fiber optic infrastructure, how can you be certain that it will support future applications? As a fiber optic network operator or owner, what assurances do you have that your fiber optic infrastructure is designed and installed based on industry established best practices? As a fiber optic technician, how do you know that what you have been doing these past few years is correct? These questions, and many like them, are what lead to the development of several standards and best practices found within the network cabling industry.

The industry has an insatiable appetite for more bandwidth, faster speeds, lower latency, longer distances and better sustainability. With this appetite comes the need for more critical control over how these fiber optic infrastructures are designed and deployed. The mindset of “I have always done it this way” does not really work in this new era of higher-speed technologies. It is a new game with new rules. 

The Next Generation of Multimode Fiber

Paul Kolesar
Posted by Paul Kolesar on September 23, 2014

We NextGenFiberhave been working with our partners on exciting new technological advancements in support of optimizing high-speed transmission over multimode fiber (MMF). These advancements include a next generation MMF that we refer to as wide band multimode fiber (WBMMF). To understand the benefits of WBMMF, let’s start by reviewing today’s commonly used transmission technique for very high data rates over MMF. 

As data rates have advanced above 28Gbps, a technique called multiplexing has been successfully standardized and deployed to deliver higher rates for applications such as 40GE and 100GE, with 400GE and 128GFC currently in standardization. All of these applications employ a type of multiplexing on MMF that involves dividing the data into lower speed constituents and conveying each over its own individual fiber within a multi-fiber cabling infrastructure, commonly referred to as parallel transmission.


The Case for Coax Capability

Ric Johnsen
Posted by Richard "Ric" Johnsen on September 22, 2014

Ric_SCTE_Preso_PreviewThe evolution to a converged optical network is well underway. Service providers are transitioning to all-digital video services and even IP-based video, achieving significant capacity gains. Today, most multiple system operators (MSOs) and broadband operators, who evolved through the video service delivery business, predominantly use hybrid fiber coax (HFC) infrastructure. Operators also have Ethernet business and wireless backhaul services provided through a Metro Ethernet point-to-point (P2P) or a passive optical network (PON) solution using separate fibers from the HFC network.

Current networks still have substantial bandwidth capacity potential; however, it can be enhanced through key network changes. If operators plan to stay competitive and support future growth, they must devise a plan that evolves the network from a HFC platform to a converged optical platform delivering Ethernet/IP-based services to the user.

Top Five Reasons to Build Intelligence into Your Data Center

Dave Tanis
Posted by Dave Tanis on September 19, 2014

Top5DataCenterIn today’s data centers, many key technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing have greatly improved efficiency and asset utilization; however, they come with a much higher level of network complexity.

It is time to implement intelligent connectivity systems − based on the AIM standards − in the data center to help manage this complexity and ensure that the physical layer is fully-documented and can automatically report all changes.

Time for 10G EPONs to Shine

Tom Anderson
Posted by Tom Anderson on September 18, 2014

Spotlight_imageCommScope takes another step (maybe it is closer to a leap) forward with the availability of its 10G Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) solution set enabling network operators, whether they are operating public or private networks, to deliver bandwidth to users well above legacy EPON or GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) rates.

You might be asking yourself, “So what? Why would anyone need a 10G PON solution?” It is true that people hardly ever need anything that comes close to 1G, much less 10G. So, why do they need 10G?

First, while most consumers may not “need” 10G for standard Internet usage, commercial services and business users may require it. There are users that legitimately need services faster than 1G. A 10G EPON solution enables service to those with the benefits of PON technology. 

Let’s Talk Green Energy: Q&A with SCTE’s Derek DiGiacomo

Mark Alrutz_Blog
Posted by Mark Alrutz on September 17, 2014

SCTE_Energy_20_20If you think energy reduction, conservation or “green” energy is a fad, think again. Reducing everyone’s carbon footprint is at the forefront of every industry conversation, even in the cable industry.

Back in June, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced a multi-year campaign to provide cable operators with new standards, technology innovation and training aimed at reducing power consumption 20 percent on a unit basis. In addition to reducing power consumption, the Energy 2020 campaign aims to:

  • Reduce energy cost by 25 percent on a unit basis
  • Reduce grid dependency by 10 percent
  • Optimize the footprints of technical facilities and datacenters by 20 percent
  • Establish vendor partnerships that will impact hardware development

CommScope understands how important it is for cable operators to deploy the right solutions to reduce their energy consumption from both a CapEx and OpEx standpoint. We are a supporter of the SCTE’s Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI) program and additional educational programs.

Getting on board with wireless

Posted by Samuel Buttarelli on September 16, 2014

In-Train_DASIn July, it was revealed that the UK government would invest millions of pounds on mobile broadband on trains for passengers, with a new service that could be made available within the next three to four years and improving connectivity by 10 times. The upgrade will stop passenger’s connectivity being “constantly disrupted by poor signal,” as has been reported. The investment will mean trains will be upgraded to better pick up mobile signals that are then distributed via Wi-Fi within the trains. 

In some countries, such as Sweden, in-train connectivity has already been upgraded enabling commuting experiences with seamless coverage.  One country that has taken the lead in developing wireless access on its rail networks is Switzerland. InTrainCom, the consortium made by the Swiss mobile operators, has been focused on driving significant investment in broadband train connectivity in partnership with the national rail provider. Switzerland was one of the first countries to deploy wireless services on board trains, which has, in turn, driven the appetite and usage figures of wireless connections.

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