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CommScope Solves Network Challenges in the Oil and Gas Market

Posted by Jerson Calderon on July 28, 2016

Oil_Gas(1)This is the second installment in a series of blog posts on the oil and gas industry. It will explore topics such as data delivery, trends in the industry and the evolution of oil and gas networks.

If you are in the network infrastructure industry, then you know how important physical layer is for the endless demand for capacity and bandwidth. Nowhere is this more evident that in the oil and gas market. It is helping drive the momentum for the industry’s next technological advancement in network evolution.

 


How Multiplexing Techniques Enable Higher Speeds on Fiber Optic Cabling

Posted by James Donovan on July 25, 2016

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Different multiplexing technologies are enabling the evolution of network speeds on fiber optic cabling. Such technologies include time division, space division and wavelength division multiplexing. Let’s take a closer look at each.


5G: A Look Back, A Look Ahead

Posted by Kevin Linehan on July 22, 2016

5G-compressedProgress has been swift since the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance published its influential 5G whitepaper at Mobile World Congress 2015. Just recently, significant steps forward were announced in the US. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to open spectrum in the millimeter wave bands for 5G development, and the White House announced a new Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, of which CommScope is participating. As we reach these milestones, I’d like to reflect back on the progress made so far and what is yet to come.


Buildings Have Been Getting Smarter for Eons

Posted by Ispran Kandasamy, Ph.D. on July 20, 2016

Buildings-ebook-coverThis is the first post in a new blog series about intelligent buildings, based on content from the CommScope Connected and Efficient Buildings e-book.

Buildings have not suddenly become intelligent. Over the centuries, humans have regularly upgraded their homes to offer new advantages. When we humans settled into an agrarian way of life, our dwellings became permanent and purposeful. With permanence came the need to add utility to our buildings by improving basic needs like security and better lighting. What we now take for granted, such as easily moveable and lockable doors and glass windows, were quite innovative in their time.

Buildings have evolved along a continuum driven by need, but progress is rapidly accelerating because of advances in technology. Today, the cutting-edge of building intelligence involves how we enable people and machines to connect and communicate and how we more efficiently manage the increasingly precious resources of energy and space.


It’s a Win-win for Today’s Stadium Experience

Posted by Danah Ditzig on July 19, 2016

Wireless_stadium_smallerAs a kid, my dad and I would visit the Metrodome to watch the Minnesota Vikings play. The stadium didn’t offer much in the way of a fan experience aside from being blown out of the door at the exit. My dad would watch the games with ear buds, listening to the color commentary on his transistor radio. That was about 30 years ago -- the first image I have of a multi-media experience.

Today, expectations are on a whole new level at a stadium or sporting event. The best stadiums deliver a customized fan experience and differentiate themselves, their teams and their other clientele based on it. At the Daytona Speedway, you can listen to the driver/crew communications at an auto race. You can vote for your favorite All-Stars through a team app at Citi Field. You can access the odds, the online store, player profiles and replays not shown on the big screen at Bank of America Stadium. You want to order drinks delivered to your seat or know how long the wait is in the line for your favorite stadium snack? That’s got to be available at one of these or other venues, too. 


Pros and Cons of the Pokémon Go Craze

Posted by Jessica Olstad on July 18, 2016

PokemonI was in high school in 1991. I never got in to Pokémon when it was first introduced that year, and I fail to see the appeal now. I can be swayed; after all, 21 million other people find Pokémon Go fascinating. So much so, it’s the most active mobile game in U.S. history, and it is gaining ground elsewhere.

Pokémon Go allows players to capture, battle and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. The app uses GPS and the phone’s camera to play. It’s free with several in-app purchases. Over the past week, I’ve seen my adult friends – and their kids – get equally psyched about finding Pokémon. I’ll hand it to the creators – it has broad age appeal


CommScope Definitions: What is HFC?

Posted by Fredric “Fritz” Amt on July 15, 2016
HFCHybrid fiber coax (HFC) is the term that describes the service delivery architecture used by cable operators and multi-system operators (MSO). The architecture includes a combination of fiber optic cabling and coaxial cabling to distribute video, data and voice content to/from the headend and the subscribers. Typically, the signals are transported from the headend through a hub, to within the last mile via fiber optic cable. As an example, for a service area ranging from 64 homes passed to 1,000* homes, the fiber optic cable ends in an HFC node. At this point, the optical signal is converted into a radio frequency (RF) signal and transmitted over coaxial cable to subscribers’ homes/businesses.

What Does ‘Broadband China’ Mean to the Telecom Industry?

Posted by John Yang on July 14, 2016
Broadband_ChinaSeventy six percent of Hong Kong Millennials spend up to two hours per day on video platforms such as Netflix and YouTube.  In a typical day, 50 percent of these Millennials and one third of Baby Boomers spend over one to four hours on dating and messaging apps, according to a recent survey conducted by CommScope which can be downloaded here.  These trends are similar in Greater China, home to the world’s largest population and nearly 670 million Internet users.

To Clean or Not to Clean

Posted by Marcus Ash on July 13, 2016
Fiber-connector-dust“To clean or not to clean, that is the question.” I might not have quoted Hamlet exactly right. Nonetheless, that question is exactly what cell site technicians have to answer during every fiber cable and connector installation. Keeping the connector clean is of utmost importance to network performance.

Physical Layer Relevance in the Oil and Gas Market

Posted by Jerson Calderon on July 12, 2016

Oil_GasThis is the first installment in a series of blog posts on the oil and gas industry. It will explore topics such as data delivery, trends in the industry and the evolution of oil and gas networks.

Recent articles about the energy outlook from international oil companies (BP and ExxonMobil as examples) indicate that energy demand will continue to grow because as the world’s economy expands, more energy will be needed to fuel higher levels of activity and living standards. Energy outlook publications show another important factor to consider: how this growth in demand will be curbed by faster gains in energy efficiency.

The oil and gas vertical market leads the world in technological innovation and productivity in different areas, including its endless demand for capacity and bandwidth. Building out and maintaining network capacity requires a solid foundation in the communications layer, including the physical layer, but requires spending capital with increased operating expenses in the future. 


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