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Expect More: Addressing MSO Challenges (Part 2)

Posted by Mark Alrutz on September 27, 2016

In part one of this series, I discussed the tradeoffs between hybrid fiber coax (HFC)/DOCSIS and FTTH, and the fact that MSOs are increasingly deploying FTTH to portions of their service areas.  In this blog, I will discuss deployment challenges in FTTH networks.

FTTH networks broadly can be divided into two types with some distinct considerations for each: 

  • Networks that support single-family units/homes (SFUs)
  • Networks that support multiple dwelling units (MDUs)

Fiber-to-the-MDU is of significant interest. US Census data says 17.3 percent of the US population lives in buildings with five or more units, and depending on the service provider’s footprint, that number could be much higher. It also presents some unique challenges.

The Commitment to Network Evolution

Posted by Richard "Ric" Johnsen on September 26, 2016

Network operators—large public networks or small private networks—must keep up with the growing demand for bandwidth from their users. One solution they turn to is a Passive Optical Network (PON).

PON infrastructure is an all-optical point-to-multipoint technology that provides an optical path for a central office, headend or data center to a user terminal through the use of optical fiber and splitters. The passive elements form the base architecture for: 

  • Gigabit PON (GPON)
  • Next Generation PON
  • 10G Ethernet PON (EPON)
  • Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) networks / RF PON

Back-to-school: Crayons, Chaos and Connectivity

Posted by Jessica Olstad on September 23, 2016

Jess_daughterMy mom has been right about so many things. 

  • I do regret that tattoo.
  • That boyfriend in high school was indeed no good for me.
  • My daughter shouldn’t have eaten that whole jar of prunes in one sitting.

Never was that more on display than when I took that same daughter, our firstborn, to the bus stop for kindergarten. She wasn’t scared. She wasn’t shy. And no, she didn’t miss me.  I cried more. Mom was right again. She was a kindergarten teacher for many years, so I’m not quite sure why I questioned her. She knows how little people are when they arrive at school. Apprehensive, sure. But scared? Nah. They’re so happy to be there.

Migrating to Higher Line Rates? Start with the Standards

Posted by Ricardo Diaz on September 22, 2016

Cabling_IQLet’s talk about big marriage. As Tim Urban, one of the folks behind the popular “Wait But Why” blog, reminds us:

When you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your children, your eating companion for about 20,000 meals, your travel companion for about 100 vacations, your primary leisure time and retirement friend, your career therapist, and someone whose day you’ll hear about 18,000 times.”

I mention this because, next to selecting your spouse, choosing the migration path for your data center is a piece of cake. Feeling better already, right? Let’s break it down.

Complex Networks Require Smart Tools for the Physical Layer

Posted by Jason Bautista on September 21, 2016

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

As the networking industry moves to more complex, highly available architectures, equipment manufacturers have created new software tools for network designs. The new software takes the complexity out of the network, enabling users to create a simpler way to digest the details about network operations. This trend has taken root in the servers and storage, switching and application layers of the network. The only area where this trend has not been fully embraced is within the physical connectivity of the network; however, that change is coming.

Pros and Cons of Different Data Center Architectures

Posted by Hans-Jürgen Niethammer on September 20, 2016

A data center’s layout is just as important as the type of fiber cable or intelligent software inside it. The whole infrastructure and server connectivity hinges on the design. Three factors should be considered when putting everything together:

  • The size of the data center
  • Anticipated growth
  • Whether it’s new installation or an upgrade to a legacy system

There are three main designs to choose from, yet there’s no one-size-fits-all. Each design has its pros and cons.

Making Sense of Data Center Standards

Posted by Dave Tanis on September 16, 2016


It’s been challenging to keep up with the latest standards development for data center applications.

Several colleagues of mine participate in the industry standards for Ethernet and cabling, and they tell me that the standards meeting agendas are so busy that they nearly have to run from one meeting to the next to keep up with all of the activities.

There was a time when Ethernet standards were very predictable; you could nearly set your calendar to every five years or so, when a new application speed would come out that was 10 times faster than the previous one. Today, there are no less than six new application speeds in development, which is amazing considering only six application speeds have been developed to date in the 30+ years that the IEEE 802.3 standards have been published.

Twitter Chat: Optimizing LTE Networks for Higher Capacity

Posted by Bill Walter on September 15, 2016

Twitter-Chat-02-inviteAs the wireless industry looks toward 5G, it can be easy to forget that 4G/LTE will be the workhorse of wireless networks for many years to come. Before we reach 5G, mobile operators will continue to be challenged by increases in mobile data traffic. Operators face constant pressure to improve network capacity, enhance network speeds and lower deployment and operating costs.

The Evolution of Connected and Efficient Data Centers

Posted by Feras Hani on September 13, 2016

Data Center Trends Hani

Designing data centers can be challenging when there is uncertainty in the forecast. This often leads to the power, cooling and connectivity equipment being either under- or over-engineered. At CommScope, we embrace the many years of experience we have in addressing customers’ pain points and assessing rapidly changing technologies and shifts in the business to look ahead toward future trends. The five key trends in the data center that we see having a direct and sustained impact on infrastructure design and operations today and in the future are:

  • Bandwidth explosion
  • Shift to the cloud
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Edge computing
  • New disruptive technologies


New eBook Takes the Mystery Out of Designing and Building Data Centers

Posted by John Schmidt on September 12, 2016

We are pleased to introduce our go-to resource for planning and designing data centers around the world. The Connected and Efficient Data Center eBook – available for download now – includes tips and insights to demystify technology and untangle the complexities in building data centers. 

But we’d like to let John Schmidt, vice president, Global Data Center Solutions, tell you all about it. 

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