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CommScope Definitions: What is an Intelligent Building?

Matias Peluffo
Posted by Matias Peluffo on July 31, 2015

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

The term “intelligent building” has been in use since the early 1980s and you would think that a globally accepted definition of the attributes of an intelligent building would have been established by now. Well, think again. Although several organizations have attempted to establish a universal definition, there are a multitude of definitions with different levels of detail and varying degrees of emphasis on various aspects of building intelligence

Modernizing Mobile Networks in Australia

Reece Baines
Posted by Reece Baines on July 30, 2015
LTE-pointer-compressedWouldn’t it be great to have full mobile coverage everywhere you go across Australia? Being connected all the time has the potential to make life so much easier and work a lot more productive. You can check your e-mail or business applications via the Internet. You can also stay abreast with online news that’s updated almost instantaneously, keep in touch with friends via social media and collaborate with co-workers via messaging services. Who wouldn’t want to stream almost every form of digital entertainment imaginable – and on demand - directly to their phone?

Selecting the Right Antenna for Your Wireless Network

Mike Wolfe
Posted by Mike Wolfe on July 29, 2015

UltraBand-BSA-compressedOne of the most important infrastructure choices that an RF engineer makes when designing cell sites for a wireless network is what type of antenna to use. The engineer needs to strike a balance between network performance considerations, implementation costs and future proofing for the inevitable changes in spectrum and radio connectivity technologies such as the migration to higher order MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output).

Considering that the key role of the base station antenna is to provide the coverage layer of the network, and thus creating the environment for a great mobile user experience, selecting the right antenna is critical. What criteria should be utilized to narrow down the choices?

Japan – Capacity Challenges in a Mature LTE Network

Akira Kawada
Posted by Akira Kawada on July 28, 2015
Japan-crowded-streetBack in 2005, the official development of LTE started with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo proposing a next-generation wireless standard. Ten years later, LTE networks are already mature in Japan, with nationwide LTE coverage completed in 2014. In this advanced market, we’ve seen advanced technologies like LTE-Advanced, carrier aggregation and VoLTE going live in the last year. Yet even in mature networks, operators still face challenges.

CommScope Definitions: What are Cell Clusters?

Posted by Philip Sorrells on July 24, 2015

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

Every radio transmitter in a wireless network has only a certain coverage area. Beyond this, the signal level falls to a limit below which it cannot be used, and where it will not cause significant interference to mobile devices connected to a different radio transmitter. This means that it is possible to re-use a channel once outside the range of the radio transmitter. The same is also true in the reverse direction for the receiver, where it will only be able to receive signals over a given range.

Getting to the Detail of Data Center Infrastructure Design

James Donovan
Posted by James Donovan on July 23, 2015

Data_Center_imageData centers are the heart of all network operations. They pump the lifeblood (i.e. data) to and from users, storage devices and the Internet. The issues and trends surrounding data center infrastructure technology have been widely written about and explored in other CommScope and industry blog posts. They covered such topics as the importance of effective management, the focus on efficiency, and density and migration strategies.

However, when considering a new data center, the same basic questions must be answered:

  • Where should the data center be located?
  • How big should it be?
  • How much power consumption will it use?
  • What is the uptime target (what tier, how many 9’s do you wish)?
  • What technologies should we use?
  • How should the data center be laid out?
  • What is the data center’s life span?

Can We Live Without Shortcuts?

Ricardo Diaz
Posted by Ricardo Diaz on July 21, 2015

Resources_Page_smallDo you know the definition of “shortcut?” A shortcut is:

  • An alternative route that is shorter than the one usually taken.
  • An accelerated way of doing or achieving something.
  • A computer-stored record of a file, website or other data enabling quick access.

Let’s face it, we are lazy. Few people enjoy incessant work, especially when it is repetitive. I could have titled this blog post “Three Reasons Why You Like Shortcuts,” and probably you would have guessed them in a snap:

  • They save time.
  • They save energy and thinking.
  • They are the path of least resistance or cost.

The Challenges of Modern Sports Venues

Jennifer Roback
Posted by Jennifer Roback on July 14, 2015

Stadium-compressedToday’s modern sports venues have many operational challenges. They often host multiple activities including sporting events, concerts and even the circus and rodeo.  Most venues are designed to quickly change in layout and function for these different events. The faster and more efficient these changes can be made, the lower the operational costs and maybe even the more events it can host.

Fans have high expectations for using their mobile devices when visiting arenas. Almost everyone has a smartphone and expects to be able to upload pictures or even shop if the event gets boring. We all expect our mobile devices to work as data devices and be able to access all that the world offers all the time, and being at an event is no exception.

Installing an LTE Cell Site

Michael Fabbri
Posted by Mike Fabbri on July 13, 2015
heliax-fiber-feed-direct-compressedLTE network performance depends not only on having the right infrastructure in the right places, but also having it installed and tested correctly. The most common source of the performance-degrading interference called passive intermodulation (PIM) is poor installation. That’s what our Site Solutions and Services team has discovered over the years while performing audits of existing LTE sites.

For LTE to work optimally, the noise floor must be kept low and PIM is a prime contributor to the noise floor. Providing a quality PIM installation is essential for an LTE network to perform at its best and for operators to maximize use of their valuable spectrum.

Can You Manage Infrastructure as Easily as Using an App?

Posted by Sergio Uribe on July 9, 2015

NetworkAppToday, the use of smartphone apps enables us to make better use of our time. For example, waking up in the morning, it is useful to review a weather app so you can choose the right clothes to wear and determine if you will need to bring an umbrella. Many people use a traffic app to avoid clogged avenues to reach their destination on time. So, what makes these apps so effective?

Apps combine a series of data that is relevant to us with updated information in real time. For example, the traffic and weather apps on my smartphone are useful to me because they provided real time temperature and traffic information specific to where I live and drive.

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