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Are You Looking For A Cost-Optimized Approach to FTTH Networks?

Posted by Joseph P. Depa III on February 12, 2016

We know cable and broadband providers need building and right-of-way permits to proceed with any deployment, which increase labor and equipment costs when building a fiber network.

Here’s something you might not know—permits account for roughly two-thirds of the total budget and the equipment makes up the remaining third. 

While Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON) and fiber equipment costs have fallen, skilled labor costs have risen. How can operators limit those high labor costs and still deploy a quality fiber network that can handle the bandwidth needs of today’s subscribers?

Strengthening the Business Case for MIMO over DAS

Posted by Mark Kerschner on February 10, 2016

I-MIMO-compressedOver the years, the wireless industry has developed all kinds of metrics and benchmarks for measuring and comparing the value of new and emerging technologies. At the end of the day, the business case for virtually any wireless project comes down to the most basic equation: performance versus cost. If the result isn’t a positive net gain (however you want to define that), chances are you’ll have a pretty tough time convincing management to back it.

For in-building wireless network owners—especially those operating a distributed antenna system (DAS) in small to mid-sized facilities—making a convincing argument for investing in multiple-in/multiple-out (MIMO) capabilities in a DAS has been difficult. The cost of the equipment required to do MIMO over DAS has been restrictive. A new technology from CommScope may soon flip that equation on its head. More on that in a minute.  Let’s talk a little about MIMO.

Is Your Long-term Data Center Planning Up in the Air?

Posted by Dave Tanis on February 8, 2016

DCoD(1)I recently attended a data center conference where the keynote speaker from a prominent software provider stated that they disbanded their long-term data center planning team. Their reasoning was that the accelerating rate of change in the industry was too overwhelming, and they had no way to accurately predict what their needs would look like several years from now. He concluded with the statement that the only certainty in making a longer term data center plan is that it would be wrong.

As he left the podium and the next speaker approached the stage, you could see by the expressions across the faces of everyone in the audience that if this well-known industry giant, who should have much better insight into data center trends, has abandoned long term planning, what hope do we have of trying to get it right?

CommScope Definitions: What Is CPRI?

Posted by Nate Fuentes on February 5, 2016

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

The Common Public Radio Interface, or CPRI, is an evolving specification for wireless communications networks defined by a consortium of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The specification relates to the communication link between radio equipment controller units, typically known as baseband units (BBUs), and the radio equipment itself, which we call remote radio units (RRUs).

Three Ways Fiber Optic Cabling Impacts Enterprise Infrastructure Networks

Posted by James Donovan on February 1, 2016

Specialist_image(2)Another new year is upon us. That means most of us made resolutions to better our lives. Let's be honest, some of us have probably strayed from them already. However, if one of your resolutions was to become a fiber optics specialist, then I can help.

The emerging and ever increasing market for fiber communications is one that puzzles a lot of people. Those in this industry need to understand market trends and development for fiber optics, which is now encroaching into many aspects of our lives. Fiber optic cabling is becoming a vital infrastructure in three major areas, and we might not even be aware of it: commercial real estate, intelligent building networks and data centers.  

What is the Impact of NBase-T on Wireless Networks?

Posted by Bob Matthews on January 29, 2016

2016_Winter_BICSI_Bob_MathewsWireless networking has evolved over time. The improved performance of Wi-Fi has resulted in the “bring your own device” (BYOD) explosion for business enterprises. Network managers must assess what this increased wireless demand will do to their wired infrastructure. Can they support higher data rates on aging infrastructure?

The vast majority of installed structured cabling is Category 5/5e and Category 6 with 10/100 and 1G Base-T switches. NBase-T includes new switching technology with intermediate switch speeds (2.5G and 5G) designed to operate on existing cabling infrastructure. The immediate impact to IT managers will be the deferral of potentially costly cabling upgrades as they move their wireless networks forward.

Having Problems Getting Power to Your Remote PoE Devices?

Posted by Joseph P. Depa III on January 28, 2016

One challenge when deploying Wi-Fi access points, small cells, and other remote devices is finding a local source of power. Network engineers plan where they want to place these devices; however, the absence of a local electric outlet forces placement in alternative locations. Sometimes this means hiring an electrician to run 110/220 volt power and even installing a power meter.

Deploying HD cameras, optical network terminals (ONT), and other network access devices can be difficult, especially in outdoor environments. Most of these devices accept a Power over Ethernet (PoE) input for power and data; however, the PoE distance limitation of 100 meters can cause difficulties with network planning.

Building the Infrastructure for the IoT

Posted by Vince Sumrall on January 26, 2016

2016_Winter_BICSI_Vince_IoT_PresoThere are no shortages of new technologies that arrived on the scene over the past few years – ranging from self-driving cars to 3-D printing to cryptocurrency (bitcoin).

Some of these promise to make the world a better place without providing any real business case or justification for its use. Others seem to receive a huge amount of hype and give the ongoing promise that they will go main stream in another three-to-five years.

Updated CommScope Website Includes Innovations Acquired from TE Connectivity

Posted by Keri Becker on January 25, 2016

As a digital marketing employee, I have participated in a number of website transitions—moving company info from one website to another. In these efforts, we always have been mindful of the fact that our customers take this journey with us. We want to make sure the trip is as pleasant as possible for them. That was the philosophy that guided the just-achieved update to the CommScope website, which included the addition of content from the Enterprise, Telecom and Wireless businesses of TE Connectivity.

Making the Transition to Fiber Deep Networks

Posted by Erik Gronvall on January 21, 2016

Fiber_SmallAs bandwidth consumption continues to rise sharply, and service providers face ever-increasing competition to win over subscribers, operators and data center managers are in a race to adopt the best methodologies for bringing fiber deeper into their networks.

Let’s take a look at the challenges and benefits for each group in 2016 as they evaluate how to drive fiber deeper.

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