In golf, baseball, hockey and many other sports, making “good contact” makes all the difference in performance. Regularly hitting the ball in the exact right spot, with a club at the exact right angle, is what separates the professionals from us amateurs (among other factors). But making good contact doesn’t only matter in sports. Good contact plays a significant role in communications networks, too.
Most everyone has experience with connectors in communications networks. If you have plugged an Ethernet cable or power cord into your computer, that involved some type of connector. CommScope supplies connectors of many types—for fiber, coaxial and other cable types—including connectors for Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications.
Traditional methods that architects
use for designing intelligent buildings
are becoming obsolete—especially when it comes to planning for building automation systems (BAS) and IT infrastructure requirements. Utility services such as lighting, heating, air conditioning and other facility controls now often use the same network infrastructure
as telecommunication networks (internet, telephony, etc.). This converged
IT/building management infrastructure can reduce equipment and labor costs and speed implementations. But it also requires a new way of thinking throughout the network infrastructure design and implementation life-cycles.
Innovation comes in many forms. A commonly held view associates innovation with developing new technology and generating intellectual property, and CommScope does both. We have nearly 10,000 patents and patent applications in numerous areas that protect our technological innovations.
However, innovation is so much more. Anything that makes our solutions easier to use, perform better or cost less is both beneficial to our customers and likely innovative. In this way, CommScope believes innovation comes from all areas of the company, wherever and whoever can solve fundamental customer problems.
CommScope is honored to have won awards and been recognized recently for our innovative spirit in developing technology and solving customer problems.
First, the Small Cell Forum just honored CommScope with its Small Cell Technology Innovation Award for Cell Virtualization with C-RAN Small Cells. OneCell
is CommScope’s distributed radio platform that fundamentally solves
interference problems through centralized coordination while
simultaneously giving operators the ability to re-use their spectrum
many times over within the footprint of a single physical cell.
In my first blog, I covered the
basics of the new ISO/IEC 18598 document for automated infrastructure management (AIM) systems, including the
intrinsic and extrinsic benefits. I mentioned that the document will probably be published by the third quarter of 2016 and,
as such, network infrastructure managers should seriously consider deploying an
AIM system, such as CommScope’s imVision or Quareo systems, in their data centers and offices.
Let’s discuss why AIM is so
important with ISO/IEC 18598.
Base station antennas on cellular towers are like closed boxes in that we rarely get a chance to look inside. They can’t be opened without getting damaged outside, and their size and weight make them difficult to display indoors. This could be the reason why so many misperceptions surround the technology, which have turned into myths over time. CommScope felt it was time to explore some of the most common myths related to these mysterious boxes, revealing a few of the industry’s best-kept secrets.
In the new white paper, Antenna myths for base station antennas, I dissect the top five misconceptions about base station antennas:
Occupier Survey 2015/2016 reports strong growth prospects for office space across
Asia Pacific as organizations plan for increased headcount. Companies are investing
in new office spaces and also looking to consolidating existing offices. The
relatively high cost of real estate across many of the large metro cities in
Asia Pacific is driving renewed focus on space optimization.
buildings in India are being deployed with increasingly large floor plates; it
is not uncommon to see floor plates upwards of 100,000 square feet, especially
in cities like Bangalore and New Delhi. Network architecture, focused on local
area network (LAN) cabling design, can play a vital role in lowering costs
while increasing network performance.
18598 document for automated infrastructure
management (AIM) systems has been in development for several years. This
document has now reached its Final Draft
International Standard (FDIS) stage which implies that it is technically a
stable document. With its imminent publication (probably by the
third quarter of 2016), network infrastructure managers should seriously
consider deploying an AIM system, such as CommScope’s imVision or Quareo systems, in their data centers and offices.
what does the pending ISO/IEC 18598 standard entail?
the past few decades, hybrid
fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks have evolved and adapted to meet
the ever increasing appetites of the multiple-system operators’
(MSO) subscribers. From the earliest coaxial
networks providing access to distant off-air
television channels, service providers expanded RF bandwidth to accommodate varied content.
They introduced two-way
systems to support high-speed data and
telephony, incorporated fiber optics to improve network reach and service
quality, and provided wireless Wi-Fi coverage (both in-home and at public
hotspots) to further enhance access. Today, convergence of services is a fact
of life, and the MSO community has been evolving to take advantage of it.
and efficient buildings and data
centers increasingly rely on a state-of-the-art physical layer
infrastructure to support growing bandwidth needs over copper, fiber and wireless
technologies. When it comes to optical fiber transmission, singlemode fiber
often gets the headlines with high-speed
transmission records over long distances; however, multimode fiber is the workhorse media of local area network (LAN)
backbones and storage area networks (SAN) in buildings and data centers.
reason is because multimode fiber offers the lowest cost means of transporting
high data rates for the distances aligned with the needs of these environments.
We can expect multimode fiber’s dominance
in buildings and data centers to continue because of recent developments in
multimode technology and international standardization that will extend the
value proposition offered by multimode fiber for today’s and tomorrow’s
We hear a lot of questions in the wireless industry about distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells & remote radio units (RRUs). In my part of the business—systems engineering for distributed coverage and capacity solutions—it all comes down to the technical details. There are certain characteristics of DAS, small cell and RRU products that make them better suited for different applications. I am excited to be sharing what those differences are at the upcoming DAS & Small Cells Congress, where I will be co-presenting the opening workshop on May 16 titled, “Design, Install and Testing DAS Systems.”