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Unraveling the Mystery and Hype of 5G

Chris Pearson 4G Americas
Posted by Chris Pearson on October 30, 2014
5G-white-paperHas curiosity ever led you down a path that leads to nowhere? I’m sure many of you have been down that road, especially when it comes to the ever so mysterious topic of 5G—the next generation of cellular technology. So what’s all the publicity hype on 5G really about?  We’ve seen a lot of PR and marketing around the progress of 5G, but rarely do you find anything of substance after the onion is peeled back a few layers.  In fact, you often hear about the billions of dollars expended on research by countries wanting to get a head start on 5G development, but there’s not enough “meat” around the actual 5G technology solutions.

Home Connections: Coax is Now, Fiber for Future

James Donovan
Posted by James Donovan on October 29, 2014

Neighborhood_drop_cable_IA_courseInfrastructure evolution is top of mind for most operators as their networks need to meet the surge in data demand to keep up with video services and mobile devices accessing their networks. Current networks still have substantial bandwidth capacity potential; however, if operators plan to stay competitive and support future growth, they must devise a plan that evolves their current networks from a hybrid-fiber coaxial (HFC) platform to a converged optical platform delivering Ethernet/IP-based services to the user. However, this evolution will vary from operator to operator based on available capital, competition and the current state of their network.

Service providers have legacy coaxial cable infrastructures that support commercial services for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enhanced broadband services to residential subscribers. With limited CapEx and pressure to reduce OpEx, providers are searching for a logical upgrade path that is not possible solely with copper cables and that is not a relatively expensive fiber overlay. Operators must consider the deployment of a combination of coaxial cables, fiber cables, conduit and microducts as a single element. This reduces installation costs because multiple conduit and cable pulls are eliminated by single sheath construction.

What Else Can You Learn About Microwave Transmissions?

Jim Syme
Posted by Jim Syme on October 28, 2014
Microwave_Tower_AndrewIf you follow our blog, you may already know about the online training course for microwave radio technicians, field engineers and site installers. The Microwave Radio Antenna Link Fundamentals course covers the fundamentals of microwave transmission, the most commonly used method for backhauling to the core network from wireless cell sites.

Using a “go at your own pace” format, the Microwave Fundamentals course includes a wealth of knowledge about microwave transmission theory, application, microwave antenna selection and systems installation. Successful completion leads to a CommScope Infrastructure Academy certification that is valid for three years. This certification is a great way to validate fundamental knowledge in microwave communications and gain a competitive advantage.

Spreading the Word about Low Side Lobe Antennas

Posted by Donald Gardner on October 23, 2014

Class 4 microwave antennaYou may have seen a lot of information over the past several months about the advantages and benefits that high quality, regulatory compliant low side lobe antennas bring to microwave backhaul networks. But can you answer these questions?

What are the top three antenna-related limiters to backhaul capacity?

What are the four key backhaul antenna factors that drive total cost of ownership?

What are CommScope’s top five tips for optimizing microwave backhaul quality of service?

Click the links to access the answers after a brief registration.

Is PON Technology a Hot Topic? You Betcha!

Joseph Depa
Posted by Joseph P. Depa III on October 22, 2014

Tom_and_Joe_PON_InterviewIn time for last month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo®, my colleague Tom Anderson authored a blog “Time for 10G EPONs to Shine.” In it, Tom discussed how 10G EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) solutions enable public and private network operators to deliver bandwidth to users well above legacy EPON or GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) rates.

Tom’s blog also points out how 10G EPON enables public and private network operators to provide their power users, backhaul circuits, inter-network connections and other big bandwidth consumers with ultra-fast connections while enjoying the other benefits of PON. It’s true that while most consumers may not “need” 10G for standard Internet usage, commercial services and business users may require it.

What’s Happening with CommScope’s DAS Solutions?

Bill Walter
Posted by Bill Walter on October 21, 2014

Need a quick update about CommScope’s latest in-building wireless offerings? I interviewed Mike Shumate, vice president of CommScope’s DAS business, at the HetNet Expo in Chicago last week to get you just that. Mike summarized what’s going on now with CommScope’s two latest in-building wireless solutions: the ION-U and the ION-E.

The Role of Intelligent Lighting in Singapore’s Green Initiative

Posted by Brent Boekestein on October 16, 2014

 intelligentlightingLast month, CommScope participated in the Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia event held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. BEX Asia is a global business sourcing, networking and knowledge-sharing platform for the sustainable built environment in Southeast Asia that saw more than 350 companies from around the world showcasing their latest green products and technologies to more than 10,000 building professionals from the region. 

Use a Smartphone to Adjust Your Wireless Network

Holger Raeder
Posted by Holger Raeder on October 15, 2014
RET-MasterIt is almost ironic. While we see more and more data connections go wireless, the setup of a wireless network itself still requires a cable and a laptop. When wireless networks like UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) or LTE (Long-Term Evolution) get extended for more capacity and better performance, new base station antennas are installed. Inside of these antennas are motors allowing remote electrical tilt (RET) to optimize the beams of these antennas to reduce interference and to provide the best possible service quality and performance. The speed that we experience when we watch a movie on our smartphones can depend heavily on the beam tilt setting of the antenna.

Network Evolution: A Hot Topic in Denver

Joseph Depa
Posted by Joseph P. Depa III on October 14, 2014

2014_SCTE_image_1_cropped_newWhen you think Denver, Colorado, the first word you probably think of is not “hot.” That wasn’t the case during last month’s SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo.

Sure, the weather was great (warmer than I expected), but there was one thing that was hot. You might say it was a “hot topic,” and that topic was network evolution.

Network evolution was top of mind for a lot of operators because they must start to consider evolving their networks to meet the surge in data demand to keep up with OTT video services and mobile devices accessing their networks. It’s no secret that if operators plan on staying competitive and support future growth, they must devise a plan that evolves their current networks from a HFC platform to a converged optical platform delivering Ethernet/IP-based services to the user. Of course this evolution will vary from operator to operator because it will be based on available capital, competition and the current state of the network. 

The Metro Cell Challenge

Posted by Bob Slorach on October 10, 2014

Metro-Cell-compSome of the hardest places to add new cell sites are crowded, urban areas. Finding useable sites and getting the needed zoning approvals are not the least of the concerns. Cities typically have lots of competition for limited real estate, most of which is regulated and supervised by government agencies. For wireless operators, urban areas are typically where they need the most sites to provide enough network capacity to the high concentration of subscribers.

Operators globally continue to trial various means for boosting wireless capacity in these areas. The types of sites deployed in these locales are generally called metro cells. Other challenges for operators when deploying metro cells are:

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