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Good Contact with PoE Connectors

Posted by Mike Williamson on May 26, 2016

RJ-45-connIn 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.

Why You Should Put Building Automation Systems and IT on One Converged Network Infrastructure

Posted by Kevin Kaufman on May 25, 2016
Intelligent-bldg-compressedTraditional methods that architects and engineers 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: From Start to Finish

Posted by Morgan Kurk on May 23, 2016

Small-cell-awardInnovation 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.

New AIM Standard Can Help Address IoT, Energy Consumption and More

Posted by T. C. Tan on May 19, 2016

AIM_Feature(1)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.

Five Myths about Wireless Network Antennas

Posted by Mohamed Nadder Hamdy on May 18, 2016

Antenna-ports-compressedBase 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:

Cabling Your Office Space for Efficiency and High Performance

Posted by Alamuri Sitaramaiah on May 15, 2016

UCGThe CBRE APAC 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.

Office 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.

ISO/IEC 18598 Standard Brings AIM Benefits to Network Infrastructure Managers

Posted by T. C. Tan on May 13, 2016

AIM_FeatureThe ISO/IEC 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.

So what does the pending ISO/IEC 18598 standard entail?

Network Evolution Is a Constant Process

Posted by Mark Alrutz on May 12, 2016

2016_INTXOver 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.

The Widening Horizon for Multimode Fiber in Buildings and Data Centers

Posted by Matias Peluffo on May 11, 2016

New_WBMMF_yellowConnected 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.

The 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 networks.

What Coverage and Capacity Solutions Do You Need Indoors?

Posted by Karri Reddy on May 10, 2016

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.”


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