CommScope Blog

Ready, Set, AIM! – The Automated Infrastructure Management Standard is Now Published

Posted by Matias Peluffo on October 26, 2016

Here is another hot-of-the presses standards update: after more than two years of development, the international standard for Automated Infrastructure Management (ISO/IEC 18598 Information technology -- Automated infrastructure management (AIM) systems -- Requirements, data exchange and applications) is now officially published.

The growing importance of AIM has already led the industry’s standards-defining organizations to recommend the technology in a variety of standards, but the ISO/IEC 18598 standard is the first one strictly dedicated to AIM to specifically address its varied and powerful capabilities, from connectivity management to integration with external systems and processes. 

Will 5G Turn Mobile Networks Inside Out?

Posted by Luigi Tarlazzi on October 25, 2016

Cell-virtualization-compressedImagine if we heated our homes by erecting a series of giant blowers on outdoor towers and pointed them at our houses. It sounds preposterous, but in fact that is how mobile services are delivered today. An estimated 80% of wireless usage is indoors, but the vast majority of RAN infrastructure is outdoors. Of course the heating analogy is imperfect, but you get the idea: we’re not delivering service where people consume it.

A High Fiber Diet

Posted by Werner De Wolf on October 24, 2016

We talk a lot about network convergence at CommScope. We believe most networks will be put on a “high fiber diet” as we move into the future of broadband.  And global surveys support that idea.

In fact, we recently co-sponsored the “Broadband Outlook 2016” survey by Intelligence. That survey concluded fiber will play a crucial role in the development of 5G, as well as network speed in all FTTH deployments. The only way to provide backhaul to a high density small cell network is a converged fiber network. As such, 5G will drive network convergence and deep fiber deployment.

You can read more about the survey here. In the meantime, here is my perspective on the results:

Steering Our Way into the Future

Posted by Jessica Olstad on October 21, 2016

Cars are in the news a lot lately. More like technology in cars. Jessica Olstad waxes nostalgic in today’s vlog, and describes how CommScope contributes to ever-changing technology.


Knees, Shoulders and Fiber Connectors

Posted by Ricardo Diaz on October 20, 2016

Why is it that once you hit 50, everything starts to go kaput! Well, maybe not everything. It starts with the joints – first the knees, then the shoulders, then the hips. Who knew they could creak like that? You really don’t start to appreciate your joints until they don’t work like they should. That leads us to today’s topic: fiber connectors.

Like the connective joints in your body, your fiber connectors keep your data center connected and humming right along. Want to push your body to extremes – run a marathon, climb Kilimanjaro? Your joints better be up to the task. Want to support higher data rates – 40/100/400Gbe? Your connectors are every bit as important as the data pipes. But how well do you really know them?

Board Member’s Perspective: What’s Ahead for SCTE/ISBE

Posted by Jim Hughes on October 19, 2016
Jim Hughes_interview

I just came home from my 26th SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo – the annual telecommunications engineering show. Cable professionals come to hone their skills, see new innovations and sharpen their professional development (and have a little fun, too). Every year it gets bigger; this year was no exception. I’m always thrilled to see the number of attendees grow and the number of booths fill a convention space.

There is a lot of enthusiasm and excitement in the industry right now because CommScope is fiber-ready – whether it’s fiber deep, fiber-to-the-home and or even hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC). We’re optimistic as we look ahead to 2017. We see it as a year of growth for both CommScope and the industry. 

No Phone, No Coverage, No Problem

Posted by Simon Cowley on October 18, 2016


Every so often, I travel for non-business purposes. Twice this year I took along my laptop and phone so I could be in constant contact with work and family during the quiet times. On both trips, I found things I’d never seen before.

In a tiny hotel room (and I mean tiny) that I shared with my wife in Copenhagen, Denmark there was this tiny little sign.

I read the tiny sign, with the cute tiny flying elephant, and then it dawned on me. There was no phone in the room. Imagine that. Pay phones have disappeared from street corners and airports, but this was a first for me--no landline in a hotel room. This hotel was assuming everyone has a mobile phone, and the ubiquitous room phone was just cluttering their rooms and gathering dust. 

The Advantages and Applications of HDBaseT

Posted by Mike Williamson on October 17, 2016

Hotel-room-TVThis post is part of a blog series about intelligent buildings, based on content from the CommScope Connected and Efficient Buildings e-book.

HDBaseT, a global standard for the transmission of ultra-high-definition audio/video and other technologies, has only been around since 2010. In that short time, HDBaseT has shown that there are many advantages and applications for the technology.  Let’s take a quick look at some basic technical advantages.

The first is HDBaseT’s capability of transporting uncompressed 4K signals over 100m of twisted pair cable, preferably Category 6A (Cat6A) to satisfy transport requirements over a large range of possible installation scenarios.  This is compared to HDMI’s capability of only supporting up to 12m of cable.  So, what is the advantage of this feature?  This one is rather simple to answer.  It opens up HDBaseT to many different applications, which I’ll cover later in the blog.

Are We There Yet?

Posted by Ehab Kanary on October 16, 2016

Ah, road trips with the kids: a true test of your patience and their bladder capacity. If you’ve ever taken a long road trip – say, a drive from Dubai to Riyadh – you know exactly what I mean.

It’s like that nightmare we’ve all had at some point; the one where you’re running and never seem to get anywhere. But if you think it’s frustrating as a parent, remember how it was as a kid. You focus on a distant mountain peak then look up an hour later only to find that you’re no closer.

Believe it or not, we often do the same thing in our professional lives. Every year the Ethernet Alliance publishes the Ethernet roadmap as a kind of long-term look to the horizon. For what seems like an eternity, the Terabit Mountains (a phrase coined by Scott Kipp, Director of Engineering at Brocade) have been just over the horizon. But just how important is it to reach that goal?

CommScope Definitions: What Is an Internal Smart Bias Tee?

Posted by Robert Cameron on October 14, 2016

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

Advance warning: this blog post is for those of you who are interested in remote electrical tilt (RET) base station antennas, and it gets a little technical. But it is an important topic for antenna purchasers, especially if you are unaware of internal smart bias tees.

Remote electrical tilt (RET) is a unique base station antenna capability that CommScope invented more than 20 years ago. RET enables operators to make adjustments to their networks remotely by altering the direction of their antenna beams without having to climb up a cell tower and move the antennas physically. It all happens using electrical equipment, for which the Antenna Interface Standard Group (AISG) has established standards.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  ... Previous Next