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Understanding CommScope’s Powered Fiber Cable System

Posted by Domingo Hernández on August 23, 2017

Powered_Fiber_DiagramThe need for connectivity and mobility have led to the development of innovative solutions. With the Internet of Things (IoT) penetrating every corner of daily life, operators still have many challenges ahead. Cellular, security and Wi-Fi networks are some examples of technology that need to be improved to expand their coverage and create efficient connections with Power Over Ethernet (PoE) devices. For this reason, simplifying the installation of these devices and optimizing their performance is one of the main challenges for network operators.

How many times have the deployment of high-definition cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots or small cells for cellular networks been a major problem for companies? With this in mind, CommScope designed the Powered Fiber Cable System, a solution that increases the range of coverage at lower costs and solve problems of access to power under difficult access conditions.

Tech-Savvy Seniors Need Bandwidth

Posted by Leni Thomas on August 22, 2017

Cell_Female_Senior_CitizenThe AARP says that just under half of U.S. seniors own a smartphone. Of course, the smartphones and tablets they own need to connect to a local Wi-Fi system to keep their cellular bills to a minimum.  One retirement facility understood that, and quickly worked on ways to strengthen their broadband services for its residents.

Erickson Living owns 19 communities across 11 states.  More of its residents were becoming more tech-savvy (63 percent of adults 50+ download apps on their phones, for example), so Erickson needed to build an infrastructure to support the growing demand. And it wasn’t just for the seniors, but for their visiting families and staff. Additionally, guaranteeing a better experience meant having a competitive edge.

2 Updates to Our FTTA PowerCalc Tool

Posted by Mike Schaefer on August 21, 2017

powercalcAt CommScope, we are always trying to make things easier for the customer. For example, we launched FTTA PowerCalc back in March to help customers choose the right sized power cable for their fiber-to-the-antenna deployments. Thanks to customer feedback, we have made some updates to the tool. If you are not familiar with the FTTA PowerCalc, let me introduce you.

FTTA PowerCalc is a web-based calculator that provides a fast and easy way for choosing power cables based on radio power requirements, power trunk and power jumper conductor size, and trunk cable length. Users can enter information into the tool in order to select the appropriate cable for their needs.

CommScope Definitions: What is Ultra-Low Loss?

Posted by James Young on August 18, 2017

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

Ultra-Low Loss describes the performance of fiber optic apparatus used in data center (DC) networks.  Data centers are always striving to increase the capacity to deliver services to their users.  Like a finely tuned racing car, higher performance is a never-ending engineering challenge.  As performance ramps up, each and every component is highly stressed and the overall performance of the car and the team depends on the performance of the smallest parts. 

4 Reasons Why You Must Learn about Passive Infrastructure

Posted by James Donovan on August 16, 2017

IA_ebook_coverBefore I start, let me explain what passive infrastructure is and why it is important to you.

The term “passive infrastructure” denotes the widest possible coverage of transmission media used in networks today – copper (twisted pair and coax), fiber optic, RF wireless and microwave. As the name suggests, the focus is on the parts of the network often hidden in the wall, underground or above the streets, rather than the “active” components of a network that often get most attention. Active components are those devices that must be supplied with external power (i.e., AC, DC, PoE) to function. They also boost the power of the signals. 

2 Ways Fiber Has Improved Information Security

Posted by Erik Gronvall on August 11, 2017

This blog post is part of our blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

There is no doubt that our personal information is important to us. We want it to be as secure as possible. Do you know that deploying fiber in a network is one way operators make sure our information is protected?

Fiber allows us to transmit data faster, thus keeping it safer. In this Fiber Friday vlog, I give you two ways fiber increases information security for businesses and consumers.


Navigating the Road to Terabit Ethernet

Posted by James Young on August 10, 2017

New_Ethernet_RoadmapWhen I look back on my career, it was always about fiber: how to use it, where to use it, when to plan for more of it. That’s where useful tools like the Ethernet roadmap come in handy. 

Created by the Ethernet Alliance, the roadmap shows where we are now in terms of speed, and where we’re likely to be in five, 10, 15 years from now. It shows where we focus our attention and how to meet the challenges of growing bandwidth demand. The roadmap can be a great tool for businesses to chart a path forward and get in sync with the people developing applications for mobile users around the world.

Why Category 6a is the right cable for new installations

Posted by George Zimmerman on August 7, 2017

Cat6a-paper(Note:  The following is a guest blog by George Zimmerman, an independent consultant specializing in physical layer communications technology. Opinions and comments provided in this post, as with all posts to the CommScope blog, are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)

I recently wired my own house with Category 6a cabling. It was an easy decision for me, and I strongly recommend Category 6a for new installations even though I’ve spent the last 22 years of my life working on ways to reuse old twisted pair cable – to make it run faster, better or longer. Whether it has been DSL, or 2.5G/5GBASE-T Ethernet on installed Category 5e or Category 6 cable, my stock and trade has been how to get more out the existing cabling – which these days is mostly a mix of Category 6 and Category 5e. Why then, do I recommend Category 6a for new installations? Why then, when it came down to wiring my own house, did I choose to pay a bit more to put in Category 6a?

Five Characteristics of Data Center Single Mode Fiber Deployment

Posted by Anthony Haupt on August 4, 2017

Cabling_HFTWhile it may not quite be at the level of Game of Thrones or Pokémon Go, single mode fiber optics and cabling are all the rage in the data center industry. The hype, albeit over the top at times, is not entirely unjustified. Increasingly we are seeing a debate between deploying single mode fiber optics and cabling versus multimode fiber.

What is a Leader?

Posted by Mark Alrutz on August 3, 2017


As I began thinking about leadership, and how it might be applied to a company or observed in the marketplace, I was driven back to definitions. What is a leader? As you might guess, the number of opinions and definitions is staggering, but there is one common thread. Leadership is about people who help others succeed. 

Have you known an exceptional leader that has had an impact on you personally or professionally?  I have had the honor of knowing many – some formally and others only as I came to recognize them later.  They are all different, but all had a hand in making me successful at something, sometime when I needed them.

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