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What is Latency?

Posted by Pat Thompson on September 22, 2017

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

You don’t know it, but you experience latency every day.  

When you click on a website and wait for it to load, that’s latency. It happens with all networks. The less time you need to wait for something to load, the shorter the latency is because the network is working at a faster level.

In this Fiber Friday vlog, I go into more detail about latency and its importance to the network. 

Why Did Wtec Choose the CommScope Infrastructure Academy?

Posted by James Donovan on September 21, 2017

PartnerPRO_wtec_CIA_VideoWhat benefits can our partners get from using the CommScope Infrastructure Academy? Well, I have a terrific story to tell you.  

Wtec AG has three business goals. They want to: 

  • Be recognized as Europe’s most customer-focused technology business
  • Deliver highly innovative first class end-to-end solutions
  • Build strong partner relationships

Recognizing that staff training is part of the answer to supporting these goals, wtec turned to the CommScope Infrastructure Academy. It implemented a training and development plan for its staff.

Top Fiber Questions: Can I Bend Fiber Around a Corner?

Posted by Mark Winick on September 20, 2017

Top 11 Fiber Questions_Bend_FiberThe Top Fiber Questions blog series is dedicated to answering the most asked questions in the industry. From now until the end of the year, we hope to provide great answers. Most importantly, we’d love for you to ask your fiber questions in the comments below. 


Can I bend fiber around a sharp corner? 


I am a big proponent of bend insensitive fiber (BIF), although I like to call it RBR fiber, or reduced bend radius fiber. Why is that? 

  • It gives great flexibility in the construction of panels and frames, assisting in better cable management.
  • There are clear specifications for the bend radius.
  • With proper testing and use, the RBR fiber provides a more reliable network.

3 Steps to Success as a Trusted Contractor (Part 1)

Posted by Craig Thomasmeyer on September 19, 2017

Trusted Contractor_1(Note: The following has been submitted as a guest post to CommScope Blogs by Craig Thomasmeyer, executive vice president at Miller Information Systemsa member of CommScope’s PartnerPRO Network and provider of IT networking solutions in Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH and Columbus, OH areas. Opinions and comments provided in this guest post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)

Business 101 for trusted contractors is knowing what your client wants and why you are calling them. Do they have a need or a problem to solve? You can solve it, but make sure you solve it in order. That is the first step. Let me explain.

Managing Power over Ethernet with imVision

Posted by Jason Bautista on September 18, 2017

Connectivity is only half of the Internet of Things (IoT) puzzle; these devices also need power. One way to accomplish this is with Power over Ethernet (PoE). This technology is being used to remotely power hundreds of millions of devices over the same cable that provides network connectivity. Keeping track of these devices and making sure the network can support and power them is becoming more difficult as more devices are brought online.

Connectivity in the building is increasingly important, and IT managers are always looking for ways to drive more value out of their wired infrastructure. Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) systems like imVision have been developed to manage end-to-end connectivity in the building. To see how CommScope enhanced our imVision system to also manage PoE, check out my new video and this description of features.

CommScope Definitions: What is Fixed Wireless Access?

Posted by Sammit Patel on September 15, 2017

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

Fixed wireless access is the process of providing wireless broadband using radio links between two fixed points.  In other words, fixed wireless is an alternate method of providing wireless internet access to homes or businesses while eliminating the need for physical connections (phone lines, cable, or fiber).

The RF Path – Complex, Quite Simply

Posted by Erik Lilieholm on September 14, 2017

Multiband-coverSo I bought a new car. It’s been a while since the last time and on the whole an unfamiliar process that few people will come to consider a routine affair. A cursory examination reveals the same four wheels with rubber that meets the road like most cars of the past century as well as a fifth, useful for aiming the equipage in the desired direction. And that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

This car has so many features. There are not just switches and buttons; there are menus to navigate and options to select. My car offers not one, but three ways it can connect with my smartphone and I have yet to explore most of what the results of that might be. In some ways then, cars are more complex than they used to be. On the other hand, so much has also been simplified through intelligence and automation. My car has learned how I want the seat and mirrors positioned, the way I wish the engine and transmission to respond, and my preferred music genre. The moment I touch the door handle, my car recognizes me and remembers all that.

3 Ways the Data Centre Impacts Growth

Posted by Xavier Lau on September 13, 2017

Data_Center_4The data centre market in Asia Pacific is expected to be $32 billion by 2022 – and Hong Kong is paying attention.  The local government is looking to beef up its regional data centre hub given the city’s proximity to mainland China and access to multi-national companies.

You may be surprised to learn “IT modernisation” makes me excited.  But it’s really about what the term stands for: economic growth, entrepreneurial opportunity and frugal innovation.

Should I Buy A 5G Phone?

Posted by Amar Mandhyan on September 12, 2017

GroupSelfieBloomberg recently posted the story, How 5G will Juice Up Your Phone and Your Fridge,” noting that “businesses that rely on wireless connectivity are already dreaming of how they can put 5G to work.”

When I try to describe the fifth generation mobile network (5G) to my daughter, I tell her she’ll be able to download films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in a few seconds from her phone.  However, she doesn’t seem that impressed. 

But she’s my toughest audience.

What Does Fiber Mean to You?

Posted by Trevor Smith on September 8, 2017

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

Fiber, fiber and more fiber. What does it mean? Deploying fiber means different things in different parts of the world. The reasons and requirements for deploying fiber in Europe might not be the same in Africa, for example.  

Fiber is growing in every region around the world, but every region has a different reason on why it is important to them. In this Fiber Friday vlog, I provide examples of what building a fiber network means to different parts of the world. 


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