The practice of network sharing has been a recurring topic of interest in the wireless industry since it was introduced in the early 2000s. The first network sharing agreements were conceived as a way to help European wireless operators offset the high cost of launching 3G service in hard-to-cover areas. Despite the potential for savings, the initial surge of interest in network sharing quickly declined as most operators opted to build their own 3G networks.
Fast forward to 2016 and network sharing is once again a common topic of conversation as operators look for more cost-effective methods to transition to 4G services including LTE and LTE-Advanced. Once again, cost pressures are driving many operators to enter network sharing talks with competitors.
MIT researcher and entrepreneur Kevin Ashton first coined the
term “Internet of Things”
(IoT)in 1999 while working at Auto-ID Labs. Ashton was referring to a
global network of objects connected by radio-frequency identification (RFID). Nearly two decades later, perhaps
it’s time to evaluate if IoT really captures what’s happening. Should we
re-name IoT to something like “Internet
Consider this: Internet for People gathers the necessary data to make the world’s
population more safe and productive, while hopefully enabling medical
advancements to help people live with more dignity. We’re also seeing
investments on using the Internet for People to make our home here on earth a
more environmentally-safe place to live.
Imagine a cluster of homes nestled in a cozy, coastal town. A
family sits down to watch its favorite streaming show, and the connection is
way too slow or doesn’t download at all. And it might have everything to do
with the salt in the air.
While living in beautiful places like this has its
advantages, a downside is the daily saltwater mist that permeates the air. Small
but mighty salt particles can wreak havoc on a neighborhood’s fiber
distribution hub (FDH) or multi-port service terminal (MST), eroding the
connections inside. And there goes movie night.
One of the best gifts my husband and I received is a robotic vacuum cleaner that we decided to name Ambrogio. We only need to remember to press Ambrogio’s clean button before leaving in the morning. When we come home in the evening, we find our apartment clean. Not only does Ambrogio do a great job, but he is also very parsimonious. In fact, his power consumption is minimal compared to a traditional vacuum cleaner, which is great for our household budget.
No one understands the impact of steep energy costs on budgets like mobile service providers, for whom energy is a top expense. It’s estimated that providers account for $15 billion in annual energy expenditures, or about one percent of all energy consumed worldwide. Caught between rising energy prices and customer demand, that’s only going to increase—both as a factor of cost and as a percentage of use.
This blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions,” in which we will explain common terms in communications network infrastructure.
Though this blog post is an attempt to define C-RAN
—an acronym commonly heard in the wireless industry these days—the term does in fact have a couple of different meanings. The C in C-RAN stands for both “centralized” radio access network (RAN)
and also “cloud-based” RAN
. They are related concepts, and both involve a new architecture for the network equipment at cell sites.
When I was a child, I used to love to take things apart, especially the vacuum cleaner. There was one drawback: putting it back together in proper working condition was never easy. My mother used to scold me, “If it’s not broken, don't fix it.” I am sure many of you have similar stories.
Let’s take this concept and put it towards cell sites. If interference like passive intermodulation (PIM) is affecting key performance indicators, then the first course of action is to disassemble the site and test for a faulty component (at the cost of the operator and, ultimately, the customers’ coverage and capacity).
As more people wish for faster broadband service, quicker
downloads and seamless streaming video, service
providers race to build fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) networks to meet the growing
. Naturally, these same service providers want to invest wisely
while planning for even more demand in the coming years. Still, several challenges
lie ahead in the last mile, like speed of deployment, decisions on investments
and availability in rural areas.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is about to embark on the next phase of one of the most complicated and far-reaching auctions in history. The Broadcast Incentive Auction
seeks to repurpose the beachfront spectrum in the 600 MHz band from television use to wireless use. The Incentive Auction may ultimately make available up to 126 MHz of valuable wireless airwaves
for exciting new 5G services. However, Incentive Auction participants need to make sure that potential post-auction interference concerns
are identified and properly addressed.
My first encounter
with a data center was a trip down to the basement of our office building,
where the DEC PDP-11 sat
ensconced behind a big glass wall: a
mass of tape drives, processors and peripherals that was connected to the dumb
terminals sitting back in our offices. I
further date myself by adding that it accepted punch
Not too long after
the PDP-11 was retired, all kinds of crazy things started happening. Servers appeared in lab rooms, dedicated to specific
projects. Some departments had their
own IT networks. In many cases, companies had no idea about how
many IT assets they had, and where they were located.