There is opportunity in the wireless industry
for new power solutions for the cell site architectures deployed today. Improvements particularly can be made for powering remote radio units (RRUs)
more efficiently and cost-effectively. When discussing this opportunity, I used the term “voltage drop”
in a previous blog post
. I will explain the term more clearly here and the central role it plays in the challenge of supplying power efficiently to RRUs.
network infrastructure that powers broadband providers and multi-system operators (MSO) is evolving
rapidly. That is why the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans (Oct.
13-16, 2015) is so important for operators and for CommScope. With our acquisition
of TE Connectivity’s Broadband Network Solutions
(BNS) business, CommScope is adding more innovation, global
solutions and scale to help operators solve
more network challenges.
the combination of CommScope and the BNS business, we look to accelerate industry innovation, solve
more wired and wireless network
challenges and better serve customers in more markets around the world. Broadband
and MSOs and are facing four major challenges:
- Increasing bandwidth
- Network quality issues
- Rapid deployment that is
- Optimized infrastructure
that can support every application
Buildings Institute defines an
intelligent building as “one which provides a productive and cost-effective environment through optimization of
four basic elements: structure, systems, services and management, and the
interrelationship between them.” As we look to the future of intelligent buildings, it’s important to have a
vision with this definition in mind, and how new technologies will influence the workspace structure.
Innovative workspace flow
and efficient uses of space are crucial to gaining optimum performance for the intelligent building. A cost-effective
building intelligence platform will use components and technologies that deliver optimum performance through
proper space usage, energy efficiencies
and workforce productivity.
October 1, 2015
After more than 40 years in development,
has become a ubiquitous part of our lives. It has become the most common medium
for our information society. It has also successfully achieved an ideal pervasive
state that its creators originally expected.
If we look back at the history
of Ethernet, it roughly grew by a factor of 10 − from 10 megabytes (M) to 100M,
and then from 1 gigabits (G) to 10G. Today, some data centers are working at 40G and sometimes in 100G; however, in the past few years,
Ethernet progressed in a diversified way.
is not a new concept in the wireless industry
. It is basically an alternative
to the typical refrigeration technique of air conditioning—think freon and window units at your home. By contrast, in free cooling, naturally cold air
or water is circulated past the active electronic equipment in cell site shelters and enclosures to evacuate the excess heat. Network engineers
have been exploring and deploying free cooling solutions for years because they lower operating costs
while protecting radio equipment.
I am often asked which structured cabling category I would choose for a project. Most engineers’ response should be, “It depends.” It depends on many considerations, such as:
- Site size
- Business type
- Building type
- Life expectancy of the installation
Engineers tend to call these decision parameters. Yes, we are that warped.
Every cabling investment is an endeavor to succeed and that the company will thrive and grow, based on a responsible business plan.
When cabling infrastructure is in place, the job is not over. Testing of the finished cabling system is an essential part of any installation project. This applies equally to both copper and fiber optic cabling. It also applies to all types of applications such as data centers, wireless networks, FTTx and local area networks.
Testing is needed to verify that a cabling installation has been completed in accordance with the terms of the contract and industry standards. In addition, the test data provides useful information for troubleshooting over the life of the cabling, and for planning future upgrades of equipment and applications.
Since the recent
acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Broadband Network Solutions (BNS) business
unit by CommScope, there has been a lot
of excitement around how these two great organizations are combining resources and talent. At this
year’s Fall BICSI Conference &
Exhibition, recently held in Las Vegas, it seems they will also get to combine their trophy cases.
During the conference, Cabling Installation &
Maintenance held their inaugural Innovators Awards program recognizing some of the most innovative uses and applications of cabling technologies. We’re
proud to announce two of our solutions
took home some hardware.
Have you ever bought a t-shirt that is the right color, right size, right price – and fits ok? But after a few times wearing and washing it, you notice it looks worn and faded? You thought you were getting a good deal…until those first few washes.
Microwave antennas are not t-shirts, but the same phenomenon applies. Some antennas are more durable and last longer than others. But did you know that most countries have regulations to protect you from purchasing substandard telecommunications equipment that doesn’t meet the specifications under which it is sold? For example, in Europe there are three principle regulations and standards for microwave antennas that you should be aware of.
Today’s working environment is very different
from that of even just a decade ago. Equipped with smartphones, tablets and
laptops, office workers today work in flexible, fast changing teams. They are
connected as never before, with many working with cloud based applications and
collaborative tools that demand always-on wireless connectivity. And they want
workspaces that are equally adaptive, and fit around their changing needs.