CommScope's technical support team recently helped complete the first customer installation of the ION-U in the U.S., and is now supporting more rollouts here. The ION-U's set-up wizards and intelligent configuration tools proved their value in the field, enabling a quick and easy rollout.
CommScope worked with a major U.S. wireless operator for this project, deploying the ION-U in a congested downtown area of Dallas as part of an outdoor coverage and capacity upgrade. The area sees a high concentration of users daily, especially during events at a nearby arena. In advance of the deployment, CommScope hosted two-days of ION-U training sessions for about 45 members of the deployment team. These sessions introduced them to the new features and demonstrated how to use the set-up wizards and intelligent configuration tools. We also provided on-site support during deployment to help with installation and verify performance.
Have you ever noticed the number of people that claim they
were there for the big game? The stadium
holds 50,000 and yet 100,000 claim to have been there for that magical moment -
the play that will never be forgotten.
I have had a front row seat since the late 1990s for the many “firsts” in the
structured cabling industry. I was there in 1997 when the first Category 6
cabling system was introduced and 1Gb/s became a reality over twisted pair. I
was there in 1998 when the first OM3 fiber system was introduced and 10Gb/s
became a reality over multimode fiber. Since then, I have seen a lot of other
Black Friday is approaching again. As you may know, that's the frenzied kick-off of the holiday shopping season in the U.S. on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year I'm looking forward to it with some trepidation.
You see, last year I finally took the leap and bought a shiny new plasma TV to replace our trusty old, not-so-flat screen from 1993. Now I'm afraid what I will see this year is going to make my carefully chosen set look very much…well, "last year."
Ah, 1993. Airlines still had smoking sections, the hot-ticket web browser was Mosaic 1.0, and The Rolling Stones had played for a mere 30 years. As for our wireless networks, most of us had just one frequency band in use at the time. Soon enough however, there would be new 1800/1900 MHz spectrum carrying 2G digital services to expand and complement the legacy 850/900 MHz airwaves. The case for multiband combining was at hand but if my memory serves me, it would be several years before the popularity of the practice began to grow in earnest.
From February 2010 to August 2013, North Carolina's public broadband infrastructure underwent an amazing transformation, increasing in size by more than 800 percent. This transformation was the brainchild of MCNC.
The North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) is the state's broadband infrastructure for education, research and economic development. This transformation project was known as the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI). MCNC was tasked to engineer and build a 2,000 mile infrastructure project aimed to deliver affordable high-speed broadband to more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families in rural North Carolina.
Cable television and residential broadband network operators are wrestling today with a key challenge-how best to transition to the next generation of technology. Before we dive into that issue here, it may be helpful to address some of the acronyms you're about to see and what they mean.
First, CCAP (converged cable access platform) is designed to help cable operators who are seeking a cost-effective strategy for migrating from conventional MPEG-based video delivery to IP (Internet Protocol) video transport with the ability to combine data and video delivery. Next, CMTS (cable modem termination system) is piece of headend equipment used to provide high speed data services, such as cable Internet or voice over IP to cable subscribers. Edge QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) is the format by which digital cable channels are encoded and transmitted via cable television providers. Finally, PON (passive optical network) is a telecommunications network that uses point-to-multipoint fiber-to-the-premises in which unpowered optical splitters are used to enable a single optical fiber to serve multiple premises.
Solid-state luminaries or LED lighting applications have created much excitement. LED lighting promises the user longer use, energy savings and a better illuminated, safer environment. Recently, I was asked if LED lighting has kept its promise-is it right for every application? Not ashamed, I said categorically "no."
It is true, LED lighting is not right for every application. Specialty lamps and fixtures such as halogen, metal halide, fluorescent, or induction lamps may do the job better and, in some instances, might be more cost-effective. So, what makes LED so attractive to talk about?
Everybody's talking about them, but what exactly is a small cell? In many people's minds, a small cell is a very low power femto cell, installed in a home or office. It's a radio device. In my mind (and in many others, too), a small cell is anything that is not a typical macro site, deployed to solve a network capacity problem.
Small cells can be indoor or outdoor. They can vary in power level. Some are carrier grade, some are for consumers. But what defines a small cell is not one of these characteristics, but rather what a small cell is trying to do-add capacity in some manner besides a standard macro site.
With that definition in mind, I see four viable "small cell" paths for wireless operators to explore for expanding wireless capacity:
CommScope offers many types of services to its wireless customers-design, installation, project management, system commissioning and others. One of our more unique service offerings is less known but very valuable-after market services.
The CommScope After Market Services (AMS) team does post-sales support on RF conditioning products. While we offer a wide array of services, a majority of our offering is focused on the return and repair of Andrew filter and power amplifier products. What we are offer to customers is the chance to extend the life cycle of their RF Path components. Instead of buying new filters or amplifiers, customers can repair damaged ones, which is more cost-effective. If the product is still under warranty, we are the group that handles the end to end warranty process.
of you may be familiar with standards groups but may not know how my company
works within these groups to help develop the specifications for new and
has been a longstanding global leader in standards development, and our
expertise was rewarded last month at the TIA TR-42 Engineering Committee
meeting with key committee appointments.
Success Story: CommScope Hits a Homerun For MCNC And The NCREN
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