Think about all the challenges capacity planners must face when it comes to forecasting and planning for efficient mobile networks. Over-dimensioning with too much network capacity is unforgivably wasted cash—while under-dimensioning is a catastrophic revenue loss!
As per the Shannon-Hartley theory, capacity dimensioning is a three-dimensional model. One should address the densification, efficiency and spectrum domains simultaneously to deliver a complete and optimized solution.
While researching for my blog
on consumer interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), I came across numerous
statistics and examples highlighting increased industry investment in smart
devices. For example, Accenture
estimates that by 2020 corporations will invest a total of $500 billion per
year in IoT technology. So, as consumers crave IoT technology to save time,
quickly access information and enhance efficiency, corporate enterprises are
becoming more and more interested in IoT. They want to exceed consumer expectations
by quickly and efficiently providing products, services and positive customer
experiences—with real-time access to insightful consumer data.
One of the great things
about my job is that I get to visit with customers and see how they solve
problems. People are so creative! When faced with difficult challenges, tight
budgets and short timelines, human beings are marvelous problem solvers. But even
genius quick-fixes don’t always produce the most reliable long-term solutions
to difficult engineering challenges like deploying network devices in outdoor
environments. The outside world, which can include weather, interference or
poor design, can truly be brutal on electronics devices.
Case in point: recently a
major university in the U.S. called CommScope to help with a network of
security cameras in a section of campus causing almost daily problems. When we
arrived, 10 of the 38 cameras were down, and the customer had been trying for a
week to bring them back up with no success. They told us that was common, and it
made the system almost unusable for the police department who needed these
cameras to work.
We all want to be connected. At home and at work. The ability to access content whenever we want and wherever we are is the new expectation. But as we connect more Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the network, the challenges increase.
One of the questions that is still unanswered is, “Who owns the network in the building?” According to a survey conducted by CommScope on in-building wireless, although 87 percent of building professionals say that it is imperative to have coverage in-building, 37 percent say network operators should be responsible while others say IT managers or building managers (23 percent and 21 percent, respectively). You can see that there is little agreement on ownership, which adds to the challenges.
In the below video, I talk more about these challenges and our upcoming educational seminars to help building managers and owners understand some of the expectations placed on building networks. See today’s press release about the “Evolution of the Workplace” workshops to register for these free events.
After about 10 months, and four stages of forward and reverse auctions, the 600 MHz incentive auction concluded on February 10, 2017 with the block assignment phase wrapping up on March 30. Once the dust settled, the final band plan ended with 70 MHz of spectrum divided among 50 wireless licensees for a gross price of nearly $20 billion.
Are you a movie fan? If you are, then you may assume that IMF
stands for Impossible Mission Force, led by Ethan Hunt in his Mission
Impossible movie series. However, it has a different meaning within the
networking industry, which is facing another seemingly impossible mission:
removing in-band interference. For this reason, CommScope has designed interference
mitigation filters (IMF). But don’t forget, “As always, should you
or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any
knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds.
The Leakage Problem
Cordless phones, baby monitors, garage door openers, wireless home
security systems, keyless automobile entry systems, and other types of common
electronic equipment rely on low power non-licensed transmitters, or unlicensed
spectrum, to function. This can be a
headache for Wi-Fi users because the closer the non-licensed transmitter, the
greater the chance for interference, according to High
Tech Forum. No wonder you may have had
a bad connection the last time you were in the airport!
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.
With 5G on the way, service providers need to get the most bandwidth out of their current fiber networks.
One recent development in fiber technology is the increased use of passive
wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) devices. These devices allow carriers to get the most out of their valuable fiber assets.
Who can benefit from using WDMs? That’s an easy question to answer—all service providers. It helps best utilize their entire infrastructure and get it ready for 5G deployments.
In this vlog, I explain how this technology has evolved and the advantages it has created for service providers.
The National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings wanted their new downtown arena to be an innovation showplace, where advanced technology transforms the fan experience completely. So they turned to CommScope to provide a leading-edge network that connects Kings fans to the game, to the team and each other like never before.
The Sacramento Kings engaged CommScope for infrastructure design assistance and validation, including future proof concepts, next-generation data center models, and efficient installation implementation. From the day it opened, the Golden 1 Center has set new standards for connectivity. The arena utilizes leading-edge technology to provide seamless and intuitive communication for 17,600 Kings fans from the moment they arrive at the arena to the final buzzer and beyond.
you remember what information technology was like 20 to 30 years ago? A
cross-country telephone conversation would often start with, “Please hurry, I’m
calling long distance.” When content was urgent, documents were read over the
phone. A “fast” PC connection was one where theAmerican Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text would display faster
than you could read it. Electronic typewriters with memory were hot items. Things
sure have changed drastically.
the changes one thing is apparent; optimizing
the cost per bit has been a factor in technology adoption. Decisions made
on passive infrastructure solutions should be no different. The impact that they
have on facilitating a better cost per bit is a simple yet effective measure of
the solution’s value.
In both wired
and wireless voice and data networks, disrupting technologies are having a
big effect on the cost structure of transporting a bit over any distance. Three
basic technologies – microelectronics, storage, and photonics – are disrupting the communications market place.
When my dad and I worked on projects, he had two clichés
that he repeated early and often. One was, “there is a correct and proper tool
for every job.” The other was, “a place for everything, and everything in its
place.” These sayings hold true, too, for service providers when it comes to
FTTX deployments. There are ways to get the job done, but the same solutions or
products work better than others.
Enter in the sealed FDH 4000, or fiber distribution hub, that is
designed to go “below grade,” or underground. The hub allows fiber to be routed
between the central office or headend to the end user. It helps eliminate
problems with permitting because after it’s installed, the FDH is literally out
of sight. It protects it from vandalism or security issues. It’s also built to
withstand any kind of outside environment like wind, snow and ice.