The need for connectivity and mobility have led to the development of innovative
solutions. With the Internet of Things (IoT) penetrating every corner of daily
life, operators still have many challenges ahead. Cellular, security and Wi-Fi
networks are some examples of technology that need to be improved to expand
their coverage and create efficient connections with Power Over Ethernet (PoE)
devices. For this reason, simplifying the installation of these devices and
optimizing their performance is one of the main challenges for network
How many times have the deployment of high-definition cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots
or small cells for cellular networks been a major problem for companies? With
this in mind, CommScope designed the Powered Fiber Cable System, a solution
that increases the range of coverage at lower costs and solve problems of
access to power under difficult access conditions.
says that just under half of
U.S. seniors own a smartphone. Of course, the smartphones and tablets they own need
to connect to a local Wi-Fi system to keep their cellular bills to a
minimum. One retirement facility
understood that, and quickly worked on ways to strengthen their broadband
services for its residents.
Living owns 19 communities across 11 states.
More of its residents were becoming more tech-savvy (63
percent of adults 50+
download apps on their phones, for example), so Erickson needed to build an
infrastructure to support the growing demand. And it wasn’t just for the
seniors, but for their visiting families and staff. Additionally, guaranteeing
a better experience meant having a competitive edge.
At CommScope, we are always trying to make things easier for
the customer. For example, we launched FTTA PowerCalc back in March to help
customers choose the right sized power cable for their fiber-to-the-antenna
deployments. Thanks to customer feedback, we have made some updates to the tool.
If you are not familiar with the FTTA PowerCalc, let me introduce you.
FTTA PowerCalc is a web-based calculator that provides a
fast and easy way for choosing power cables based on radio power requirements,
power trunk and power jumper conductor size, and trunk cable length. Users can
enter information into the tool in order to select the appropriate cable for their
This blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions,” in which we
will explain common terms in communications network infrastructure.
Ultra-Low Loss describes
the performance of fiber optic apparatus used in data center (DC) networks.
Data centers are always striving to increase the capacity to deliver
services to their users. Like a finely tuned racing car, higher
performance is a never-ending engineering challenge. As performance ramps
up, each and every component is highly stressed and the overall performance of
the car and the team depends on the performance of the smallest parts.
I start, let me explain what passive
infrastructure is and why it is important to you.
The term “passive infrastructure”
denotes the widest possible coverage of transmission media used in networks
today – copper (twisted pair and coax), fiber optic, RF wireless and microwave.
As the name suggests, the focus is on the parts of the network often hidden in
the wall, underground or above the streets, rather than the “active” components
of a network that often get most attention. Active
components are those devices that must be supplied with external power (i.e.,
AC, DC, PoE) to function. They also boost the power of the signals.
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
There is no doubt that our personal information is important to us. We want it to be as secure as possible. Do you know that deploying fiber in a network is one way operators make sure our information is protected?
Fiber allows us to transmit data faster, thus keeping it safer. In this Fiber Friday vlog, I give you two ways fiber increases information security for businesses and consumers.
When I look back on my career, it was always about fiber:
how to use it, where to use it, when to plan for more of it. That’s where
useful tools like the Ethernet roadmap come in handy.
Created by the Ethernet
Alliance, the roadmap shows where we are now in terms of speed, and where
we’re likely to be in five, 10, 15 years from now. It shows where we focus our
attention and how to meet the challenges of growing bandwidth demand. The
roadmap can be a great tool for businesses to chart a path forward and get in
sync with the people developing applications for mobile users around the world.
(Note: The following is a guest blog by George Zimmerman, an independent consultant specializing in physical layer communications technology. Opinions and comments provided in this post, as with all posts to the CommScope blog, are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)
I recently wired my own house with Category 6a cabling. It was an easy decision for me, and I strongly recommend Category 6a for new installations even though I’ve spent the last 22 years of my life working on ways to reuse old twisted pair cable – to make it run faster, better or longer. Whether it has been DSL, or 2.5G/5GBASE-T Ethernet on installed Category 5e or Category 6 cable, my stock and trade has been how to get more out the existing cabling – which these days is mostly a mix of Category 6 and Category 5e. Why then, do I recommend Category 6a for new installations? Why then, when it came down to wiring my own house, did I choose to pay a bit more to put in Category 6a?
While it may not quite be at the level of Game
of Thrones or Pokémon
Go, single mode fiber optics and cabling are all
the rage in the data center industry. The hype, albeit over the top at times,
is not entirely unjustified. Increasingly we are seeing a debate between
deploying single mode fiber optics and cabling versus multimode fiber.
As I began thinking about leadership, and how it might be
applied to a company or observed in the marketplace, I was driven back to
definitions. What is a leader? As you might guess, the number of opinions and
definitions is staggering, but there is one common thread. Leadership is about
people who help others succeed.
Have you known an exceptional leader that has had an
impact on you personally or professionally?
I have had the honor of knowing many – some formally and others only as
I came to recognize them later. They are
all different, but all had a hand in making me successful at something,
sometime when I needed them.