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Optimizing Networks for Capacity: A Planning Guide

Posted by Mohamed Nadder Hamdy on July 23, 2017

Hamdy-1-blogThink 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.  

How Businesses Use the Internet of Things to Meet Consumer Demand

Posted by Jessica Epley on July 21, 2017

SkylineWhile 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.

Outside World Brutal to Electrical Devices

Posted by Ryan Chappell on July 20, 2017

2_camera_setupOne 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.

Building systems will soon run on the IT network, but who will own them?

Posted by Ed Solis on July 19, 2017

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.


What’s next for 600 MHz in the U.S.?

Posted by Laura Fontaine on July 17, 2017

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.


The Impossible Mission Force for Inband Interference—IMF

Posted by Mohamed Nadder Hamdy on July 16, 2017

IMF_GraphicAre 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. Good luck!

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! 

How WDM Helps With 5G Deployment

Posted by Wes Oxlee on July 14, 2017

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.

Nothing but Net: CommScope and the Sacramento Kings

Posted by Dave Tanis on July 13, 2017

G1C-screenThe 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.

Bandwidth and Capacity: The Passive Infrastructure Challenge

Posted by James Donovan on July 12, 2017

IA_ebook_coverDo 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.  

Yet through 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.

No Permit, No Problem

Posted by Brian Berdan on July 10, 2017

FDH_4000(1)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. 

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