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CommScope’s Top 40 Innovations: The Unveiling Begins

Posted by Rick Aspan on November 4, 2016

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A common thread in all the activities in which we’ve commemorated CommScope’s 40th anniversary has been our special focus on the people and the innovation that have fueled our growth and success through the years.

It was an easy choice, really. So many thousands of talented, passionate people have left their mark on the company and essentially built the prominent position we hold today with customers and in the overall industry. And innovation—despite it being a buzzword of the tech and business world—is a core value and our fuel for future growth and success.

CommScope (and the companies acquired along the way) and its talented employees have made a meaningful, lasting impact on our industry and customers through inventions, new products, improved processes and technology breakthroughs. In our brainstorming and planning for the anniversary, an ambitious idea was surfaced that came to truly encapsulate the “people and innovation” focus of our celebration. In our 40th year, let’s try to identify the 40 best and most impactful innovations that have come from CommScope or one of its acquired companies over the past 40 years. And let’s ask the global CommScope team to nominate innovations for consideration for this list.


Why Fibre Should Be at the Heart of Operators' Connectivity Strategies

Posted by Phil Sorsky on November 4, 2016
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Access to superfast broadband and speedy 4G services – we all have that as standard, right? Well, actually no. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case across Europe. While those in larger metropolitan cities such as London, Brussels and Luxembourg might be lucky enough to have consistent, high quality connectivity, it is not an equal playing field for those in rural areas. 

The role broadband plays as an enabler cannot be underestimated. For small businesses, reliable broadband provides the opportunity to reach a global audience – and could even be the difference between success and failure. For the elderly or hard-to-reach individuals, reliable connectivity access can prevent issues such as social isolation and loneliness


Why Operators Need Small Cells to be Plug-and-Play

Posted by Josh Adelson on November 3, 2016
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Small cells are essentially miniature versions of the big cell towers you see outdoors. They are part of a mobile operator’s network infrastructure, and as such they need to coordinate with the operator’s core network, with the surrounding macro network, and with neighboring small cells. However, unlike macro base stations, small cells are deployed in high volume.  Therefore, the tools and processes for deploying and maintaining a relatively small number of macro cells cannot scale economically to deploying hundreds of thousands of small cells.

Put simply, operators need small cells to be plug-and-play.


Wireless Connectivity as the Next Utility

Posted by Sean Kerr on November 2, 2016
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This post is part of a blog series about intelligent buildings, based on content from the CommScope Connected and Efficient Buildings e-book.

How connected are you?  Do you get upset when your phone or tablet doesn’t work at the office, in a restaurant, or at your home?  We are a connected society, and these devices have become an important fabric of our lives.  Many of us expect all our devices to work on demand in any and every building we enter.  

Today water, electricity, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) are expectations for almost every building.  Is it time to have that same expectation for wireless connectivity?  According to ABI Research, more than 80 percent of all wireless traffic originates or terminates indoors. CommScope recently conducted its own research into in-building wireless networks, surveying building owners, operators and architects. These six statements were assessed by respondents:


Be the Best Fiber Optic Specialist You Can Be

Posted by James Donovan on November 1, 2016
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The world is changing. Technology is revolutionizing almost every aspect of our lives. New applications are changing the way we live, work, play and learn. Behind the technology revolution, you find networks and behind the networks, you find people. These people want to connect and communicate anywhere at any time.

The number of networked devices is growing fast, in both the commercial and public sectors. A common theme in the convergence of wireline and wireless systems is the expanded use of IP (Internet Protocol), enabling communication between wide arrays of devices. This is driving the use and adoption of more network infrastructure solutions. Vast quantities of IP-enabled end-user devices are now being connected to networks, pushing up demands on the network and infrastructure bandwidth.


CommScope Definitions: What are Indoor Small Cells

Posted by Josh Adelson on October 31, 2016
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This blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions,” in which we explain common terms in communications network infrastructure.

Last year, Patrick Lau defined the term “small cell” for the CommScope Definitions series. He explained that small cells are fundamentally about giving operators a tool for adding cellular network capacity through densification, with radios that are physically smaller and lower-powered than macro cells. This is still true, but the small cell market is evolving quickly, and other aspects of small cells are taking prominence. Here are three key areas that stand out:

 


What One Millennial in São Paulo Thinks About Network Connectivity

Posted by Simone Vieira on October 27, 2016
Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000, are connected with technology as no generation has been before. And since they are estimated to make up 75 percent of the workforce and to have over $1 trillion in spending power in the United States alone by 2025, their attitudes about technology will impact the way service providers and technology vendors shape their services and products. This is the second in a series of blogs from millennials around the world opening up on how they use technology.

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Hi, I’m Simone Vieira, a Field Application Engineer for CommScope in São Paulo, Brazil. Let me tell you about my digital life.

I can’t imagine my life today without the Internet. I have three mobile devices (a phone, an iPad, and a laptop computer), but I prefer the phone. I’m always with my mobile phone from the time I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed at night.

I use my iPhone to check the weather when I get up to decide how I am going to dress for the day, and then I check the traffic with my Waze app. Here in São Paulo we need to use it because we have a lot of high traffic areas. I’m always monitoring WhatsApp, which is my primary means of communicating with my friends. My phone is my best friend, and I’ve been using a mobile phone for 13 years now.


Ready, Set, AIM! – The Automated Infrastructure Management Standard is Now Published

Posted by Matias Peluffo on October 26, 2016
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Here is another hot-of-the presses standards update: after more than two years of development, the international standard for Automated Infrastructure Management (ISO/IEC 18598 Information technology -- Automated infrastructure management (AIM) systems -- Requirements, data exchange and applications) is now officially published.

The growing importance of AIM has already led the industry’s standards-defining organizations to recommend the technology in a variety of standards, but the ISO/IEC 18598 standard is the first one strictly dedicated to AIM to specifically address its varied and powerful capabilities, from connectivity management to integration with external systems and processes. 


Will 5G Turn Mobile Networks Inside Out?

Posted by Luigi Tarlazzi on October 25, 2016

Cell-virtualization-compressedImagine if we heated our homes by erecting a series of giant blowers on outdoor towers and pointed them at our houses. It sounds preposterous, but in fact that is how mobile services are delivered today. An estimated 80% of wireless usage is indoors, but the vast majority of RAN infrastructure is outdoors. Of course the heating analogy is imperfect, but you get the idea: we’re not delivering service where people consume it.


A High Fiber Diet

Posted by Werner De Wolf on October 24, 2016

We talk a lot about network convergence at CommScope. We believe most networks will be put on a “high fiber diet” as we move into the future of broadband.  And global surveys support that idea.

In fact, we recently co-sponsored the “Broadband Outlook 2016” survey by Telecoms.com Intelligence. That survey concluded fiber will play a crucial role in the development of 5G, as well as network speed in all FTTH deployments. The only way to provide backhaul to a high density small cell network is a converged fiber network. As such, 5G will drive network convergence and deep fiber deployment.

You can read more about the survey here. In the meantime, here is my perspective on the results:


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