Commercial office buildings continue to go through a very disruptive time. Workplace designs and layouts are all being challenged in the attempt to provide workspaces that are best suited to today’s workers. The Internet of Things continues to drive a massive amount of new IP-based physical devices to be installed and connected. Connecting and powering these different devices is quite a challenge. And there is another trend that is becoming critical in the building space because it directly impacts employee productivity—Indoor Mobility.
“Mobility everywhere” means that there is a universal expectation that wireless connectivity will be available throughout the building, not just in certain areas. Workers usually don’t care whether their wireless connection for data is via the Wi-Fi network or a cellular network—they just want voice and data connectivity and performance. Since most enterprises need to provide both types of wireless technologies, their infrastructure must accommodate both.
happens in an Internet
minute. People search online 2.4 million times. They send 150 million
emails. They watch nearly 70,000 hours of streaming video. That’s a lot of
demand on out-of-date or even near-obsolete data centers.
managers need to pack in more fiber
connections with dwindling physical space. And keeping track of everything?
You can’t do it with spreadsheets anymore; the impact of any small human error is too great.
more about it in this video – take a look at how we approach the explosive demand for bandwidth.
This blog post is part of a new video blog series—Fiber
Friday. Our subject matter
experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics,
covering various industry topics.
are opportunities for African operators to overcome some of the challenges to
building their fiber infrastructure. New equipment is now available that allow
operators to hire less technical labor for the installation process. In
addition, network sharing and new service offerings can help network builders
and operators unleash Africa’s full potential through cooperation and
this video blog, I suggest how African operators
can overcome some of the challenges to building the fiber infrastructure.
While IT managers tend to function mostly in real time – meeting
evolving needs and handling crises – they also worry about the future of their
networks. Their jobs are to anticipate, meet, and (hopefully) exceed business
needs and objectives to the satisfaction of everyone from managers and internal
end users to external customers, partners and suppliers.
And, they must do it all while considering how competitive
global issues and information technology can leverage their positions.
Regular readers will have noticed a theme in this space over the last several weeks. Let’s call it an “Ode to Innovation.” The 40th anniversary of CommScope’s founding was an ideal time to highlight some of the creative, groundbreaking and industry-changing technologies and solutions that the company has spawned over the past four decades. To do that, we solicited suggestions from our employees in efforts to compile a list of the Top 40 innovations that have come from CommScope or one of its acquired companies over the past 40 years.
It wasn’t easy, but it sure as heck was rewarding. Personally, despite my many years in this business, it taught me a lot about the company and the industry as a whole. It also was inspiring to hear and read the passion and pride that was shared by so many engineers and technicians in telling their stories. It also reminded me of the vast importance of what we and others in the industry do on a daily basis to create the connected society of which we all are part.
you are a subscriber to broadband cable services, it is likely that your
subscription is dramatically different than it was years ago. The basic cable
TV of yesteryear has significantly evolved because of the many new and emerging
services offered today over cable, including:
and Cloud-based Video
hot spot connectivity
of Things (IoT)
cable providers are also known as multiple system operators (MSOs) because of the multiple
local systems they operate. MSOs and individual operators continue to provide
content to residential subscribers, but have also branched out and enhanced
their data delivery networks to support different customers. So, what does the
future hold for MSOs? They understand and recognize new potential revenue
streams and will continue to keep customers (residential and business)
connected with an ever-evolving hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) network.
With changes and
uncertainty in the global landscape – Brexit, President-elect Donald Trump, country
leaders resigning – 2017 could be the year of massive change as businesses
loosen their purse strings and invest, or organizations reduce spending while waiting
to gauge the impact of changes. Even with these two different scenarios, we see
a few trends for the coming year in business enterprise network infrastructure.
As we look into 2017, CommScope is positioned to offer insight into several trends we see coming to light. The industry will be preparing for 5G, and we’ll see the issue of net neutrality come to the forefront as several governments around the world welcome new leaders. We also envision more activity in emerging markets as even more attention is paid to rural areas.
The trends that defined the wireless network industry in 2016 are all still in play in 2017. While that might sound like more of the same, it can also be thought of as a prelude to 5G. Now is the time when mobile network operators (MNOs) are laying the groundwork for the future while monetizing and managing their investments from the past. The trends of densification, virtualization and optimization are how they will do so.
The general shift in the wireless industry is from cell towers to street poles, from large-sized structures to miniaturized equipment. Densification means adding more sites where users congregate—on city streets and inside large buildings. Metro cell deployments continue to attract a lot of attention. The question is when will there be a major uptick. I expect to see a significant increase for these kinds of deployments in 2017.
This blog post is part of a series about intelligent buildings based on content from the CommScope Connected and Efficient Buildings e-book.
In the telecom, intelligent building and cabling industries, standards development organizations demonstrate considerable cooperation by providing viable solutions for growing communication needs. There are always numerous new and updated standards in development. For example, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recently published the first international standard for Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM).
CommScope is very active in standards organizations and currently has employees chairing committees, providing technical expertise and helping progress standards to successful publication and deployment. Several CommScope associates have even been recognized with awards for their service to the IEC, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). It is important for our customers that we stay on the cutting-edge of network technology evolution.