A common thread in all the activities in which we’ve
40th anniversary has been our special focus on the people
and the innovation that have fueled our growth and success through the
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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:
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.
Simone Vieira, a Field Application Engineer for CommScope in São Paulo, Brazil. Let me
tell you about my digital life.
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.
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
Imagine 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.
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: