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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. 


Infrastructure Migration: If Not Now, When?

Posted by Ehab Kanary on July 7, 2017

Data_Center_3With internal data center traffic expected to grow threefold over the next five years1—and the penetration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices predicted to be 30 billion strong by 20202—enterprise data center bandwidth is at risk of being overloaded in the near future. Same could be said of colocation facilities as well. These are hardly revelations anymore. Technology builds upon itself, so its growth is almost always exponential.  

Needless to say, data center managers are having to adapt to some pretty tough challenges: applications demanding higher lane speeds and ultra low-latency performance; increasing port densities that can support leaf and spine networks; and, while you’re at it, find a way to improve network availability while lowering costs across the board.

For many data center managers, the answer lies in migrating their infrastructure—either with rip and replace or slowly over time—to support the new speed, latency and port density requirements. But is this both necessary and true for all data center facilities? Absolutely not.


Campus Fiber Offers Safety, Connectivity

Posted by Simon Cowley on July 6, 2017

Cowley_DaughterFacebook recently reminded me of when one of my kids spoke at her graduation ceremony from the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. 

Almost simultaneously, I heard that SMU was extending their campus fiber ring underneath a major highway to connect their east campus to the main. This is likely the final piece to upgrading its network that started several years ago, connecting and protecting their most valuable assets – their students, our children. 

SMU is a beautiful campus, like a classic ivy-league school (but it’s warm in the winter), and we all immediately fell in love with it.  With three new buildings dedicated to engineering, it matched the educational focus my daughter valued.  Only 45 minutes from home, it matched my wife’s key criteria.  And they were, and still are, a valued CommScope SYSTIMAX customer.  I clearly remember sitting in a lecture with my daughter and marveling at the Cat6A ports at every desk, much to my daughter’s chagrin.


Convergence in Commercial Real Estate: IT and OT in the IoT

Posted by Ed Solis on July 5, 2017

Solis-robotMeet KNIGHTSCOPE, an Autonomous Data Machines (ADM) robot that provides a commanding but friendly physical security presence in any building or campus environment. KNIGHTSCOPE was one of the many exciting new technologies on display at the recent Realcomm/Ibcon Commercial Real Estate and Technology conference in San Diego. This was my first time attending the show, and it was an eye opener!

My general observations from the show: the commercial real estate (CRE) market continues to evolve as technology becomes a key enabler to optimizing and securing the office space. The technology evolution is enabling building managers and operators to run their buildings in new ways, but they need to assess the vulnerability of the data produced from Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Every building manager/operator should determine their objectives for their office environment and whether they will include collaboration, communication, concentration and/or contemplation spaces.  Once they have a clear roadmap about how the space will be utilized, they should then focus on the technology solutions. One of the key attributes they should expect to get out of a good smart building strategy – more data.


An Ancient Game and the Future of Your Network’s Infrastructure

Posted by Gavin Milton-White on July 4, 2017

Chinese_Game_GoAfter a recent visit to China, we talked about the country’s future – the incredible population growth, where fishing villages are transforming into megacities, not to mention the relentless move towards self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles.  It’s easy to reflect on the nation’s technology revolution, given 1.3 billion people have mobile devices and almost everyone is using WeChat.  

However, I’m going to briefly reflect on cultural history.  I uncovered the 2,500 year-old Chinese game of Go, also known commonly in Asia as the “weiqi”, which is perhaps the most complex game ever developed. Players take turns placing stones on a board, trying to surround opponent's stones and capture more than 50 percent of the board. With 361 stones and 361 positions on the board, the number of possible moves during a game is 10 170, more than twice the number of atoms in the observable universe!


Why China Needs More Bandwidth for Singles on November 11

Posted by Gavin Milton-White on July 3, 2017

China_eCommerceMark this this date down in your calendar – November 11, 2017.  This is Singles’ Day, better known in China as “Double 11 Shopping Day,” and is the biggest e-commerce event in China, or rather for the world. Singles’ Day started as an obscure "anti-Valentine’s Day" celebration for singles in China back in the 1990s; however, it spawned into the world's biggest online shopping day as Alibaba spotted a commercial opportunity on Singles’ Day in 2009.

Last year, Alibaba smashed its Singles' Day shopping record by clocking growth of more than 32 percent. Taobao, the biggest online shopping marketplace in China, operated by Alibaba, recorded 1 billion RMB gross merchandise volume in a mere 52 seconds.  


What are Best Practices for 5G Fiber Deployments?

Posted by Wes Oxlee on June 30, 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.

We all know that 5G is coming and that means wireless networks need to lay the foundations for it. To better serve their subscribers, service providers are preparing for the 5G world by deploying more fiber.  

There are two steps that every service provider should follow when evolving their network: 

  • Oversize the fiber cables you deploy today to cater for your fiber needs of the future.
  • Utilize plug-and-play connectivity solutions to allow for simple and flexible connection of devices to your network.

In this vlog, I explain how fiber optic deployment methods have changed in technology and aid in the progression of 5G networks.


Fiber Crucial to Converged Network

Posted by Alexy Luecke on June 29, 2017

eBook_Think_FiberAs wireline and wireless networks continue to converge onto a single network, the demand for fiber will increase. An example of this is the demand for fiber-based backhaul and fronthaul in wireless networks in preparation for 5G. Fiber is moving deeper into broadband networks—to the home, the office space and the cell site. CommScope is committed to researching and building the fiber connectivity solutions that will power the world of information.

Our fiber experts share some of their insights into network convergence in our “Think Fiber” eBook. In it they share real-world examples and solutions to common operator challenges such as:  

  • Complicated infrastructures in data centers
  • The 24/7 demand put on in-building cellular networks
  • Maintaining speed and flexibility in FTTx deployments

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