Coaxial drop cable is the stuff of legend. Like other
legends, plenty of myths develop over time about the product, its preparation
and performance. I’m a huge fan of the show, “MythBusters,” so let’s bust a few
drop cable myths right here.
Google is leading the charge on “more profound workplace innovation,” according to a recent article in Design Week. The tech giant’s London office has put emphasis on collaboration and social interaction, including ‘design your own meeting rooms,” which are meant to address workplace space shortages and inflexibility.
Millennials are driving this change. Whether it’s connecting with family and friends, streaming content or completing work ‘on the go’, young people place a significant emphasis on connectivity. Companies are looking to Google as an example as they cater to today’s employee and tomorrow’s workplace.
There are so many articles and buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT)
these days – even our own blog. We recently posted one
about how IoT devices are only as good as the network on which they run. I agree, but also argue that IoT is only as good (or as useful) as the back-end tools
that help to crunch, distill and display all that data into a format that we can put to good use.
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.
Building a fiber network takes time; however, operators need to deploy their networks quickly to keep up with customers’ demands. When deploying fiber into your network, operators must consider using optical connectors. A factory assembled connector ensures that proper
cable preparation and connector application are guaranteed, removing that aspect of craft sensitivity.
In this vlog, I provide two important reasons why an optical fiber connector is important for a fiber network.
A small piece of metal could save the U.S. wireless industry up to $5 million. The metal is CommScope’s new SnapStak Plus cable hanger. The serious cost-savings come from the total amount of time saved during installation. Approximately five million cable hangers are installed in the U.S. annually, and the unique design of the SnapStak Plus saves about one minute of install time each. That’s about $5 million in total cost savings—all thanks to this small piece of metal. Plus, with the SnapStak Plus, operators will also no longer need to purchase, inventory and install grommets to adapt hangers to different cable diameters. The SnapStak Plus already accommodates different cable sizes. To see how easy they are to use, check out this video. If you have questions or want to learn more, leave me a comment.
This post is part of a blog series about the updated LTE Best Practices eBook, which is available for download from the CommScope website.
Data traffic in mobile networks continues to grow rapidly, with no signs of slowing down. Macro cells with LTE sectors generate multiple gigabits of traffic as they deliver streaming video and other high-data demand services. To keep pace with the demand for gigabits-per-second transmission capacity, mobile operators are increasingly using dedicated fiber connectivity to build their backhaul networks, and here’s why:
often that a group of competitors in the same industry get together. In one
particular case, though, it’s a collaboration for the common good. The Infrastructure Masons brings together technical
professionals from end users to consultants to vendors.
group meets periodically to use members’ combined experience to advance the
industry and plan for the future. The goals are to connect people, develop new
talent and give back. I’m honored to be part of the iMasons, and also the
Partner Advisory Council. We help steer the iMasons organization on its journey
to become a leading professional society.
As the world uses more digital “things,” network bandwidth is growing at such a pace that some industry analysts are calling this the fourth Industrial Revolution. That’s placing a mighty large demand on data centers around the world. Is yours ready?
CommScope can help get you there. Mark your calendars for an hour-long chat on Wednesday, May 17, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. A number of CommScope’s data center experts will be on Twitter to answer questions about all things speed, agility, adaptation and readiness related. Our subject matter experts range from people trained in overall network strategy to the nitty-gritty details about what data center solutions are needed. Use the hashtags #COMMTweets and #HSMComm to follow along.
If you know CommScope, then you know the name Frank Drendel.
If you’ve spoken with Frank, then you know he believes in one thing: “Nothing
sells like the truth.”
That has been Frank’s mantra since he founded CommScope more
than 40 years ago. It served him and the company well. It is his belief in
honesty that helped him grow CommScope from the
fledgling cable manufacturing company he founded in 1976 to a global
leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. CommScope now helps companies around the world
design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks.
are under constant change. Applications, as well as the IT equipment and
infrastructure that support them, are continuously evolving to better meet organizations’
business needs. Therefore, the initial design of data center becomes almost obsolete
the day after the installation and commissioning is completed.
definitely ways to make strides. In part
one of this series, we discussed benchmarking a data center’s efficiency to
reduce power usage effectiveness, or PUE. This is important when building or
redesigning a data center. Now it’s time to talk processing. Ask yourself: is
the data center mainly used for testing, production, internal processes,
networking or something else? What is the primary business supported by the
data center (e.g. financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, etc.)? What
level of resiliency is required to support this business? Efficiency is also
greatly affected if the data center operation’s scheme includes disaster recovery. All of these
questions help determine the next steps.