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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

Connectivity Jealousy

Posted by Adam Alexander on June 28, 2017

Connectivity_Young_manOne of the things I enjoy most about working at CommScope is interacting with smart people who are among the best in the world at what they do. I’ve learned a lot about cutting edge antennas, the difference between fiber backhaul and microwave backhaul, as well as latency, PIM and other issues that dictate a user’s experience.  However, I was reminded that despite all I’ve learned working at CommScope, I remain a mere consumer of wireless services -- especially at the mercy of a service provider’s infrastructure decisions and local investments.  

Let me explain. I was with my family on a Spring Break ski trip in an unnamed town in the Rockies.  I was there the previous summer and experienced very few wireless connectivity challenges in the area. But, I was surprised when it quickly changed during this spring break visit.  I was frequently confronted with the dreaded “No Service” message.  Occasionally, one of the five dots on the iPhone signal strength indicator would appear. That was usually sufficient for a phone call to go through -- if I stood still.   The signal was stronger inside the town’s business district, but not in the greater area where most locals lived and tourists stayed.


What Does It Take To Build An Edge Data Center?

Posted by Craig Culwell on June 26, 2017

Data_Center_NetworkIf you're a service provider who's considering setting up an edge data center environment within your central office, you might be surprised at its complexity. Like most projects involving sensitive electronic equipment, an edge data center requires a lot of preparation and planning to ensure its success.

The first consideration is where you plan on locating your edge data center. Since edge cloud computing equipment is delicate and expensive, it should be isolated in an environment that features reliable heating, cooling and humidity control. In addition, the environment should also have extra security precautions, a firewall and, ideally, inert gas fire-suppression system. 

 


The wireless market in CALA is heading indoors

Posted by Luciano Adami on June 25, 2017

CALA-IBWWe spend much of our time inside buildings—whether in offices, schools, homes or entertainment centers. We expect to be connected wirelessly always. But often, the connection is poor or intermittent when we are indoors. This can be a real problem for network operators trying to ensure a high quality of service for customers.

I recently met with many wireless service providers from the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region. Currently, most of these operators use outdoor infrastructure as their first approach to try and solve their indoor connectivity problems. Although there are a few examples of places with indoor wireless solutions—mostly stadiums and high traffic locations—many these have been done with passive solutions. CALA is not quite at the tipping point for wide-scale, dedicated, active indoor wireless solutions…but it will be.


Great Strides in Service Provider Roles

Posted by Jerson Calderon on June 23, 2017

Connectivity_highwayIt is all about connectivity. A new mobile generation is showing us a trend that occurs about every 10 years. It started around 1981 with the first move from 1G up to 2012 with 4G. Just look at these strides:  

  • 2G – The era of moving from analog to digital, giving an advantage of digital phone calls free of static and background noise.
  • 3G – Wireless voice telephony, mobile Internet access, fixed wireless Internet access, video calls and the first foray into mobile TV. Then, for the first time, advanced wireless technologies such as MIMO opened the door to advanced 4G.
  • 4G – This becomes the era of gaming services, high definition mobile TV, conferencing between locations. People start shifting to smart phones, and traditional voice calls are replaced by IP telephony due a packet-switched network technology.
  • 5G - While 5G predecessors have specific advantages and disadvantages, each step in this evolution requires, at some point, bandwidth, performance, security and continuity of communication. Remote surgeries, drones and public safety applications are examples of 5G requirements of low latency and high reliability.

Top Five Features of the New CommScope.com

Posted by Keri Becker on June 22, 2017

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Our goal is to consistently deliver an excellent user experience on commscope.com.  The web is a living thing, and to respond to our customers’ changing needs, we constantly review user behavior and make ongoing improvements. Our Digital Marketing and IT teams work closely to drive these efforts.  

Get a load of these numbers from Joanna Ofiara, manager of web productivity solutions. Our website has 85,000 parts and tens of thousands of pages and assets. That’s a lot to update! 


NFV and SDN are Forcing Big Changes in the Central Office

Posted by Hans-Jürgen Niethammer on June 21, 2017

Traffic_Control_SDNNetwork functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) are two linked technologies that have the potential to boost network capacity, improve customer service and enhance network profitability. They do this through increased automation and efficiency, each at its own infrastructure layer.  

It’s no wonder that they’re such an important topic among wireless operators, original equipment manufacturers, system integrators, third-party software developers, standards bodies and open source initiatives. There’s a lot of interest.  

But as the world’s networks move to a more virtualized, edge-based delivery model, what happens to the central offices? The short answer is that it’s forcing the rapid development of a new architectural approach characterized by two related trends. First, the use of small data centers (sometimes called “pods”) in strategic edge locations; and second, the adoption of higher-performance fiber-optic infrastructure to connect them. The end game is a network so deeply virtualized that the distinction between wired and wireless networks will no longer apply.


The Trend is Towards Multi-Tenant Data Centers

Posted by Dave Tanis on June 19, 2017

MTDC_3_white data centerIf you didn’t hear the news, CommScope announced last week the formation of a Multi-Tenant Data Center (MTDC) alliance. You may ask why is this important?

It’s simple: the amount of data we consume daily and the continued outsourcing of data centers is increasing the need for MTDCs. A shift has taken place where companies are increasingly outsourcing IT needs to shared environments such that data centers can be viewed as an operating expense.

MTDCs are a smart way to grow the capabilities of your colocation IT infrastructure and control costs at the same time. The formation of the MTDC Alliance as part of the PartnerPRO Network is crticial because members will be able to offer optimal network infrastructure solutions from CommScope to customers who need to deploy this technology in multi-tenant environments.


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