Mark 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.
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.
As 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
One 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
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
If 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.
We 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.
It 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.
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
Network 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
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.
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?
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.