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Mythbusting Coaxial Drop Cable

Posted by Mark Alrutz on May 12, 2017


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.


Delivering Superior Customer Service in Europe

Posted by Koen ter Linde on May 9, 2017

Woman-data-center-imageGoogle 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.

Distilling the Internet of Things

Posted by LeaAnn Carl on May 8, 2017
imVision-graphic-compThere 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.

Why are Optical Connectors Important in a Fiber Network?

Posted by David De Craemer on May 5, 2017

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.


How the U.S. Wireless Industry Could Save $5 Million

Posted by Chris Stockman on May 4, 2017

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.

Explosive Mobile Data Growth Makes Fiber a Strong Backhaul Solution

Posted by Wes Oxlee on May 3, 2017

WDM-video-captureThis 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:

Competitors Working Together

Posted by John Schmidt on May 2, 2017

Infrastructure Masons LogoIt’s not 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.

The 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. 

The Need for Speed…on Twitter

Posted by Kam Patel on May 1, 2017

2017_HSM_TwitterChatAs 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. 

Frank Drendel: Commitment to Ethics in Business

Posted by Joseph P. Depa III on April 28, 2017

Drendel_Cable_Center_Bresnan_AwardIf 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.

The Road to Green Data Centers: Part 2

Posted by Victor Lopes on April 27, 2017

Data centers 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.

There are 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.

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