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Innovation Makes Networks the Unsung Hero of Today’s Connected Society

Posted by Rick Aspan on January 16, 2017

40-yearsRegular readers will have noticed a theme in this space over the last several weeks.  Let’s call it an “Ode to Innovation.”  The 40th anniversary of CommScope’s founding was an ideal time to highlight some of the creative, groundbreaking and industry-changing technologies and solutions that the company has spawned over the past four decades. To do that, we solicited suggestions from our employees in efforts to compile a list of the Top 40 innovations that have come from CommScope or one of its acquired companies over the past 40 years.

It wasn’t easy, but it sure as heck was rewarding. Personally, despite my many years in this business, it taught me a lot about the company and the industry as a whole. It also was inspiring to hear and read the passion and pride that was shared by so many engineers and technicians in telling their stories. It also reminded me of the vast importance of what we and others in the industry do on a daily basis to create the connected society of which we all are part.


What to Expect from MSOs in 2017

Posted by Mark Alrutz on January 12, 2017

ManInSuit_ConnectivityIf you are a subscriber to broadband cable services, it is likely that your subscription is dramatically different than it was years ago. The basic cable TV of yesteryear has significantly evolved because of the many new and emerging services offered today over cable, including: 

  • Broadcast and Cloud-based Video
  • High-speed internet
  • Over-the-top (OTT) services
  • Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

Broadband cable providers are also known as multiple system operators (MSOs) because of the multiple local systems they operate. MSOs and individual operators continue to provide content to residential subscribers, but have also branched out and enhanced their data delivery networks to support different customers. So, what does the future hold for MSOs? They understand and recognize new potential revenue streams and will continue to keep customers (residential and business) connected with an ever-evolving hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) network.


2017 Trends in the Enterprise

Posted by Ed Solis on January 11, 2017

Data_Center_BrandfolderWith changes and uncertainty in the global landscape – Brexit, President-elect Donald Trump, country leaders resigning – 2017 could be the year of massive change as businesses loosen their purse strings and invest, or organizations reduce spending while waiting to gauge the impact of changes. Even with these two different scenarios, we see a few trends for the coming year in business enterprise network infrastructure.


2017 Trends for Telecom: 5G, Net Neutrality and Emerging Markets

Posted by Jaxon Lang on January 10, 2017
Net Neutraility

As we look into 2017, CommScope is positioned to offer insight into several trends we see coming to light. The industry will be preparing for 5G, and we’ll see the issue of net neutrality come to the forefront as several governments around the world welcome new leaders. We also envision more activity in emerging markets as even more attention is paid to rural areas. 


Cellular Networks in 2017: More of the Same in the Midst of Change

Posted by Ben Cardwell on January 9, 2017

2017-wirelessThe trends that defined the wireless network industry in 2016 are all still in play in 2017. While that might sound like more of the same, it can also be thought of as a prelude to 5G. Now is the time when mobile network operators (MNOs) are laying the groundwork for the future while monetizing and managing their investments from the past. The trends of densification, virtualization and optimization are how they will do so.

Densification

The general shift in the wireless industry is from cell towers to street poles, from large-sized structures to miniaturized equipment. Densification means adding more sites where users congregate—on city streets and inside large buildings. Metro cell deployments continue to attract a lot of attention. The question is when will there be a major uptick. I expect to see a significant increase for these kinds of deployments in 2017.


Setting the Standards for Connected and Efficient Buildings

Posted by Richard Mei on January 6, 2017

Standards--compressedThis blog post is part of a series about intelligent buildings based on content from the CommScope Connected and Efficient Buildings e-book.

In the telecom, intelligent building and cabling industries, standards development organizations demonstrate considerable cooperation by providing viable solutions for growing communication needs. There are always numerous new and updated standards in development.  For example, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recently published the first international standard for Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM).

CommScope is very active in standards organizations and currently has employees chairing committees, providing technical expertise and helping progress standards to successful publication and deployment. Several CommScope associates have even been recognized with awards for their service to the IEC, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). It is important for our customers that we stay on the cutting-edge of network technology evolution.


Top 10 CommScope Innovations: Structured Cabling Systems

Posted by Gary Irwin on January 5, 2017
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Note: we have been revealing in recent blog posts the top 40 innovations made by CommScope (or one of its acquired companies) as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. We continue today by revealing an innovation from the final grouping of innovations—the top 10—which are being announced in alphabetical order. These are our all-time greatest product and technology innovations. You can also review the complete list of innovations we’ve revealed so far and read more about the overall program and selection process in this November 4 post.

 


Top 10 CommScope Innovations: Single-circuit/Single-element Fiber Management Systems

Posted by Daniel Daems on January 4, 2017
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Note: we have been revealing in recent blog posts the top 40 innovations made by CommScope (or one of its acquired companies) as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. We continue today by revealing an innovation from the final grouping of innovations—the top 10—which are being announced in alphabetical order. These are our all-time greatest product and technology innovations. You can also review the complete list of innovations we’ve revealed so far and read more about the overall program and selection process in this November 4 post.

 


Top 10 CommScope Innovations: P3 Design and Process for Coaxial Cable

Posted by Rob Wessels on January 3, 2017
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Note: we have been revealing in recent blog posts the top 40 innovations made by CommScope (or one of its acquired companies) as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. We continue today by revealing an innovation from the final grouping of innovations—the top 10—which are being announced in alphabetical order. These are our all-time greatest product and technology innovations. You can also review the complete list of innovations we’ve revealed so far and read more about the overall program and selection process in this November 4 post.


A Look Back at 2016: The Future of Multimode Has a Name – OM5

Posted by Matias Peluffo on December 30, 2016

New_WBMMF_yellowEditor’s Note: As we say good-bye to 2016, we look back at some of our most shared blogs of the year. We covered a wide range of network infrastructure topics, and we hope you enjoy revisiting some of these popular posts. This blog first appeared on October 13, 2016. 

A hot-off-the presses update to my blog from May regarding standards for the new WideBand Multimode Fiber (WBMMF) specifications:

In an international standards ballot that closed on October 5, OM5 was chosen by an overwhelming majority of nations as the official designation for cabling containing WideBand Multimode Fiber in the upcoming 3rd edition of the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission standards, or ISO/IEC 11801. This is an important milestone in standards progress and for market acceptance of this new and revolutionary fiber cabling performance category. It extends the benefits of multimode fiber within connected and efficient buildings and within data centers worldwide.


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