Raise your hand if you’ve used a fax machine in the last week. Or dial-up Internet. Or a land line at home. I’m guessing you haven’t used any of these things in a long time. All of them had their moments in the sun, and all were innovations in their time. But with a networking world that is becoming more converged, change happens fast, and there’s so much yet to look forward to…
The ironic thing is that as the world becomes more wireless, the more fiber networks are needed. It becomes essential to merge wireless and fixed networks. But is your network ready? Can you keep up with demand?
you haven’t heard, seen or played with a fidget spinner by now
then you must be living on another planet.
so interesting about this phenomenon is that the origins are sketchy with
stories of it being invented for ADHD, or to entertain a child and promote
peace, or by a guy who was restless in IT meetings.
that at this point there isn’t a patent on file for this device. And because
there isn’t a patent, there are variations of the fidget spinner on the market
and even videos on how to create your own using everything from a bearing and zip ties to Legos. Imagine inventing
a toy that causes such a stir that some schools have banned them!
April to June is a
critical time for many families in India with people taking exams, getting
results, and planning a vacation. For each of these important activities, the
network is somehow involved.
First, this is the time of
the year when students across the country prepare and appear for high school
exams. These exams decide their future academic direction. The network plays a
vital role in helping students prepare through distance education, online
videos, virtual classrooms, etc., for which there are many resources and
Just to give a number perspective,
in one Indian state there were over a million students who wrote Central Board of Secondary Education papers
online. And across the country, 1.1 million students wrote entrance education papers online for the field of medicine, which
is 41 percent higher than last year.
Ever had a great coach that tried to look out for you off
the field as much -- if not more -- as on?
Someone that focused on you versus the position on the field, on the
track or on the court. It’s kind of how we think of ourselves with our new MTDC
Our Alliance – part of our exclusive PartnerPRO Network
– helps customers transition from their own enterprise to a multi-tenant data
center (MTDC). There are thousands of MTDC in the world, some of which we think
are the cream of the crop. We’re happy to have Equinix as the first partner to sign on with the Alliance.
We’ve all heard the three key elements in real estate
value are location, location, location. It is fascinating how similar or
identical structures, built with similar materials, can vary in value based
simply on where the structures are placed. And why is one location more
valuable or desirable? Some factors are convenience to desired resources, ease
of access, limited availability or a combination of security and stability.
Let’s take this same concept into the central office/headend,
a location that has immense value. Clearly the headend and hub provide
convenience to desired resources, and have limited space availability. Additionally,
the demands for services and connectivity in this costly space continue to
grow. How can you best provide flexibility for growth in this space-constrained
Our CommScope team attends FTTH Connect every year. And every
year it opens our eyes to what is on the horizon for all things FTTx. I know
from our perspective, we just see subscriptions continue to grow, especially
when it comes to fiber.
This year our big theme is convergence…bringing together
wireless and wireline teams to better serve the communities where we live, work
and play. Again, fiber is at the forefront. In fact, we’re talking about the
path to 5G with fiber at the show. My
colleague, Erik Gronvall, is speaking on a panel
that talks about prep going into the 5G revolution. Fritz Amt is also talking
fiber when it comes to rural broadband.
And our booth will be chock full of our rapid fiber solutions, wall boxes, NG4
and our hardened drop cables.
The first step towards a solution, as they say, is
recognizing there’s a problem. For one utility company in Europe, the problem
was not the existing network. In fact, team members were smart enough to see a possibility
for future growth by adding to that network. But the challenge was how to do
This electrical utility already had a lot going for it.
It had an extensive grid, rights of way, experience in outside plant
deployments and a fiber backbone to lease fiber services. But FTTH, or fiber to
the home, was new to the team. It wanted to build an open-access FTTH
infrastructure and lease it to partners, but it had no idea who to turn to or
how much it would cost.
Obviously building FTTH on top of an electrical grid has
unique challenges. The team didn’t want to disrupt service, and safety was
imperative working so close to high-voltage equipment. The costs really started
to add up when the team realized some of the grid maps were out of date. And
the varying weather – frost one day, sun the next – didn’t help either.
Technologies evolve so fast that it’s
sometimes hard for the standards to keep pace with the latest performance and
bandwidth benchmarks. It’s even harder for a data center manager to stay
current with these fast-changing application standards.
CommScope plays a big role in pushing
the limits of speed and capacity, so we thought it would only be fair to share
the latest data center application standards in the new white paper, titled “Data Center Applications Standards Reference
Guide for Networking and Storage.”
It’s a useful roadmap that puts all
the relevant standards in one place – for copper and fiber networks running
applications from Ethernet to Fiber Channel to InfiniBand. A lot of these
standards have been updated recently so this white paper is a worthwhile read
for anyone responsible for delivering speed and capacity across applications in
the data center and across the network infrastructure.
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.
If you maintain things properly, then they will last for a long time. Let’s take a car—if you do the routine oil change and maintenance, then the chances of your car breaking down are minimal.
Same concept applies to fiber connectors. If not taken care of, then the quality of your fiber connectors can affect your network. Like taking care of your car, you do not want engine build up obstructing your fuel line. So, in your network, you do not want optical signal degradation. The light must pass freely
from one connector to another.
In this vlog, I explain why high quality connectors should have good polish and loss characteristics.
We’re all about innovation here at CommScope. It’s one of our core values. We’re happy to compile everything inventive and unique into one neat digital package. And it’ll be coming next week at
www.commscope.com/magazine. Check out my preview below!