Wireless operators envision 5G will help them to serve multiple customers from a unified, flexible network. Network slicing, enabled by network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined network (SDN) technologies, is what will make this possible. Fully scalable, programmable and flexible networks are the future with 5G. Check out this video for more information.
This is the first post in a new blog series based on the updated LTE Best Practices eBook, which is available for download from the CommScope website.
I love bread – all kinds of bread from dark, dense sourdough rye to cloud-in-a-crust French rolls. Part of the pleasure comes from baking at home, allowing the mouth-watering aroma of a fresh-from-the-oven loaf to fill the house. And I get to decide exactly what goes into that loaf. As with many leisure pursuits, there is a risk of becoming too absorbed by the minutiae of the process, but I have a secret that helps me focus more on the result – I use a bread machine to produce several of my favorite varieties.
are accessing the Internet in various ways. In my previous
blog, I showcased three basic broadband technologies consumers are
using—DSL, satellite and wireless. Each have positives and negatives, but for
some of them, it depends on location and the operator’s reach.
In this blog, I will
provide you with the final three technology choices for deploying broadband
services to the end customer—G.fast, DOCSIS and optical fiber.
This blog post is part of our video blog series—Fiber Friday.
Our subject matter experts will provide you
with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry
Who hasn’t heard of the Internet of Things (IoT)? If you aren’t sure what it is, then I suggest reading my colleague, Mike Wolfe’s, terrific
CommScope Definition blog explaining this technology.
IoT continues to evolve; however, it will likely involve different network requirements based on different applications because of increased bandwidth consumption. An emerging market for mobile operators is Africa. To support the continent’s bandwidth
demands, mobile networks require a fixed-line fiber network.
In my latest vlog, I discuss how the penetration of smartphones in Africa is driving people to consume more bandwidth, requiring African operators to deploy more fiber in their networks.
When building or decorating our homes,
we want to make sure materials such as curtains, carpet or furniture fabrics
are safe. Checking the flammability of
those items is highly advisable, given that our loved ones’ safety is at stake.
However, we spend our time in other places too: the office, concert halls,
public buildings, schools and hospitals.
But how do we know all construction products have properly been
To address this, the European
regulators introduced the Construction Product Directive (CPD) to classify fire
safety in 1989, which later became the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) in 2011.
This blog is part of a
series highlighting current events, real-world examples of network convergence,
and industry trends demonstrating why consumer habits will drive more
integrated and efficient networks. Consumers expect quick and seamless
connections so they can access the information they need wherever and whenever
they need it to accomplish the things that matter most to them; therefore,
leading to the necessity of network convergence.
Many times, when people hear the term “Internet of Things (IoT),” they either have no clue what it is or
immediately think of the new Amazon commercials about the dad turning on his sprinkler
system to get rid of an unwanted guest or the mom accessing
information about poison oak symptoms.
Generally defined as connecting normal objects to the Internet to be able to
send and receive data, IoT is a relatively new concept, but is becoming vastly
more important to the lives of many consumers.
While most IoT topics focus on smart devices, many consumers
are more interested in how these devices can meet their specific needs—such as saving time, accessing important
information and creating more efficiency in their lives. As consumers
increasingly depend on IoT devices—even perhaps without realizing it—network
convergence plays an imperative role in helping operators meet consumer IoT
I bought myself a fancy
iced tea maker for Christmas. Two months later, I finally got around to taking
it out of the box. As I was digging through all of the paperwork and parts, I
found myself throwing away the instructions and warranty information without
even looking at it. After about 10 minutes, I pulled it back out of the trash,
curious as to what exactly was
covered by a limited one-year warranty. In general I never read or care about
warranties; they always sound like they’re written by lawyers, are extremely
specific, usually only cover manufacturer’s defects and take 10 calls to
customer service to find out that my purchase isn’t covered.
My iced tea machine’s warranty wasn’t really any
different. It guarantees that the machine works as stated, but wouldn’t it be
great if it guaranteed that it also made great tea? It would be something
special if there was a company that put their money where their mouth was and
not only covered the bare essentials (of course I expect my purchase to work),
but also guaranteed a quality
What will 5G really be like? The wireless industry has coalesced around three primary use cases for 5G: enhanced mobile broadband, the Internet of Things and ultra-low latency applications. 5G envisions super-fast data rates for each user, massive machine-to-machine communications in which billions of devices send short bursts of information to other systems, and futuristic applications like autonomous cars and augmented reality.
(Note: The following has
been submitted as a guest post to CommScope Blogs by Jennifer Sweeper, partner
marketing manager at Digital Realty. Opinions and comments provided in this
guest post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do
not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)
Buzz words. If you’re in the technology
business, you’ve heard them all, and you most likely have a love-hate
relationship with them. Internet of Things
(IOT), virtual reality, wearables and outsourcing – the list of these trending
topics could go on and on. But it’s when
you start talking about multi-tenant data centers (MTDC), I’ve found, that ears
in the room start to perk up. If you’re
a company that has servers that are sharing raised-floor space, power and
cooling with other “tenants”, then you’re in a multi-tenant data center. But how well are the benefits of that shared
space understood, and more so, how are the benefits of multi-tenancy truly being
taken advantage of?
organizations investing in ‘greening’ their data centers, efficiency and power usage effectiveness (PUE) will soon become
a major focus.
PUE measures how
efficiently a data center uses energy; especially when it comes to computing
equipment -- in contrast to cooling and other overhead infrastructure. It has become the industry’s
preferred metric for measuring data center infrastructure efficiency.
data center’s efficiency is the first step toward reducing power consumption and
related energy costs. This enables you to understand the current level of
efficiency in the data center. As you implement additional efficiency best
practices, it also helps you change the effectiveness of those efficiency