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Detangling a Cable Mess

Posted by Dave Tanis on April 3, 2017

Imagine you just bought a reading lamp for your home office. Instead of simply plugging it into a wall outlet, your only option is to run a power cord all the way down to the basement to connect it to the fuse box. If you decide to move the light into one of the bedrooms, you have to move it AND re-route the long power cord as well.  Worse yet, if you want to use a different lamp from a different manufacturer, you need to run a different power cord down to the basement. Sounds annoying, right?

This example describes the data cabling world prior to the invention of structured cabling. Data cabling was point-to-point and vendor-specific, and the concept of fixed or horizontal cabling did not exist.  Changing IT equipment vendors often meant having to replace the cabling as well.

Stop Unlimited Bends in Your Fiber Network Today

Posted by Daniel Daems on March 31, 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.

The introduction of bend insensitive fibers made the fiber-to-the-home network stand up and take notice. These fibers eliminated a lot of optical concerns; however, mechanical reliability and stability must still be maintained. So, how do you make your fiber network more stable

In this blog, I explain how too many sharp bends for an extended period of time can cause interference to your network’s stability. 

OM5 Fiber Gains Additional Momentum Within Industry

Posted by Matias Peluffo on March 30, 2017

OM5_LazrSPEEDThe momentum behind the new OM5 wideband multimode fiber type in buildings and data centers recently received several significant boosts. 

The Shortwave Wavelength Division Multi-Source Agreement Group (SWDM MSA) announced on March 16 the formation of an industry consortium to define optical specifications and promote adoption of shortwave WDM standards for use in data center and enterprise campus applications using duplex multimode fiber. The group also announced publications of its first two standards that define optical specifications for four-wavelength SWDM to transmit 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet signals (“40 GE SWDM4” and “100 GE SWDM4”, respectively).

What Makes a Stadium a Unique and Agile Experience in the Digital Age?

Posted by Ramses González on March 29, 2017

BBVA Bancomer StadiumToday, we have a need to be connected at all times. We demand speed, efficiency and connection. We expect every place we go to have the network infrastructure that enables connectivity and a unique, dynamic, efficient experience. This requirement is nothing new to the entertainment industry, especially for large venues and sports stadiums

Such is the case at the BBVA Bancomer Stadium, home to the Rayados de la Liga MX team in Monterrey, Mexico. In addition to providing fun to all fans, the stadium wanted to ensure quality network connectivity that would be flawless. With the deployment of innovative CommScope solutions (imVision, TeraSPEED and GigaSPEED X10), the stadium will be ready to support new wireless experiences that the club and its affiliates wish to share with their fans.  Stadium visitors can be sure that their BBVA Bancomer Stadium experience will be unforgettable with broad cellular coverage and efficient data transmission for sharing photos, streaming videos and interacting with mobile applications on their smartphones.

What is 5G?

Posted by Morgan Kurk on March 24, 2017

5G is slowly transitioning from an industry vision to a tangible, next-generation mobile technology.  Some network operators have already announced 5G trials and pre-standard deployments of 5G technology. But what is 5G? Our fundamental viewpoint is that 5G will be a “network of networks”—a convergence of wireline and wireless with deep fiber penetration in both to support the variety of 5G use cases. Here’s more about what a 5G network will entail.

Beyond Products and Solutions

Posted by Sylvio Peres on March 23, 2017
MWC17--compressedDuring CommScope’s participation in Mobile World Congress 2017, I was proud to observe a much greater presence on the part of our Latin American clients, and to see more and more people from our region at the event. Having a larger presence at this, the largest trade show for wireless communications worldwide, even with it being on a different continent, speaks of the great cultural synergy that has arisen in the industry. For me, this represents an important advance for both the Latin American region and the telecommunications industry.

Four Questions for a Potential Cloud Partner

Posted by Anthony Haupt on March 20, 2017


Operators’ needs in the cloud data center are constantly evolving. They spend a lot of time articulating what they want, evaluating partners and managing build cycles. But as busy people, where do you start, and how do you know you’re asking the right questions? Here are four to ask when talking with a potential manufacturing partner in the cloud infrastructure space.

Bandwidth Gains Will Benefit All of Africa

Posted by Pape Ndaw on March 17, 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.

There is no doubt that bandwidth can benefit everyone. Today, you can advance your education, buy anything you want or stay in contact with friends and family around the world. 

As I stated in my last vlog, Africa is an emerging market for telecoms; however, it faces challenges. Even with challenges, there is huge potential for the more than one billion people living there.  

In my latest vlog, I discuss the benefits to be gained in e-healthcare, agriculture and the spread of African culture by deploying high-speed networks on the continent.

Impatience Drives Data Centre Design in Europe

Posted by Bryn Jones on March 15, 2017

I remember watching people traipse across the city like zombies when Pokemon Go was launched in 2016.  Eyes glued to their screens, Londoners couldn’t wait to catch the next candy, stardust and lucky eggs.  The demand for mobile data was 50 times more than initially predicted, according to Data Centre Dynamics.

This phenomenon was yet another wakeup call for our customers and organisations across Europe.   They need to get up to speed quickly, especially when appealing to younger age-groups, who impatiently demand the latest technology at their fingertips at all times.

To deliver these expectations, organisations are reviewing all aspects of their IT infrastructure, including on-premise, colocation and cloud solutions.  Changes in architecture will have profound implications on data centre networking and design.  Check out my video to uncover trends in Europe and pop by our stand G32 at Data Centre World 2017 in London to see how CommScope can help.

Reflections from Mobile World Congress 2017

Posted by Bill Walter on March 14, 2017

In this video interview with RCR Wireless News from Mobile World Congress 2017, Philip Sorrells reflects on how the ideas of densification, virtualization and optimization came to life during the week. He talks about CommScope's role in the evolution of virtualization and fiber connectivity for 5G, and how CommScope helps solve the challenges of power, backhaul, and site acquisition.

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