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Posted by Vincent Garnier on May 18, 2017

Migration PathI was recently in a meeting with colleagues when we started reviewing schedules. Someone said they’d be “out of pocket” for a few days and immediately received a look of pity from my co-worker in China. What was meant as “unavailable” became “broke.” She was ready to hand over a wad of cash! We got a laugh out of it, but it taught us all a lesson that every-day sayings and phrases can have very different cultural meanings.

Now imagine you’re a growing global multiple-system operator (MSO), rapidly expanding your subscriber base in additional countries. The network architectures and even standards practices vary drastically around the globe. How would this organization be efficient, yet comply with all the different regulations?


5G Millimeter Wave = 1 Gigabit x 20

Posted by Kevin Linehan on May 17, 2017

This post summarizes some of the content from the author’s “Usage of Millimeter Wave Frequencies for 5G Systems” presentation during the Antenna Evolution Focus Day at 5G North America in Austin, Texas.

The 4G throughput target of 1 Gbps is now being approached through the use of carrier aggregation and MIMO antenna technologies. For 5G, the new target is 10 or 20 times greater. To reach a throughput speed of 20 Gbps, larger channel bandwidths are required, and this means using millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the extremely high frequency range above 6 GHz. In the US, the FCC is making mmWave spectrum available at 28 GHz and 39 GHz. At these higher frequencies, operators could see 400 MHz, 800 MHz, or up to 1 GHz of additional bandwidth for their networks. For comparison, the typical operator today has just over a 100 MHz of aggregate channel bandwidth in their network.
 


What Does High Speed Migration Mean to You?

Posted by Kenneth Hall on May 16, 2017

Twitter_Chat_HSMIt’s a big day for us at CommScope. We’re launching our High Speed Migration platform. Yes, there are new solutions. Yes, there are improvements on other solutions. Yes, we’re making a big deal out of it. But here’s the thing: we HAVE to. Because evolving networks won’t wait. Efficient speed is everything! 

What does High Speed Migration mean to us? It means working with our customers to ensure their networks are ready for 100Gb. 400 Gb. 1 Tb. It may be hard to imagine right now, but studies say it’ll be here in another five years.


Cell Site Stories: Interference mitigation filters for the CALA low-band spectrum mix

Posted by Cesar Calderon on May 15, 2017

Every stakeholder in the wireless market recognizes that spectrum is a valuable asset. The governments that regulate it and the mobile operators who use it are interested in getting the most out of spectrum holdings. The Caribbean and Latin American (CALA) telecom industries have followed the European and North American markets in deploying sub-1 GHz band frequencies for mobile services. CommScope is successfully helping CALA network operators mitigate potential interference related to these frequency bands.

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Mythbusting Coaxial Drop Cable

Posted by Mark Alrutz on May 12, 2017

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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:


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