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Top Promising Innovations – ION-E Unified Wireless Infrastructure

Posted by Van Hanson on February 23, 2017

Top Promising Innovation_Ion-eNote: Last year, we unveiled our top 40 innovations made by CommScope or one of its acquired companies. This recognition was part of our 40th anniversary celebration. We are proud of all our innovations—past and present. Now, we look to new innovations that we hope will become the essential building blocks for the networks of the future. In a series of blogs, we will introduce you to our Top Promising Innovations in the world of wireless and fiber optics. We believe these innovations have the potential to have significant impact on the industry, much like some of the others from our past. 

ION-E Unified Wireless Infrastructure

Definition: The ION-E platform is a unified wireless infrastructure that leverages Ethernet cabling and frequency-agnostic remote antenna units to deliver a future-proof, easily-installed solution to address in-building wireless coverage and capacity issues.

Year of Innovation: 2014

The Future is "Cities"

Posted by Kiran Katariya on February 22, 2017

Smart_cities_chartIf the latest trends of urbanization in India are believed, people will want to settle in a city atmosphere, even though they’ll be more crowded with higher levels of carbon emissions. The biggest reason for this is because there are more opportunities for human prosperity in and around cities.  

People have long been building up cities with the blend of craftsmanship and technology. But recently, we have been able to use software and devices to monitor and govern the city in real time. The Internet of Things leads to an increase in penetration of connectivity in urban surroundings, ranging from people’s homes and cars to garbage bins and LED lights in offices. 

Check out the narrowest 1400 MHz capable multiband antenna

Posted by Martin Zimmerman on February 21, 2017

Wireless network operators are acquiring new frequency bands to add to their networks in order to better support subscribers. New spectrum requires new cell site antennas that support the latest frequency bands. With Mobile World Congress 2017 coming soon, I want to give an update about the roll-out of new frequency bands in the wireless industry and how CommScope supports them with ultra-wideband antennas—including the narrowest 1400 MHz capable multiband antenna on the market today.

Traveling Wish List: In-flight Massage and More Coffee Creamer

Posted by Jessica Olstad on February 20, 2017

Airplane_LaptopI’m a lean traveler, especially if I’m flying. I wear clothes on the plane that I know I can wear again. I pack my over-the-shoulder purse. I wear slip-on shoes. I have every mini shampoo and lotion known to man. Less is more! But in the last six months as I started to travel much more for work, I began to think less about my physical comfort and more about my virtual comfort.

CNN recently aired a story about the future of airplane travel. And it’s all about wireless connectivity. We have Wi-Fi on most flights now, and you can go paperless with your boarding pass. But there’s so much more beyond that: services in-flight that you use with your cell phone (80 percent of people have some kind of device with them anyway), virtual reality, and my favorite … the sleeping pods with built-in light and noise preferences. 

Stop Outside Disturbances in Your Network Today

Posted by Daniel Daems on February 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. 

Here is a tip—you need a stable network. You do not need anything from the outside disturbing your signal. Remember the days when you turned on your television and you didn’t get a good signal because of the weather? You didn’t like it then, and subscribers expect better service from their service operators today.

In this video blog, I explain how proper cable management can maintain your network and transmission stability, thus ensuring your customers’ satisfaction.


There’s No Limit to What Fiber Can Do

Posted by James Donovan on February 16, 2017

Blue_FiberFiber optics was invented in the 1970s and its potential to revolutionize telecommunications was recognized early. Its initial applications were in long distance networks such as international submarine cable, national and regional backbones.  

Gradually as costs came down, fiber moved into metro and access networks, data centers, IT server rooms and office cabling. Fiber is also used to backhaul other access networks. For the multiple system operator market, fiber is being deployed in three types of networks: HFC, PON and FTTx.

Five Consumer Trends Driving Network Convergence in 2017

Posted by Jessica Epley on February 15, 2017

As we dive into 2017, one thing is certain: Consumers will undoubtedly benefit from greater network convergence. While this subject most likely didn’t make most people’s New Year’s resolutions or annual bucket lists, consumer behavior and digital usage are already pushing network operators and managers to enhance network infrastructure to provide more reliable and efficient digital services. 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.

Throughout this year, our blog series will highlight current events, real-world examples of network convergence, and industry trends demonstrating why consumer habits will drive more integrated and efficient networks. The topics below are just a few of the reasons network convergence will continue to be an important topic for operators.

The Physical Layer at NATE UNITE

Posted by Dale Heath on February 14, 2017

NATE-road-show-compressedThere are seven layers to a communications networks according to the Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model). The layers include everything from the physical cabling, networking equipment and computer devices to software programs, programming languages and graphic user-interfaces.

From my perspective, the NATE UNITE 2017 show in Fort Worth, Texas, from February 27–March 2, is all about layer one—the physical layer. This wireless industry show is the premier event of the year for the tower erection, service and maintenance industry to come see the latest and greatest products. CommScope has plenty of new innovations for the cell site, and we are bringing a whole trailer full of them to NATE UNITE.

And I literally mean a trailer full.

Europe Turns to Fibre for Tomorrow’s Bandwidth Demands

Posted by Pat Thompson on February 13, 2017

High speed fibre broadband and cellular connectivity supports economic growth and an improved quality of life for everyone. And this should be available across all parts of Europe – no matter how rural or hard-to-reach.

The good news is governments across the region are encouraging investment in high capacity networks.  They see fibre as the infrastructure of the 21st century and according to a recent global survey, 71 percent of respondents expect to transition the majority of their network to FTTH by 2025.  As the worlds of fixed and wireless networks appear to collide, CommScope is helping operators make sense of network convergence.  For those attending the FTTH Conference Marseilles 2017, they can learn more about innovations from CommScope’s experts at stand P4, or during one of the following workshops and presentations.  

  • Deployment strategies for rural and lower density FTTH networks
  • Next PON generation in a co-existing virtualised environment
  • Fibre as the enabler of very high capacity networks & 5G  

Check out my video preview of what you can expect at the conference. 

Three Fundamental Strategies for Achieving 5G

Posted by Kevin Linehan on February 10, 2017

CommScope believes there are three fundamental strategies for achieving the 5G vision: densification, virtualization and optimization.  Network operators will need more cell sites, more backhaul and more fiber for 5G. Wireless networks are going to become more like data centers in the core and RAN to increase agility. The efficient use of spectrum and new technologies are also key. I explain more in this short video. Check out our Mobile World Congress 2017 website for some of the technologies that will lay the foundation. 

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