Note: 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
Year of Innovation: 2014
If 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’
Fiber 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.
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.
There 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.
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.
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.
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.