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5G and the User Experience

Posted by Morgan Kurk on April 7, 2017

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.

Benefits of a Multi-Tenant Data Center

Posted by Jennifer Sweeper on April 6, 2017

MTDC(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?  

The Road to Green Data Centers: Part 1

Posted by Victor Lopes on April 5, 2017

Green Data Center Part 1With 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.

Benchmarking your 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 efforts.

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.

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