2016_INTXOver the past few decades, hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks have evolved and adapted to meet the ever increasing appetites of the multiple-system operators’ (MSO) subscribers. From the earliest coaxial networks providing access to distant off-air television channels, service providers expanded RF bandwidth to accommodate varied content.

They introduced two-way systems to support high-speed data and telephony, incorporated fiber optics to improve network reach and service quality, and provided wireless Wi-Fi coverage (both in-home and at public hotspots) to further enhance access. Today, convergence of services is a fact of life, and the MSO community has been evolving to take advantage of it.

Over that same time, CommScope partnered with the MSO community at every step of the way. We’ve assisted service providers with the evolution of coaxial and RF connectivity technology. We also helped develop fiber-optic cabling and innovative solutions to combat powering challenges. Most recently, our acquisition of the Broadband Network Solutions (BNS) businesses from TE Connectivity expanded our fiber connectivity and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions.

Today, our expanded solutions portfolio includes wireless networks, and customers expect more from us. As converged service providers and operators, MSOs face challenges related to the speed and scalability of FTTH and HFC network deployment – including the availability of skilled labor, availability of power in passive areas, backhaul and integration of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and wireless access points, and the ever present need for quality and reliability. Over the next few months, I will be blogging on these challenges and some possible strategies in response.

If you can’t wait, then I invite you to come by the CommScope Booth #1620 at the Internet & Television Expo (INTX) in Boston, May 16-18, 2016 and speak with our experts. Come see how we are evolving to meet the needs of a new era of connectivity and convergence.

Today, when you Think Fiber, make sure you think CommScope.

About the Author

Mark Alrutz

Mark Alrutz is the senior director of service provider FAE for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for technical solution sales, applications engineering, pre- and post-sales technical support, and customer training. Mr. Alrutz received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master of science degree  in management from Georgia Tech. He has been an active SCTE member since 1996. He also participates on the SCTE Interface Practices Subcommittee and the Energy 2020 program. Mr. Alrutz holds numerous U.S. patents and has been published in several industry trade magazines.

 

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