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Single Pair Ethernet Will Connect IoT Devices

Posted by Masood Shariff on July 27, 2017

Single-Pair-Ethernet-compWhen a new copper or fiber cabling technology is developed, it’s only natural to assume it was designed to carry higher speeds in support of the seemingly endless need for more bandwidth. While that is usually a safe assumption, there are instances where new media types are developed to provide more cost-effective transport for lower speed applications.

Such is the case with the activities around single pair Ethernet applications standards. This is certainly not a new topic, as this technology has been standardized and is in use in the automotive industry and in several industrial applications.


Are You a Mason?

Posted by Mark Monroe on July 26, 2017

Digital_Infrastructure(Note: The following has been submitted as a guest post to CommScope Blogs by Mark Monroe, executive director of the Infrastructure Masons. Opinions and comments provided in this guest post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)

A colleague told me last week that his kids weren’t interested in data centers and fiber network intricacies. “As long as this works, I couldn’t care less,” said one teenager, holding up his cell phone. That’s the attitude we’ve developed about electricity, clean water, air or car transportation, shipment logistics, even food supplies and public safety. These services are so common they’re considered utilities, and we rarely think about them. A massive construction effort is underway: the digital infrastructure project is as important as the foundation of a house, yet most people don’t know it’s there.

Foundations are critical in any industry. The original masons were builders, skilled tradesmen who guided their craft, networked, trained others, and exchanged knowledge and techniques to help improve the trade. The institutions that stood on the foundations built by the masons conducted the business, entertainment, culture, economics, and information exchange that have driven human advancement and prosperity for the last thousand years.


What is the Future of Rural Broadband?

Posted by Chad Engel on July 25, 2017

Fiber_Indexing_BeehiveIt’s no secret that rural fiber deployment has always been tough. It’s the age-old equation: not a lot of people=higher cost to connect. There is no question that demand is there; however, what’s a carrier to do?

For one, they need to be willing to invest in the time and money it takes to deliver the services. The “big guys” usually have both, but don’t want to take the leap because the return on investment is not there. That means the smaller telecommunications companies that normally can’t compete with the larger ones now have an opportunity to swoop in and save the day.


Optimizing Networks for Capacity: A Planning Guide

Posted by Mohamed Nadder Hamdy on July 23, 2017

Hamdy-1-blogThink about all the challenges capacity planners must face when it comes to forecasting and planning for efficient mobile networks. Over-dimensioning with too much network capacity is unforgivably wasted cash—while under-dimensioning is a catastrophic revenue loss!

As per the Shannon-Hartley theory, capacity dimensioning is a three-dimensional model. One should address the densification, efficiency and spectrum domains simultaneously to deliver a complete and optimized solution.  


How Businesses Use the Internet of Things to Meet Consumer Demand

Posted by Jessica Epley on July 21, 2017

SkylineWhile researching for my blog on consumer interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), I came across numerous statistics and examples highlighting increased industry investment in smart devices. For example, Accenture estimates that by 2020 corporations will invest a total of $500 billion per year in IoT technology. So, as consumers crave IoT technology to save time, quickly access information and enhance efficiency, corporate enterprises are becoming more and more interested in IoT. They want to exceed consumer expectations by quickly and efficiently providing products, services and positive customer experiences—with real-time access to insightful consumer data.


Outside World Brutal to Electrical Devices

Posted by Ryan Chappell on July 20, 2017

2_camera_setupOne of the great things about my job is that I get to visit with customers and see how they solve problems. People are so creative! When faced with difficult challenges, tight budgets and short timelines, human beings are marvelous problem solvers. But even genius quick-fixes don’t always produce the most reliable long-term solutions to difficult engineering challenges like deploying network devices in outdoor environments. The outside world, which can include weather, interference or poor design, can truly be brutal on electronics devices. 

Case in point: recently a major university in the U.S. called CommScope to help with a network of security cameras in a section of campus causing almost daily problems. When we arrived, 10 of the 38 cameras were down, and the customer had been trying for a week to bring them back up with no success. They told us that was common, and it made the system almost unusable for the police department who needed these cameras to work.


Building systems will soon run on the IT network, but who will own them?

Posted by Ed Solis on July 19, 2017

We all want to be connected. At home and at work. The ability to access content whenever we want and wherever we are is the new expectation. But as we connect more Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the network, the challenges increase.

One of the questions that is still unanswered is, “Who owns the network in the building?” According to a survey conducted by CommScope on in-building wireless, although 87 percent of building professionals say that it is imperative to have coverage in-building, 37 percent say network operators should be responsible while others say IT managers or building managers (23 percent and 21 percent, respectively). You can see that there is little agreement on ownership, which adds to the challenges.

In the below video, I talk more about these challenges and our upcoming educational seminars to help building managers and owners understand some of the expectations placed on building networks. See today’s press release about the “Evolution of the Workplace” workshops to register for these free events.

 

What’s next for 600 MHz in the U.S.?

Posted by Laura Fontaine on July 17, 2017

After about 10 months, and four stages of forward and reverse auctions, the 600 MHz incentive auction concluded on February 10, 2017 with the block assignment phase wrapping up on March 30. Once the dust settled, the final band plan ended with 70 MHz of spectrum divided among 50 wireless licensees for a gross price of nearly $20 billion.

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The Impossible Mission Force for Inband Interference—IMF

Posted by Mohamed Nadder Hamdy on July 16, 2017

IMF_GraphicAre you a movie fan? If you are, then you may assume that IMF stands for Impossible Mission Force, led by Ethan Hunt in his Mission Impossible movie series. However, it has a different meaning within the networking industry, which is facing another seemingly impossible mission: removing in-band interference. For this reason, CommScope has designed interference mitigation filters (IMF).  But don’t forget, “As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck!

The Leakage Problem

Cordless phones, baby monitors, garage door openers, wireless home security systems, keyless automobile entry systems, and other types of common electronic equipment rely on low power non-licensed transmitters, or unlicensed spectrum, to function.  This can be a headache for Wi-Fi users because the closer the non-licensed transmitter, the greater the chance for interference, according to High Tech Forum.  No wonder you may have had a bad connection the last time you were in the airport! 


How WDM Helps With 5G Deployment

Posted by Wes Oxlee on July 14, 2017

This blog post is part of our blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

With 5G on the way, service providers need to get the most bandwidth out of their current fiber networks.  

One recent development in fiber technology is the increased use of passive wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) devices. These devices allow carriers to get the most out of their valuable fiber assets.  

Who can benefit from using WDMs? That’s an easy question to answer—all service providers. It helps best utilize their entire infrastructure and get it ready for 5G deployments. 

In this vlog, I explain how this technology has evolved and the advantages it has created for service providers.


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