‘James, what are the three most important things in life?’

Believe it or not, this is a question I was posed by one of my esteemed colleagues several years ago (I know he would like me to mention his name – John McCarthy).

I responded: I do not know John, what are they?’

The response:

‘The first is your family, the second is your faith and the third….. your network infrastructure solution!!!’

Well, as you can imagine I was taken aback. However in jest, it does have an important message. There is very little business or activity that does not pass over some form of network infrastructure. Life as we know it today would not be the same without it. Although we would probably get more sense from those digital natives we call our children!

At parties or on a night out, I am often asked what I do and who I work for. I proudly say: 'CommScope  - we design, manufacture and supply cabling or infrastructure.' As you can imagine, the usual response is that their eyes glaze over and they take the earliest opportunity to move on. I have realised after all these years, why I get left in the corner on my own!!

However on the odd occasion I might get the follow up question, ‘I have never heard of them. Are they a big company?’

‘A Fortune 1000 company with revenues in excess of 3 billion dollars.'You can see the shock and surprise. People’s perceptions and reactions show that most do not realise or have ever thought about how big the infrastructure industry is or how much people rely on it in their everyday lives. It is little wonder when infrastructure products are almost always hidden from view or concealed within other objects.

Even within CommScope, we can often be cocooned in our area of the business. I recently took time to review CommScope‘s complete portfolio and was quite amazed how extensive the range of applications there are for infrastructure solutions, and the types of technologies used to support the applications.

One of the hottest is Wireless. To most the word ‘wireless’ conjures up images of freedom from cabling or wiring.

However with ever increasing bandwidth requirements and number of network connected devices, coupled with the need for more and more wireless coverage, the reality is that extensive cabling is more than often required to support Wireless networks, whether they be cellular or wi-fi. Now, that is music to my ears.

What a great thought for all us cabling evangelists out there - Wire More to Wireless!

You may well have come to the conclusion that I may be a little strange. I like to think of it as passionate about the infrastructure industry. All too often the software, electronics and equipment take center stage. Infrastructure choices are extremely important, if not critical for all forms of communication, whether it be in the home, at the office or on the go!

We need to ensure those choices are not taken lightly.

About the Author

James Donovan

James Donovan is Vice President of the CommScope Infrastructure Academy. James joined CommScope in 1993 and has held positions in Sales, Technical, Marketing, Training and Business Development and served most recently as VP of Digital and Creative Services for CommScope. James oversees the CommScope Infrastructure Academy, which is CommScope’s partner and customer training platform. Prior to joining the company, he held positions at GEC, ITT and Alcatel. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and a BSc Honors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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4 comments for "Guess What? Infrastructure Is Important!"
John McCarthy

James, The amount of attendees at the Cisco and CommScope Breakout sessions this week confirmed the exponential importance of the Network in everyday life. That's why Stability, Efficiency and Performance in the Infrastructure are prized as the 3 vital qualities that Systimax from CommScope has always brought. I don't think it's importance can ever replace 1 and 2 in the "importance league table" for me, but the Infrastructure as the hidden foundations for technological life increasingly proves it's worth.


Thanks John, I know you are as passionate as I about cabling solutions. Do not be surprised if I quote you again (of course only those that are printable!!).


Infrastructure to me is a little different. Infrastructure Protection was my world as a focus area in the Physical Security subgroup of www.tswg.gov A little research on your products, and I find the CCS would have been nice option for one of my electric carrier Federal customers. But I'm curious, how does the thief know it's not solid copper? ;o) They still take down the tower to find out there's no value, and the carrier still has to fix it; good for CommScope(CS)! On that note, does CS produce a Broadband over Powerline solution? Maybe a shielded coax wrapped in CCS to carry IP and Electric? Food for thought. Right now it's IP on noisy electric mid to low power lines. The new standards for Smart Grid are beginning to come to light as well, does CS have some long haul wireless solutions? I'm a Biz Dev guy in DC, looking for some ideas. Cheers! Mike


Hi Mike, Thanks for the response, and while I am not an expert on the CCS product, I can see your point about product marking etc. I suppose it is a bit like displaying a 'beware of the dog' sign. the potential thief can either believe it ot not. There is probably no 100% solution, but the CCS product at least makes the pursuit of the copper grounding rod a potential futile excercise for the thieves and therefore over time they give up on the practise because they are getting no reward for their efforts. There is a recent blog post on this subject which you might like to review - http://commscopeblogs.com/2011/02/09/utilities-have-a-%e2%80%9csmart%e2%80%9d-solution-to-prevent-copper-theft/#more-1391 I am looking into your other questions, and hope to have someone respond. Regards james

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