The Commitment to Network Evolution

Ric_Johnsen_ektron Richard "Ric" Johnsen September 26, 2016

Network operators—large public networks or small private networks—must keep up with the growing demand for bandwidth from their users. One solution they turn to is a Passive Optical Network (PON).

PON infrastructure is an all-optical point-to-multipoint technology that provides an optical path for a central office, headend or data center to a user terminal through the use of optical fiber and splitters. The passive elements form the base architecture for:

  • Gigabit PON (GPON)
  • Next Generation PON
  • 10G Ethernet PON (EPON)
  • Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) networks / RF PON

PON differs from other fiber offerings for cable operators because it provides a migration path from DOCSIS-enabled data services to Ethernet/IP based platform. For example, RFoG or RF PON solutions support building out the PON fiber infrastructure—the optical distribution network–while continuing to use the existing headend, customer premise equipment, and back office systems used today. This facilitates a migration path to 10G EPON overlay on as needed basis to support high bandwidth consumers.

CommScope’s commitment to helping MSOs and service providers evolve their networks has never been stronger. That has been our mission for 40 years. CommScope is a global leader in fiber optics for wired and wireless networks. Since we acquiredTE Connectivity’s Broadband Network Solutions (BNS) business (telecom, enterprise and wireless) last year, we created a stronger solution platform for supporting customers around the world.

We support the MSO and service provider markets with their network evolution needs through innovative solutions and technologies, including the latest advancements in fiber optics. At our core is our robust portfolio of innovative FTTH offerings that provide fast and reliable infrastructure solutions.

Our strength is in our passive PON infrastructure solutions and that is why we came to the decision to sell our active EPON and RFoG solutions to ADTRAN. This transaction enables us to provide a greater focus on our passive PON offerings. CommScope believes fiber will be an essential building block of virtually all future bandwidth-intensive networks to serve customers. We are focused on developing new approaches for deploying fiber networks that can significantly reduce the cost of deployment.

That’s our commitment to you and the entire industry.

About the Author


Richard "Ric" Johnsen

Richard “Ric” Johnsen is senior vice president, Network Cable and Connectivity, Broadband Networks, for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions. Previously, he was senior vice president, PLM Outside Plant Solutions. Mr. Johnsen joined CommScope in 2010 and was senior vice president of the Broadband division. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of Alloptic. His prior work experience includes time at OFS as a vice president with responsibilities for fiber optic cable sales, marketing and product engineering. During his tenure at OFS, he led the team responsible for developing and introducing the totally “dry” loose tube fiber cable design to the market. He also worked at Alcatel where he served in numerous positions including engineering, operations and sales. His last position at Alcatel was vice president of the optical fiber business for Europe and Asia. During his time at Alcatel, he led the team responsible for developing and commercializing a colored coating for optical fiber (ColorLock). The project was recognized by Alcatel as the winner of the 1998 Alcatel “Hi-Speed” Award for speed of execution and impact to the business. Mr. Johnsen served 11 years in the United States Army, serving in numerous positions globally as a Signal Corps Officer and holding Airborne and Ranger qualifications. Mr. Johnsen has a BS degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and an MS degree in communications engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.