The wireless industry has been ramping up for its annual
mega-event, Mobile World Congress
in Barcelona, for weeks. Of course, CommScope will be there—Hall 2, Stand 2i46
for those of you who are going. It seems like an appropriate time to give a
summary of what’s going on in the wireless industry and how CommScope is
helping its customers deploy wireless networks.
We broadly break the wireless industry into solutions for
two applications: outdoor and indoor. Outdoor includes the legacy macro network
and all the challenges involved in deploying wireless technology today,
including the transition to new technologies. The transition to LTE, for
example, is far along in the US, South Korea and Japan and is now ramping up in
Europe and elsewhere. CommScope has been intimately involved in LTE since day
one. You may find my earlier blog post about “Top Tips for Deploying LTE” worth referencing.
LTE rollouts often involve modernizing the wireless network
with new infrastructure, namely, remote radio units and fiber/power trunk
cables. That is a big change considering macro networks almost always have used
coaxial cable for the past 20-plus years. There are a variety of ways that
operators are updating their networks in a reliable, efficient manner today,
The goal is enabling LTE rollout now or in the future,
increasing capacity for the ever-increasing data traffic demand and protecting
existing networks (such as GSM and UMTS).
Indoor is a totally different animal for wireless, but one
that is mandatory for operators and business enterprises to address. About 80
percent of mobile sessions are indoors. There are about 30 billion square
meters of commercial real estate worldwide, and yet we estimate than only about
two percent is currently covered with dedicated indoor wireless networks. It is
predicted that 1 billion employee-owned smartphones and tablets will be in use
in the enterprise by 2018. That is a serious issue in a world that rapidly
expects ubiquitous, reliable service for increasingly faster data speeds,
Providing ubiquitous wireless coverage and capacity within
enterprise buildings is one of the last great frontiers in wireless
infrastructure. Many of us in the wireless industry are focused on how best to deliver solutions
for this market. I expect that this will be one of the biggest focus areas for
wireless in the years to come. And you’ll hear a lot more from CommScope soon
about this topic.
That’s where I see wireless now. We’ll see what others have
to say in Barcelona next week. If you are going to be there, I’ll be hanging
around our booth (Hall 2, Stand 2I46). Come say hi and chat me up about how you
see the wireless industry today.