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Learn How To Build Pervasive Passive Infrastructures

In the last few years modern technology has expanded greatly, leading to increasing numbers of internet-capable devices and growing network demand. From tablets to eReaders, smartphones to iPads, most of us take our gadgets with us wherever we go – including to the office. And while device accessibility is useful and improves productivity, it can […]

Infrastructure 17 May 2017

Bandwidth or Capacity? The Passive Infrastructure Challenge

Despite our insatiable appetite for increased bandwidth, whether over a wired or wireless network, demand is only fed at the right price. However, let’s be clear it is not a choice of price alone, but a decision on what bandwidth or capacity one gets for the price or the ‘cost per bit’ or ‘cost per […]

Infrastructure 10 May 2017

Using a Universal Connectivity Grid for More Flexible and Cost-Efficient Cabling

How to enable cost-efficient cabling In an increasingly connected workplace, the architecture of today’s telecommunications cabling is quickly evolving. Networks designed to support a handful of workstation-based applications must now support a litany of distributed devices, which may include Wi-Fi, security, access control, space and energy management, and lighting. IT and Facilities managers must consider […]

Infrastructure 3 May 2017

Understand the Passive Infrastructure That Underpins Your Network

By 2020, IoT predictions expect that between 20-30 billion devices will be connecting to networks. For anyone who works with passive network infrastructure (cables, connectors, antennas, panels, shelves or frames), this is huge news, presenting substantial opportunities for career growth, knowledge acquisition and training.   What is Passive Infrastructure? Passive infrastructure… Transmission media… Physical layer… […]

Infrastructure 28 April 2017

Latency in Optical Fibers

Optical Fiber Latency: An optical fiber consists of a cylindrical core of silicon dioxide (fused silica glass) surrounded by a cladding. The core and cladding comprise the optical transmission media (or optical waveguide) and are usually coated for protection. Latency in optical transmission media is a consequence of limited velocity in the optical media. To […]

Fiber Optic 19 April 2017

Contributors of Latency in a Fiber Optic System

Fiber optic latency: In an optical fiber system, there are a minimum of five latency contributions. Two are created as the signal moves from the electrical domain to the optical; another contribution occurs as the signal travels down the optical fiber; and two more are created as the signal is converted from the optical domain […]

Fiber Optic 12 April 2017

What is Latency in a Network Infrastructure?

What is Latency? Latency is a time delay between a stimulation and its response. It is caused by velocity limitations in a physical system. In simplest terms, latency is the time it takes for a signal to travel (or propagate) from point A to point B. In telecommunications, latency describes the time delay of a […]

Infrastructure 5 April 2017

Key Differences: Small Cells vs. Distributed-Antenna-Systems

The Key Differences Between Small Cells vs. Distributed-Antenna-Systems: Despite the general similarities in power output, coverage area and size, DAS and the various small cell solutions differ greatly in terms of how they operate. DAS is a point-to-multipoint solution in which the DAS headend shares and receives signals with all remote nodes simultaneously. By simulcasting […]

Wireless 30 March 2017

What are DAS and Small Cells?

Using DAS and Small Cells to Provide Coverage and Capacity: The need to increase wireless coverage and capacity within an increasingly crowded ecosystem has led to a variety of alternative solutions and new challenges for the owners and operators of today’s mobile networks. Each new solution forces the industry to reconsider the landscape and assess […]

Wireless 22 March 2017

Connecting DAS over existing PON Installations

Leveraging Networks for Connecting DAS Demand for higher wireless data throughput and denser wireless networks is driving the installation of distributed antenna systems (DAS) as well as small cells and Wi-Fi systems. But without existing fiber from the central office, deploying these devices can be a time-consuming and expensive proposition. At the same time, competition […]

Wireless 15 March 2017