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Datacenter Planning: Installation, Maintenance and Expansion

All datacenters, from the smallest corporate data center to the largest hyperscale datacenter of cloud service providers, have many components in common, and all of these components need to communicate. That means lots of connections, and opportunities to either excel or fail when it comes to speed, efficiency, reliability, and security, regardless of size. Let’s… Read more »

A Look Ahead: What to Expect in 2021

With 2020 in the rear-view mirror, network needs are beginning to look a little different as we kick off 2021. With a growing percentage of the population working and learning from home, higher bandwidth is increasingly critical, while simultaneously pushing reach to the edge of networks. So, what does this mean for our industry? QSFP+… Read more »

QSFP28 100G ZR4: Fast Transfers and Greater Distances

If there’s one thing you can say with certainty about the telecommunications industry, it’s that it’s always pushing for higher bandwidths and greater distances. Attaining these goals within currently supported transceiver form factors is a challenge, to put it mildly. Progress is made through innovations in transmit and receiver implementations. The transmit side is optimized… Read more »

Breaking Down Buzzwords: Coherents

Throughout our “Breaking Down Buzzwords” series, we have taken a look at Remote Phy, and FTTX. To continue our series, let’s dive into coherent optics and attempt to provide a simplified (and, dare I say, coherent) explanation of some of the common terms and acronyms associated with this optical solution. Before we dive into the… Read more »

New Product Announcement: Uptime Kits

Preparing For The Future There comes a time in every company’s year where it needs to consider what expenditures will make it more capable of responding to operational and market challenges. Testing gear and emergency preparedness spends are a perfect example. Maintaining operational continuity is crucial because downtime is expensive! Many departments look to spend… Read more »

SCTE 2020: Current Events in CBRS for Cable

Yesterdays session offered excellent insight into the use of CBRS for Cable companies, especially at Charter. Both Mehmet Yavuz from Celona and Ahmed Bencheikh from Charter offered their knowledge and experience with CBRS to date. The advent of 5G technology, together with CBRS and private LTE/5G, introduces new options for an MSO’s enterprise customers. The… Read more »

SCTE 2020: The COVID Conundrum: Lessons Learned Accelerating Network Evolution

How have top Telecom providers managed their networks during the COVID-19 pandemic?   Due to the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic, cable providers have had to accelerate their network capacity to accommodate the increase needs in bandwidth of their consumers. During the seminar at this year’s SCTE Cable Expo, industry leaders from the top Telecom… Read more »

400G Networking Has Arrived

Incredible network speeds are moving out of the lab and into commercial use! 400G is here with several different standards that can be right for your application. Let’s dive right into the leading emerging format: the QSFP-DD 400G and the available variations. Note1: MPO connectors have a default polish based on their fiber type. The… Read more »

Going the Distance: New Technology in a Hyper Connected World

In this connected world, our data connectivity is constantly being pushed to transport higher bandwidth and further distances…and need to be compatible with existing platforms… and limiting power usage… and maintaining a small form factor to maintain port density…PHEW!  This is definitely a tall order for pluggables; but technology marches onward. Without using amplifiers and filters… Read more »

Expanding Telepresence in the Workplace and School

Life 2.0 2020 has certainly been a year of change as we’ve navigated digital transition both in the workplace and in schools. The world has seen traditional models of education and business tested, fractured, and revised. It most definitely has been a learning experience; pre-information age models are catching up with the times. There are a plethora of benefits that have come with… Read more »