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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 »

The AOC Advantage: How to Reduce Your Financial and Power Budget

Active Optical Cable’s (AOCs) have been quickly gaining traction and growing in popularity, especially in data center and enterprise spaces. AOCs offer a variety of benefits that will help turn up your networks faster and keep them up and running. The Basics: What is an AOC (and what are the benefits)? Let’s start really simple;… Read more »

How to Maximize Capacity with BiDi Technology

If history has shown us anything in the optical communications world, it’s that fiber resources are precious and costly to install or upgrade. Whether you are pushing to maximize the capacity over your own fiber plant, or looking to reduce leased fiber expenditures, you are not alone; everyone is looking for ways to get the… Read more »

What’s the Future of Technology in a Post-Pandemic World?

“May you live in interesting times”. We have all heard this saying before that often gives us mixed messages. Are these interesting times going to bring positive change, or negatively impact how we go about our daily lives? While there’s no crystal ball, it is safe to assume that the world is going to look… Read more »

Fiber Networking: Can Your Existing Fiber Be Doing More?

If you’re trying to make the most of existing fiber, you’ve probably thought about adding multiple wavelengths across individual fibers. Whether you have a PON network that could really use more bandwidth, or some CWDM channels on a path that you wish was doing more, understanding the wave-space different standards take up is crucial. The… Read more »

Planning Tips for Network Growth

Unlike that pair of pants or jeans, outgrowing your network is actually a good problem to have! As your business grows, the carefully (or not so carefully) planned network that you have is starting to feel cramped and maybe starting to impact your bottom line. Doing a network reorganization can be simple or tricky depending… Read more »