Alexy Luecke is a Brand Marketing Specialist for CommScope. She is primarily responsible for development and management of global brand programs, search engine marketing, and brand education. Alexy brings previous sales and marketing experience with technology companies to CommScope. Alexy is a magna cum laude graduate of Hamline University, holding a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with emphasis in Marketing and Communications.
Brand Marketing Specialist
Inside the data center or at the network edge, CommScope is unlocking the potential of every
new day to provide your business
a successful tomorrow. I hope
you enjoy reading this issue of CommScope Magazine.
What do you think of when you hear the word “trends”? Do you think fad? Do you pay attention? Do you want
to learn more and be in the know? Trends provide a general direction
in which things are developing or changing. They give us information that we adapt to so that we might evolve alongside the trend itself.
Trends shape every industry and
are especially prevalent in the communications industry. As a leader with over 40 years of experience in the communications industry, CommScope is dedicated to investigating trends, discussing and proposing how they might impact future communications and how networks might evolve with them.
Powering the present
Empowering the future
Letter from the Editor
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Trends in communication technology provide us with direction on how we approach our lives as we evolve. CommScope’s Trevor Smith, vice president of the Office of the CTO, discusses how consumers are impacting trends in the industry and what CommScope is doing to help the market prepare.
Trends in communications technology
Ed Solis is the Vice President of Enterprise Sales for Latin America at CommScope. He joined the company in October 2005 and has overall responsibility for leading the Enterprise Solutions strategy team. The team works to identify, analyze and monitor external and internal environments with a primary focus on strategic revenue enhancement directives of growth, profitability, and sustainability.
Ed has more than 17 years of experience in the networking industry having held various leadership positions in international market management, product management, product development, business development, and program management. He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies, Organizational Leadership Focus from Eastern Washington University and received his MBA
from Texas A&M Commerce College of Business & Entrepreneurship. He also holds the BICSI RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer) designation. Ed also volunteers in several product development, marketing,
and mentorship nonprofit organizations.
The evolution from intelligent to smart
Vice President of Enterprise Sales
Ed Solis blogs about how these trends are influencing the types of network infrastructure and devices deployed inside workplaces, healthcare facilities, hotels and other public venues. He also describes why structured cabling and Power over Ethernet technologies are key to this transformation, and how building operators must consider available bandwidth and power distribution to enable the smart-building future.
Four trends are defining the evolution of networking technology that will drive commercial buildings from being merely “intelligent” to being truly “smart”: mobility, cyber security, low-voltage power, and workplace efficiency.
The next generation of customers—Generation Z—is an always-on, always-connected digital citizen of your network. These subscribers will count on your network like none before. Are you ready to deliver what they need?
Meet Generation Z, the most connected customer ever
the amount GenZ contributes to the U.S. economy
of GenZ are interested in purchasing via social media directly
average percentage of GenZ's time spent online
of GenZ will not use an app or website if too slow to load
of GenZ owns a smartphone
In recent years, mega-mergers and acquisitions have become more common all over the world. We have seen seismic shifts in the operator and MSO landscape in 2016 and 2017 and it may not be over yet.
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AT&T + Nextel
Verizon + AOL
Verizon + Yahoo
Liberty Global + Vodafone
CenturyLink + Level 3 Communications
Charter + Time Warner Cable and Bright House
High M&A activity in telecom.
What are the drivers?
Jessica Epley is a Content Development Specialist for CommScope and enjoys helping others learn more about how current technology trends are impacting global network infrastructures. She primarily focuses on developing content to highlight data center and wireless mobility networks. Jessica brings to CommScope four years of marketing experience working in higher education. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in management and recently received her Master of Business Administration degree from Appalachian State University.
Content Development Specialist
In this blog post, CommScope’s Jessica Epley describes how industries as diverse as healthcare, automotive, and financial services are utilizing digital services to enhance the customer experience, and explores the implications of this trend for network providers. Jessica concludes
that increasing digital service offerings will ultimately rely on a converged,
high-performing network infrastructure.
As digital services inevitably increase in every industry, providers must plan and implement converged networks in order to meet future demand.
As consumers increasingly demand fast, seamless, anytime digital access to services, businesses are reinventing how they interact with their customers and the types of services they offer.
Supporting digital demand in every industry
With the right
solutions to power
your future, you can
achieve meaningful progress.
Whether your future includes the IoT,
cloud computing, macro cell networks,
ubiquitous in-building wireless and Wi-Fi services,
or powering a next-generation fiber broadband distribution network, we’ll help you achieve your goals faster, smarter and more cost-effectively.
Powering the present, empowering the future.
Communications technology has undergone dramatic change over the past few decades, with one notable exception—fiber-optic switches, which are still bulky, expensive to operate and manual labor intensive.
Led by CommScope, the SwIFT Consortium brings together European industrial, academic and research partners to develop a new fiber-optic switching technology based on fluidics—the flow of liquids within channels. This video— featuring CommScope’s Jan Watte and Cristina Lerma Arce—explores this new passive switching device that promises to transform network central offices by occupying a
much smaller footprint, reducing energy usage and requiring no manual intervention.
develops new switching technology
Streaming service providers are winning Emmy Awards and new kids on the block are challenging the big players for original content and online video.
Find out what’s going on in this world and what it means to you.
Online content on the rise
John Schmidt is the Vice President of Engineering R&D Inside Plant Fiber at CommScope. He has over 20 years of experience in the networking industry having held various positions in Design Engineering, Product Management, Business Development, and Sales Leadership. John began his career with ADC Telecommunications which was acquired by Tyco Electronics and subsequently CommScope. During his career John has acquired over 18 patents for telecommunications and networking equipment design and has participated on various standards committees. John holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Saint Thomas, and a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Vice President of Engineering R&D Inside Plant Fiber
Driving into the future:
Data Centers in 2018
In this blog post John Schmidt explores the near and distant future of robot technology, and the role of the data center in machine-to-machine communication. John shares his thoughts about three emerging data center technology trends—the move to 5G, low latency, and high density and speed—and how the “always-awake” data center can take a lead role in this changing environment.
Are machines taking over the world? Certainly there are more devices than people on the planet.
But are predictions of a robot workforce overblown?
High Speed Migration
from where you are to where
you need to go. Your infrastructure
is unique—your migration path to higher
speeds must be as well. At CommScope,
we get it. That’s why we developed the
High Speed Migration platform.
Ben Cardwell is the senior vice president of Mobility Solutions at CommScope,
a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for leading the global business unit that develops innovative wireless solutions for use in service provider and business enterprise networks around the world. Prior to his current role, Mr. Cardwell was senior vice president of global wireless sales, responsible for leading all of CommScope’s customer-facing activities for the wireless group globally.
A 25-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Mr. Cardwell also served
as vice president of wireless sales for CommScope Asia Pacific, where he worked closely with US and Asia Pacific service providers in developing and deploying
radio frequency and data communications infrastructure for voice and data services over mobile networks. Prior to joining CommScope, Mr. Cardwell served in various leadership positions in research and development, product management,
systems engineering, and field sales with UTStarcom, Ericsson, and 3Com.
Mr. Cardwell graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a bachelor
of science degree in physics. He holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Senior Vice President
As 5G passes from the “what if” to the “what now” phase, 2018 is setting up as a time for pragmatism in the wireless industry, says Ben Cardwell, senior vice president and segment leader of CommScope Mobility Solutions.
In his blog post, Ben notes that densification, virtualization, optimization and simplification of networks will continue to be at the forefront as operators maximize their network investments and build a bridge to next-generation technologies.
He identifies three key areas of focus: convergence of networks, the importance of LTE as a key transitional technology, and the ongoing challenge of small cell deployment.
A time for pragmatism:
Wireless industry trends in 2018
Beat bandwidth demands with densification
Learn more about 5G
5G and small cell densification are hot topics in the wireless industry.
But what does that mean for wireline and telecom networks?
Wireless trends drive changes in wireline networks