CommScope Announces New Technologies that Improve Network Scale, Speed and Latency

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HICKORY, NC — CommScope announced new technologies that improve network scale, speed and latency. The advances – in architecture design, interface speed, and edge performance – create choice and control for broadband network operators. All will become elements of the company’s Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) and 10G portfolios.
 

“The most important new use cases are relentless about response time. Faster speed plus lower latency is the new normal,” said Morgan Kurk, executive vice president and chief technology officer, CommScope. “Three things are required to achieve this—an end-to-end view of the network; an agnostic approach to technology; and a distributed architecture that breeds innovation in the core, throughout the access layer, and at the edge.”

Delivering Early Benefits of 10G Innovations

The company separately announced progress with European and U.S. service providers delivering the earliest benefits of 10G innovations and at varying stages of network transformations.

“The innovations being fielded now are all about anticipating the network of tomorrow,” said Kurk. “5G especially requires a flexible network, and open architectures gain new importance when cloud plus edge approaches become the imperative.”

Raising the Performance Bar from Core to Edge

CommScope will detail technology breakthroughs next week that improve performance at the core, throughout the access layer, and at the edge:  

  • DAA Aggregator – This massively scalable new architecture extends fiber deeper into the network, lowers total cost of ownership, and requires relatively minor changes to existing fiber deep networks. The change significantly increases the number of homes passed per RPD serving group – from 20 to 40 to between 150 to 300 – enabling deeper reach into neighborhoods and a simplified path to network upgrades.
  • Extended Soft FDD – This new combination of software-only Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD) – pushes network interface speeds beyond 1.2 GHz and is already being hailed as a preliminary flavor of DOCSIS 4.0. The advance comes just four months after the company first demonstrated soft FDD.  
  • New DOCSIS timing protocol – Precise timing distribution over the DOCSIS network is now possible. Such precision is imperative for time-critical processing and applications, where a fraction of a second means the difference between success and failure. Current and future applications include mobile backhaul, virtual reality, and autonomous vehicle control.  

“It’s no longer enough to have the fastest network,” said Tom Cloonan, CommScope chief technologist for network solutions. “2020 is about efficiency and simplicity. There will be significant changes to architectures over time, and it’s important to work with a company that has both technology and the expertise to execute at any point in that transformation.”  

Europe, U.S. Building Gigabit Cities from the Ground Up  

CommScope also today revealed European and U.S. network-transformation projects currently underway, including its role as a foundation of Europe’s first eight Gigabit Cities with Liberty Global in Southampton (England), Utrecht (Netherlands), Warsaw (Poland), and Bochum, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, and Mannheim (Germany). The European projects build on CommScope’s regional momentum, including groundbreaking Remote PHY work being done for Stofa and Eltrona.  


About CommScope:

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) and the recently acquired ARRIS and Ruckus Networks are redefining tomorrow by shaping the future of wired and wireless communications. Our combined global team of employees, innovators and technologists have empowered customers in all regions of the world to anticipate what’s next and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Discover more at www.commscope.com.  

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