day CommScope executives talk to customers, partners, investors, media, analysts
and industry influencers about the state of our business and the impact of new trends.
We thought our readers would also be interested in hearing what our leadership has
to say. We sat down with Ben Cardwell, senior vice president and segment leader
for both CommScope Mobility Solutions (CMS) and CommScope Connectivity Solutions
(CCS), to answer a few questions around mobility and enterprise trends.
CLICK TO TWEET: In CommScope's newest blog series, Ben Cardwell answers questions about the latest mobility and enterprise trends.
1. Ben, the CommScope Mobility Solutions segment primarily serves
the wireless industry. Can you briefly describe some major trends going on there?
What’s going in wireless is similar to what’s going on in all
service provider networks. Wireless networks are virtualizing, meaning some network
functions are being moved into software and/or the cloud. They are densifying and
centralizing, meaning more cell sites with more network functions grouped in centralized
locations. And there is the ever-present and ongoing need for more bandwidth, spectrum
and network capacity to support more and new types of users.
Of course, 5G has been the talk of the wireless industry for a number of years now,
and we are seeing some of the first network deployments. CommScope Mobility Solutions
has solutions that address all these trends.
2. How about major trends for CommScope Connectivity Solutions,
which serves the enterprise, wireline and data center markets
Again, service provider networks are virtualizing and densifying. But more specifically,
we see outside plant networks for our cable service providers moving “fiber deep,”
meaning fiber optic cabling being deployed further out to the edge of the network
to support wireless densification as well as fiber-to-the-x. The Tier 2 and 3 telcos
and cable operators are also investing in markets that are inadequately served by
the Tier 1 operators.
In the data center space, the ongoing trends are hyperscale (meaning,
massive sized) and multi-tenant (meaning, leased to many customers) data centers.
The impact on CommScope is that these huge data center operators are looking for
customized and complex solutions, which happens to be our sweet spot. CommScope
thrives on delivering customized solutions specific to the complex challenges in
each major operator’s network.
And the enterprise campus continues to go wireless, which means
more fiber and copper connectivity solutions are needed to aggregate traffic from
high-capacity access points.
3. How are Mobility Solutions and Connectivity Solutions solving
problems for our customers as they create the future connected society?
In one word, convergence. We often say, “Behind every great wireless network, there
is a great wireline network.” With the push towards virtualization so prolific,
it is getting hard to figure out where the wireless network starts and the fiber
network ends. CommScope is uniquely positioned to deliver
the most comprehensive and innovative set of solutions as we are the one of the
only manufacturers in the industry that supports both markets.
Where the fiber network and wireless network meets is closer
to the edge now in the metro cell, also called a small cell. We’ve developed unique
solutions that lower the cost and increase the speed of connecting lots of metro
cells in a fiber network.
4. What are some of the advantages of having ARRIS a part of
The combination of ARRIS and CommScope gives us a huge advantage as the industry
drives towards private networks where licensed and unlicensed spectrum work together
to provide subscribers an enhanced and seamless experience. We are fortunate to
have roots in both licensed (distributed antenna systems/small cells) and unlicensed
(Wi-Fi) spectrum, so we can be agnostic as to the solutions we provide to specific
market verticals. In the CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) space, an emerging
wireless market in the US, we have the whole solution - access points, core networks,
edge switching and a spectrum access system (SAS).
In the private networks space, we are clearly a leader. In outside
plant, we’ve been deploying complementary equipment on the same poles and in the
same pits between legacy CommScope and ARRIS for decades. Now we can come up with
more tightly integrated solutions with enhanced features for cable TV networks.