Mobile industry targets intermediary 5G standard in 2019

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Leading mobile operators and equipment vendors have announced plans to accelerate the roll-out of 5G, proposing an intermediary standard to allow large-scale deployments already in 2019. A work plan will be unveiled at a meeting in early March. Under the current schedule, the 5G New Radio specifications from 3GPP are not expected to be ready until late 2019, under Release 15. This means standards-based network deployments could not happen until 2020 (pre-standards networks will launch already later this year). The new proposal introduces an intermediate…

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What is 5G, and when do I get it?

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LOOK AT THE top corner of your phone screen. Right now, it probably reads 4G LTE, and you’re probably fine with that. But soon—and we’re talking years, not months—your phone will say 5G there instead. The mobile industry is buzzing about this next generation of high-speed wireless service, and you can expect the chatter to get even louder at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. But don’t believe the hype—the shift to 5G won’t happen quickly. The carriers have to upgrade their massive infrastructures,…

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3 mistakes some electricians made installing data cables at our jobsite

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The following Youtube video from HSM IT Services (Edmonton, AB) notes how “electricians are often contracted to run data cable (Cat5e, Cat6) while installing electrical wire. Many times, they do a bad job and we have to clean up the mess,” observes the Canadian structured cabling installer firm. Why exactly do they say this? “Several reasons,” notes the video’s technician-narrator, as he steps through a re-cabling jobsite he says was wired for data by some previous electricians — and POTS technicians — on the site:…

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II-VI offers pluggable OTDR

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II‐VI Inc. (NASDAQ:IIVI) has introduced a pluggable optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) for embedded network monitoring of carrier and data center networks, particularly within the context of software-defined networking (SDN). The second-generation device, designed to be plugged into XFP ports, is in the sampling stage, with general availability slated for the third quarter of this year. Network operators will need characterization and continuous monitoring of the fiber plant as they roll out SDN-enabled capabilities, II-VI says. The pluggable OTDR fulfills this need via digital processing…

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Is 100W 4PPoE just a subtle blowtorch for RJ45 panels?

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1.) What effect will 100W 4-pair PoE have on RJ45 connectivity? As put forth by a recent technology white paper from Panduit: “The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) document, TSB-184, Guidelines for Supporting Power Delivery Over Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling provides guidance for installing cables that run PoE with currents up to 600 mA on two pairs. This TSB document will soon be upgraded to TSB-184-A to provide guidance specific to PoE++ which is up to 960 mA on four pairs. These documents recommend that a bundle…

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Tarluz Loose Tube Type Air Blowing Cable

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Tarluz offers loose tube type air-blowing cable, the fibers are positioned in a PBT loose tube, the tube filled with water resistant filling compound, The loose tubes are stranded around a central plastic central strength member. The cable is completed with an outer sheath. Fiber Count Configuration Fillers Outer Diameter (mm) Cable Weight kg/km Tensile Strength (N) Crush Resistance (N/100mm) Bending Radius mm Micro duct diameter (mm) Tubes x fibers Long Term Short Term Long Term Short Term Static Dynamic 24 2 x 12 4…

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