Category: Structured Cabling News

Online seminar addresses multifiber connectivity

Now available on demand. This one hour webinar covers multifiber connectivity with a specific focus on data center networks. Jennifer Cline (US Conec) will address VSS Multi-Fiber Connectivity; Ken Hall (CommScope) will present on Designing a Dynamic Data Center Fiber-optic Network; and Jim Davis (Fluke Networks) will discuss Testing Tools & Techniques for Multi-Fiber Cabling Systems.

TIA TR-60.TSB The Gateway To Outcome-Based Infrastructure Management

As the TIA TR-60 ICT Lifecycle Management Standards are introduced into IT and ICT workstreams, this new Day 2 thinking may not be intuitive to some professionals in areas like HR, Governance, Supply Chain and Security. This webinar, presented by Jerry Bowman TR-60 Chair and David Cuthbertson TR-60.B Subcommittee Chair will introduce the listener to some of the business problems that TR-60 will solve, and provide guidance on the use case for the thirty (30) standards as they’re released. The webinar will also provide some examples of the planned TR-60 technology management benchmarking system to allow technology stakeholders to set performance objectives and measure achievement of them. Benchmarking is vital to finding areas of opportunity to monitor, improve and empower every internal and outsourced IT department resulting in the right processes and overall productivity, which all drive revenue. The TR-60 TSB webinar will introduce the concepts, desired outcomes and some early prescriptive guidance on how to use TR-60 to achieve them. #supplychainmanagement #TR-60 #TIAstandards #ITgovernance

Bridging the digital divide faces a workforce challenge

Market forces and once-in-a-lifetime funding opportunities are driving the deployment of fiber broadband nationwide. In early 2020, the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) allocated $20.4 billion in funding over ten years to support developing broadband networks in rural communities. Then on November 15, 2021, the Biden Administration signed the significant $65 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, including the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program that sets aside more than $42 billion for constructing these networks with a priority on covering unserved and underserved locations.
Despite demand and funding, the industry faces a lack of skilled labor that threatens to slow rollouts and adversely impact fiber network performance and reliability. Read the full article at:

White Paper: Infrastructure Solutions for Edge Networks

Deploying and maintaining an edge data center requires specific focus on both communications infrastructure as well as the equipment that houses and protects that infrastructure. Add to the mix that the term “edge” can be defined in a number of ways, and meeting customer expectations requires significant planning and project management during an edge deployment. This On Topic Report, focused on Edge Networking, acknowledges the reality that edge can mean different things to different users. In that vein, it provides practical information about the edge’s place in the larger network landscape, and delivers useful information about deploying the right solution for users’ needs.

Why FiberLert is a Game Changer in Fiber Optics

FiberLert is essentially a voltage detector-like tool from the electrical world that has been reinvented to work in the fiber world, a fiber optic tester that is hypersensitive to the presence of a live optical signal without physical contact. It is not only useful as a troubleshooting and polarity tool, but as a safety tool to verify disconnection prior to inspection with a direct-view inspection scope. It is easy to use with minimal training and is useful in so many ways.

Broadband associations partner on fiber, wireless workforce development

The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) have entered into a Collaborative Workforce Development Agreement to advance critical workforce education and training for the broadband communications industry. The agreement promotes both associations’ workforce development programs: the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), nationally sponsored by WIA for broadband and 5G technicians; and the Fiber Broadband Association’s Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path) program that trains fiber technicians.