Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bandwidth Growth Driving Network Deployments

Consumer and business customer demand for high speed bandwidth has never been greater. From federally-funded projects to small cell buildouts, telecom network infrastructure improvements have become an arm’s race for technology organizations.

In addition, key telcos and other providers recently announced ambitious network expansion plans. According to a recent article from Fierce Telecom, AT&T and CenturyLink have set some ambitious targets for their FTTH deployments.

“During the second quarter, AT&T had only 2.2 million homes passed with fiber, a figure the telco expects to ramp to 2.6 million by the end of 2016. AT&T will need to build fiber to an additional 9.9 million homes by 2019, illustrating an acceleration in its overall network investment.”

“CenturyLink expects to reach 11 million premises at 40 Mbps or higher, including 2 million GPON-enabled addressable households and businesses, by year-end 2017. Looking toward 2019, CenturyLink forecasts that 11 million of its addressable broadband-enabled units will be able to access 100 Mbps or higher speeds.”

With this demand, carriers will not only need to have adequate access to outside plant materials and equipment. Comstar Supply has built an extensive OSP inventory from industry-leading suppliers to help carriers and contractors deliver high-speed broadband and power networks.

Fiber Splice Trailer at Comstar City


For instance, Comstar not only can supply a splice truck, but help customers fully equip it with the necessary tools and equipment for less than other distributors. From a fiber splicing tool kit, to splicer, test sets, cleaning supplies and other essentials, we have you covered. To start equipping your teams, visit the Fiber Splice Trailer at Comstar City.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Faster FTTH Deployment at Lower Costs

FTTH Underground at Comstar City
Fiber indexing is a novel approach to FTTH network design. CommScope’s pre-connectorized plug-and-play solution allows engineers to:
  • Deploy fiber up to 75% faster
  • Reduce the amount of cable required by up to 70%
  • Eliminate the need for fiber splicing
How? By changing from a star to a daisy-chain topology for connecting service terminals, and consolidating functionality into the service terminal. By using hardened service terminals with hardened multi-fiber connectors, this architecture combines the advantages of a daisy chain-topology with plug-and-play connectivity.
To learn more, download the white paper from one of our suppliers – TE Connectivity – for a detailed guide on fiber indexing. To order your FTTH products, visit us at www.comstarsupply.com

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fast Facts on Fiber Distribution for FTTx

FDH 4000 (front, open)
No space, no permit is no problem with Commscope’s Sealed Fiber Distribution Hub FDH 4000.
The sealed fiber distribution hub (FDH) 4000 is designed for superior performance in any environment. Its small, compact size minimizes visual impact for discrete applications. Leveraging Commscope’s proven hardened fiber optic closure technology, the sealed FDH offers a robust, technician-friendly and cost-effective solution for connecting feeder and distribution cables in the FTTx network.
Specific benefits include:
  • Ideal for low profile / discreet deployments
  • Leverages proven sealing technology of TE’s FOSC
  • Plug-and-play design for fast service turn ups
  • 144 distribution ports / 9 splitter slots / point-to-point configurable
  • Re-enterable
For more information on this and other products Comstar Supply stocks and supports, please visit www.comstarsupply.com.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Last Fiber Frontier


The demand for increased bandwidth is driving fiber-based last mile connectivity to every business. It’s also having a trickle-down effect to consumers as the Internet of Things (IoT), video streaming services, online gaming, and other applications are moving network capacity to unprecedented speeds to the home.

Certainly, we’re all familiar with metro fiber builds between cities, within a city, or other special project builds such as connecting schools or multiple government offices. These network construction projects continue in earnest today. However, building fiber to the home is quickly gaining momentum as the last frontier for bandwidth. Specifically, initiatives such as Google Fiber and other high-bandwidth residential Internet start-ups are spurring new network growth.

In fact, according to a March 2016 article titled, “Fiber to the Home: Getting Beyond 10 Gb/s” from Optics & Photonics News:
 “…worldwide FTTx deployment passed 100 million connections in 2014, and rapid growth continues today. In the United States, FTTH implementation has lagged relative to Asia; nonetheless, more than 100 cities are now connected with gigabit-capable broadband networks through Google Fiber and competing initiatives, mostly with FTTH technologies.”
A myriad of products exists today for deployment of FTTH in both aerial and underground construction methods. Comstar Supply’s wide product range includes everything from Passive Optical Network (PON) connectivity to the attachment hardware. In the rapidly changing FTTx environment, it’s imperative to pay attention to innovations in the market— especially if you’re new to FTTH deployment. Visit www.comstarsupply.com to learn more about products we stock and support.

Monday, October 10, 2016

5 Reasons You Should Outsource Inventory Management and Logistics to Comstar Supply


1. Experience and Expertise – For many carriers, inventory management and logistics are not core competencies. In fact, in many cases, it’s not only a cost component to their business from a time, personnel and facilities standpoint, but it also takes away the focus of the business. Comstar Supply has more than 20 years of experience in the delivery of telecommunications supply chain management. Taking advantage of our expertise can influence your bottom line while impacting your ability to serve your customers.

2. Decreased Capital Expenditures - Acquiring real estate, systems, and infrastructure for inventory management requires a large capital investment. Instead of tying up cash flows, telecom carriers should outsource this function. At Comstar Supply, we have warehouse facilities in Philadelphia and Raleigh, that can help eliminate some of these costs, which allows for expansion by not spending upfront capital.

3. Consolidate Logistics - At Comstar Supply, we can manage our customers’ entire inventory, warehousing, and transportation needs. This allows our customers to consolidate shipping multiple orders to separate locations with one company. This provides decreased costs throughout the business while eliminating sporadic shipping.

4. Scalability of Your Business – The telecommunications industry is in constant flux and reacting to market changes, new market expansion, and other large projects, is a game changer. As a result of these actions, your inventory levels, warehousing, and transportation needs, will also change accordingly. Comstar Supply allows its customers to easily scale inventory management and distribution efforts – taking the guesswork out of managing your business. We assist our customer and help them grow their business by mitigating these types of costs and providing efficient inventory management of their products.

5. Leverage Vendor Relationships – Customers can take advantage of Comstar Supply’s 20+ years of nurturing strong business relationships with industry-leading suppliers. This ensures we have access to information on new products and services, as well as on-site training and updates on technology impacting the industry. We continually update our knowledge base and train our employees on new game-changing technology to foster innovation at every level of our business. We extend that learning to customers and prospects through dedicated staff and resources, which guarantee reliable support.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Comstar Goes Hunting

Searching for Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross. Serenading complete strangers down on bended knee. Answering fun facts about the city of Philadelphia and company-related trivia.

These were just a few of the many tasks Comstar Supply employees were completing in a fun-filled scavenger hunt in the heart of Philadelphia earlier this week. Divided into 6 cross-functional teams, more than 30 employees descended upon Independence Hall as a starting point for this team building event organized by cityHUNT.

Teams dressed up in themes and were armed with a smartphone app that detailed challenges, asked trivia and kept a live leaderboard.
The winners of the scavenger hunt, team "MiB".

“It was a great team building event that in addition to being a ton of fun, also spurred inter-departmental collaboration,” said Dan Clifton, SVP Marketing for Comstar. “It was also one of my first events here as an employee here, so I learned how competitive our group is. It really says a lot about the company as we work as hard as we play.”

Monday, October 3, 2016

Efficent Outsourcing as a Competitive Advantage

Telecommunications carriers have been outsourcing non-critical functions within their business for years. Call center services, NOC after-hours functions, and even billing are typical activities residing outside of core competencies they outsource. A growing trend for carriers and network construction and utility companies, is to rely on third party vendors for logistics activities, such as transportation, warehousing, distribution, and inventory management.

While cutting costs is still a main driver for many companies, the reasons telecommunications suppliers outsource extend beyond the balance sheet benefit. The issue can be attributed not only to the degree of complexity and velocity of the company’s supply chain, but the expectations and demand of its end-user customers as well.  Other reasons why companies choose to outsource logistics include, but are not limited to:
  • Enhanced flexibility to grow based on changing business requirements
  • Capital investment in facilities and equipment
  • Increased focus on its own core competencies
  • Decrease management of materials by multiple contractors
  • Access to capabilities, time and personnel to manage logistics not available internally
  • Consolidation of existing facilities
At Comstar Supply, we can help our customers reduce costs, decrease the burden of warehousing, and allow for greater control of OSP materials and pathway products.
These benefits are especially critical as our customers grow and expand their network infrastructure, embark on large projects, or seek to manage critical resources more effectively and efficiently. We can build a solution that easily replicates itself across multiple locations or even state lines – streamlining processes while providing inventory management and logistics as a competitive advantage for our customers.

To learn more, contact Comstar Supply at www.comstarsupply.com