Why Smart Home Owners Have Better Backyards

• • Broadband, industry trends, Smart Home

Summer is finally here, and your customers will want to spend more time outside. Fortunately for them, their broadband is protected by secure weatherproof enclosures that enable them to get the most out of their yard. Whether your customers want their yard to be an entertainment hub or a retreat from the busy world, smart […]

Smart Homes and the Dark Web

• • Broadband, Smart Home

You set up your customers’ smart homes with every safety protocol in place, and secure their wired network in high-quality enclosures.  How do you ensure their smart home is protected beyond the physical boundaries of their house? Simple. Send them to the dark web. The dark web is part of the deep web, and your […]

Data Security and the Smart Home

• • Broadband, industry trends, Smart Home

Are your customers concerned about the security of their smart home? High-profile events such as the recent WannaCry Ransomware attacks get people thinking about the safety of their personal data. Those who live in smart homes – or are considering buying smart products — may be worried about the potential security threat. Their concerns are […]

What Broadband Everywhere Means for the Smart Home

• • Broadband, industry trends, Smart Home

Your customers appreciate the money they save with their smart thermostat and smart lights. They feel safer knowing their smart security system will alert them on their phone if anything comes up. And they get a lot of use out of their smart home theater. All of this thanks to high-speed broadband, quality equipment, and […]

Net neutrality still up for debate

• • Broadband, industry trends, News

Trends in entertainment like the rise of Netflix and Spotify, and the increasing popularity of the smart home mean that broadband internet is integral to your customers’ daily lives. Not only is the home network and media enclosure a vital part of family life, but the debate around net neutrality is relevant to more people […]

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Telco Trends: Artificial Intelligence in the Smart Home

• • Broadband, Smart Home

Many of your customers are using some smart home features and connected home entertainment systems housed in a high-quality network enclosure. They may also be among the millions of North Americans who have purchased an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant in the last couple of years. AI technology is in a phase of rapid development, particularly […]

Is Capacity Crunch Coming Soon?

• • Broadband, data transmission, industry trends

The internet is ten times faster today than it was a decade ago, and consumption is increasing almost as quickly as the technology. Your customers have smart homes and offices with high bandwidth cabling, and efficient accessories enabling them to download more content. Despite this progress, experts worry that at some point technology will no […]

Goodbye TV, Hello OTT

• • Broadband, industry trends, News

Are your customers cutting the cable TV cord? With the explosion of options on the market, more broadband customers are opting for over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix and Amazon Prime rather than paying for a cable TV subscription. This shifts the household priorities to the network, and more residential installations will require components such as […]

Broadband Survival in a Saturated Market

• • Broadband, ftth, industry trends, Smart Home

As a cable installer, you’ve probably seen changes over the course of your career. Maybe you started installing copper and now you’re working with fiber optic cable. Maybe you now install a wider range of services and equipment than you used to. The housings and enclosures you use have greatly improved and are made from […]

Virtual Private Networks Protect Your Customers Wherever They Are

• • Broadband, data transmission, industry trends

Internet security is a top concern for your customers. As their broadband installer, you provide their first line of defense by supplying lockable enclosures that secure the network against physical threats. You also connect them to online protection provided by their Internet service provider. But some of your customers need additional security tools like Virtual […]

Holiday Wearables Need the Gift of Super Fast Broadband

• • Broadband, industry trends, Media Distribution Hubs, News, Smart Home, Uncategorized

With the holidays approaching, your customers—and maybe you—are going to be shopping for the latest in wearable technology. There are so many exciting new gadgets available – and all of them need a high-speed broadband network to function. Let’s take look at what your customers might be buying. If the number of devices on the […]

Why Software-Defined Networks Matter to the Internet of Things

• • Broadband, fiber management, fiber network, industry trends, Smart Home, Telco

Are you prepared for the future? Knowing what Software-Defined Networks (SDNs) are should be tops on your get-ready list. The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is just starting, and as the adoption of its technologies accelerates, networks need to be flexible and fast. Broadband installers need to prepare network infrastructure with 40- to 100-Gb fiber […]

3 Steps for Successful MDU Broadband Installation

• • Broadband, Cable, ftth, Structured Wiring

A successful MDU broadband installation is an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd. By understanding your customer’s needs, carefully planning your interior installation and using the best quality equipment, you’ll provide a service your customers will recommend again and again. Step 1: Understand Your Customer’s Needs MDU residents want the best possible […]

What’s the Big Deal with Big Data?

• • Broadband, data transmission, industry trends, Telco

Big data has become more popular among companies over the last few years, mostly due to the vast amount of data available from the IoT or Internet of Things, which offers valuable insights into the minds of their customers. Because of this companies have put a high level of importance on the quality of their […]

An Installer’s Guide to Outside Plant Enclosures

• • Broadband, Cable, ftth

Reports on the continued growth of broadband across North America are daily. According to Pyramid Research, the telecommunication market in Canada generated US$42.4bn in revenue in 2015, and will continue to grow through 2020. Industry operators will focus on “increasing broadband penetration and leveraging high speed broadband networks to offer value added services.” This means […]

How does Wi-Fi work?

• • Broadband, industry trends

How many times in your workday do you hear the term WiFi? When you’re on an FTTH install job, when you’re quoting on an FTTP project, when you’re choosing enclosures, when you’re answering customers’ questions, and when you’re reading about it. Maybe 20 to 30 times a day? Google-search “WiFi” and expect 508,000,000 results, give […]

Power Leads Workshop Lineup at CommTech West Show

• • Broadband, Events, Tradeshows

At the recent CommTech West Show in Calgary, Alberta, there were dozens of interesting technical sessions & workshops to attend. Many of them dealing with the subject of power. After all, when it comes to computer networks and data transmission we sometimes forget that it takes electric power to make it all happen! One trending topic is […]

What Every Broadband Installer Needs to Know About VOIP

• • Broadband, data transmission, industry trends

One of the most ubiquitous technologies ever invented is the traditional phone system. Ever since Alexander Graham Bell invented it in 1876, people everywhere have used it to speak to one another. The original system used electricity in copper wire to send two-way analog signals between a transmitter and a receiver. Telephone companies sprung up […]

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CRTC Broadband Availability Map Shows Digital Divide in Canada

• • Broadband, Cable, cabling standards

Photo courtesy CRTC The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) unveiled a new map that shows the availability of broadband Internet access service at or above the target speeds of 5 megabits per second download and 1 megabits per second upload within hexagon areas of 25 square kilometres. One look at this interactive tool quickly […]

What is the Internet of Things?

• • Broadband, fiber network, industry trends, Smart Home

Many people are talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) as if it were the greatest thing to ever happen to the planet, but what is it exactly? The term was first used in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, a director at the Auto-ID Center at MIT. He was describing how the world of computers up […]

How to choose a fiber enclosure for outside plant installations

• • Broadband, fiber management, fiber network, ftth, Smart Home

As fiber networks evolve broadband installers are ­faced with a larger number of potential equipment options. There are several types of fiber networks including point-to-point (P2P), active and passive, all with different requirements. So, when it comes to outside plant installations (OSP) they need a full range of enclosures that are flexible, durable and weatherproof. […]

Telco Trends in 2016

• • Broadband, fiber network, ftth, industry trends

High Speed Networks in 2016 Last year saw significant increases in smart homes and devices as the Internet of Things continued to grow. Along with video streaming, this has caused greater demand for high speed broadband and networking. We look at some developments in high speed networking coming in 2016. Continuing on from 2015, this […]

How Secure is Your Internet?

• • Broadband, fiber network, ftth

For millions of commercial and residential customers, their connection to the Internet is an essential service. So it would probably come as quite a shock to discover just how vulnerable their connection is. For most businesses, a loss of service could stop them being able to function. Residents could lose their phone service and the […]

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What is 4K or UHD Video?

• • Broadband, ftth, industry trends, Video

Yet another reason to get fiber to the home! Meet 4K – the next video standard, named on its approximately 4000 pixel wide resolution. Sometimes it’s called UHD or ultra-high definition, but that doesn’t mean they are same. Like previous video definitions – think HDTV that came in 720p, 1080i and 1080p – there are […]

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What is cloud computing?

• • Broadband, industry trends, Smart Home

So where is this “cloud” everyone is talking about and how does it affect our day-to-day lives? Simply put: the cloud refers to the Internet storing data for us and allowing us to run applications remotely. In the past our computers were autonomous, stored their data locally, and ran all their programs from the local […]

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What’s Inside an Optical Fiber Cable

• • Broadband, data transmission, fiber network, ftth

Fiber is often touted as being much faster than copper, but what exactly does that mean? The main difference between these two types of cable is that one conducts electricity and the other transmits light. The signal in a fiber optic cable travels at the speed light travels through glass, which is approximately two-thirds the […]

What speed is your Internet?

• • Broadband, ftth

The speed of the Internet as it enters a home or business varies widely depending on a number of factors including the type of connection and equipment used. Obviously, the type of connection will make the most difference. Over the years different methods have been used to connect to the Internet, from early dial-up to […]

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What exactly is home run wiring?

• • Broadband, Smart Home, Structured Wiring

  Part one of structured wiring options for home and business connectivity  Family homes, as well as businesses, are now requiring better network solutions for ever-increasing demands for data. As a start, a whole-house network can greatly benefit from an efficient structured wiring plan. What is structured wiring? Structured wiring refers to a system that […]

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Will broadband become a basic utility?

• • Broadband

The question of whether or not broadband Internet service should be considered a public utility is a hot-button issue, especially in the U.S., where the battle over net neutrality rages on. Internet service providers are currently classified as information services, meaning the Federal Communications Commission is unable to regulate them as it does telecommunication utilities […]