CommScope has completed what it says is the world’s first installation of network capacity-boosting wideband multimode fiber (WBMMF) at the Golden 1 Center, the future home of the Sacramento Kings franchise of the National Basketball Association. CommScope’s LazrSPEED 550 WideBand Multimode Fiber forms the cabling backbone in the arena’s data center and, along with other equipment, will support all wired and wireless communications within the stadium.
“Golden 1 Center will be the smartest and most connected venue in the world, providing a seamless and intuitive experience for our fans and attendees,” said the Sacramento Kings' chief technology officer, Ryan Montoya. “We believe connectivity is critical to the venue experience of the future, and CommScope’s network technology was the best choice to make that a reality.”
Wideband multimode fiber is a technological advancement of signal transmission capacity in fiber-optic cables, which, in combination with wavelength division multiplexing, allows for a reduction in the number of fibers needed and an increase in total channel capacity. WBMMF optimally supports the use of multiple wavelengths, reducing parallel fiber counts by at least a factor of four. For example, it supports two-fiber Ethernet at 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps), 100 Gbps, and in the future, 200 Gbps, as noted by CommScope.
WBMMF fiber was recently standardized by the Telecommunications Industry Association in a specification known as TIA-492AAAE, and is also approved for use in cabling by the emerging revision of the North American structured cabling standard known as ANSI/TIA-568.3-D. In addition, CommScope recently received third-party certification of its measurement bench used to determine bandwidth compliance of LazrSPEED 550 WideBand fiber over the full target wavelength spectrum.
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