We would like to share our long-standing experience and know-how and are starting a new series of blogs covering several cabling-related topics. As the role of network changes due to the increased use of mobile devices, 5G, WiFi 6, Edge computing, and new application, the role of structured cabling is also changing. Making smart, future-proof decisions has become more complicated than ever. R&M would like to share its long-standing experience and know-how and offer advice and support to anyone facing such decisions, or simply looking for information around a certain subject. The first series of blogs will cover the following topics:

Chemical Resistance: network cables and components – need to remain operational for decades, even in harsh environments where they might be exposed to extreme temperatures or chemicals. How to make smart, safe decisions without over-specifying or overspending?

Last-mile cabling deployment methods: there are several ways of getting fiber into the premises. Which options are there? And how do you make the most practical, cost-effective decision without compromising on data speed, latency, and user experience?

Rodent protection: mice, rats, gophers, and squirrels are amongst the greatest threats to indoor and outdoor buried and aerial cabling. Which solutions are currently available, and how much protection do they provide?

Cable shrinking behavior: The outer sheath of a fiber cable has a higher thermal expansion coefficient than its core. High sensitivity to thermal conditions can severely affect the cable and therefore network performance. What are the causes and possible solutions?

R&M is also offering background information and specialist articles on key technology and market trends to facilitate knowledge sharing and informed decision-making. Focus reports examine topics of significance for the planning and future of infrastructures, such as edge computing, All over IP, digitalization, smart cities, and 5G. Trend reports focus mainly on technologies and applications, such as 400G and Single Pair Ethernet.