Telecom Ramblings  11 hrs ago  Comment 
Zayo announced today that will be taking over the network oversight and support for Colorado's EAGLE-Net Alliance. EAGLE-Net is a quasi-governmental organization aimed at getting fiber to the harder to reach parts of Colorado -- which pretty much...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 17  Comment 
TGIF, with some nice weather ahead for the weekend I hope.  Here's a quick rundown of some other news from this week that needs mentioning: We had a little bit more fiber M&A activity yesterday in the upper Midwest between two companies that...
Wall Street Journal  Jul 11  Comment 
U.S. regulators proposed new rules Friday to make sure carriers like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. keep offering the same level of service as they replace their aging copper networks with fiber.
Automotive World  Jul 10  Comment 
Ford Shelby® GT350R is the most track-capable Mustang ever and the first vehicle from a major automaker to offer carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment Ford Performance developed ultra high-performance wheels on the most track-ready street...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 8  Comment 
When Zayo bought Latisys, they acquired more than mere colocation space. They also added some cloud services, and I wondered at the time what the company might have in store for them. Today Zayo started to answer that question as it relaunched...
Forbes  Jul 8  Comment 
Forbes rides on Netscape cofounder Jim Clark's Comanche, 100 feet of carbon fiber designed for speed.
TechCrunch  Jul 7  Comment 
 Whether they’re actually fully safe or not yet for your own joyriding, Google’s self-driving cars are pretty damn cool. It looks like people other than Googlers and journalists will get to take a look, as the company has shared that Austin,...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 7  Comment 
When Tiger Infrastructure Partners moved in with Hudson Fiber Network last September, I wondered what the company might use its new resources on. We learned the answer to that question today, as the company revealed an expansion into the dark...  Jul 6  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Alliance Fiber Optic had a good story to tell Monday. Investors liked what they heard but they were less enamored with the diversified media company Emmis Communications .  Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is...


Fiber optics are lines of thin glass or plastic that can send digital information by transmitting light signals. Optical fibers have the diameter of a human hair and are bundled up into optical cables. The fiber optic network is the next step in telecommunication network technology. Optical fiber is superior to the traditionally used copper wiring in essentially every category. The dominance of sending information using digital vs. voice technology also plays right to the capability of fiber optics. Fiber optics are being used most notably in telecommunications, but there use spreads to the medical, cable, defense, and engineering industries.

The Difficulty with Fiber Optics

Network Installation: Making the actual optical fiber is cheaper than copper wiring, but installing fiber optics into a network is another story. In the 16 states that Verizon is introducing its FiOS system, the company reported that it plans on spending close to $23 billion from 2004 to 2010 in network installation. [1] It costs telecom companies about $1000 per subscriber to install the fiber to the home FTTH . [2] This is mainly why fiber optics has seen most of its use in network backbones and not as much popularity in the final distance to buildings and homes.

Fiber Flexibility: There was a concern with fiber optics because its glass or plastic composition made it difficult for it to be installed in buildings or areas that required sharp turns. However, this problem was solved somewhat as Corning (GLW) developed a bendable fiber in 2007.

  1. Fiber Optics: Bringing the Next Big Thing to New York
  2. The Pros and Cons of Fiber Optics
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