Motley Fool  Apr 7  Comment 
Options are a wonderful thing. Here's how Google Fiber is helping consumers.
Jutia Group  Apr 7  Comment 
[Business Wire] - Comcast Business today announced a major proactive expansion of its advanced network across the Denver metro area, providing local businesses with access to new high-speed Internet and fiber optic Ethernet service options. Read...
Motley Fool  Apr 6  Comment 
The cable giant has an aggressive plan for its high-speed service.
Financial Times  Apr 6  Comment 
Google’s Fiber service has spurred companies to build their own superfast networks
Telecom Ramblings  Apr 6  Comment 
New York City has long been one of the most complex and interesting fiber markets in the world.  This past winter we saw some new players enter the market, reversing a long trend of consolidation.  One of those players is Axiom Fiber Networks...
Motley Fool  Apr 4  Comment 
Google Fiber has forced AT&T to lower its 1Gbps Internet price in most cities, but there are still two places where AT&T charges nearly 60% more for the same service.
Telecom Ramblings  Apr 2  Comment 
According to the yearly statflash by Vertical Systems Group, metro fiber passed the 40% threshold this year. Fiber penetration into commercial buildings with 20+ employees has now reached 42.5%, moving up strongly from 39.3% last year. Five years...
Reuters  Apr 2  Comment 
Italian state-backed lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) is ready to buy out Metroweb if talks to sell a stake in the fiber optic network provider end up without success, CDP...


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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