Telecom Ramblings  May 6  Comment 
Fiber, that is. Lumos Networks is introducing a dark fiber offering, shifting its approach to the networking business to include a lower gear. Meanwhile, the company posted revenues and earnings for the first quarter that met guidance and exceeded...
Reuters  May 5  Comment 
Orange has begun talks with several potential buyers for parts of Jazztel's fiber network, which it has agreed to sell to get regulatory approval for the takeover of the Spanish...
Telecom Ramblings  May 5  Comment 
Last week was truly a remarkable one for M&A transactions and other strategically important developments in the world of Bandwidth Infrastructure, so we took the opportunity to sit down with Bank Street Group’s James Henry (JH), Richard Lukaj...
Telecom Ramblings  May 4  Comment 
Contributed by Charlie Reed & Rajive Keshup, ATLANTIC-ACM Fiber market on fire In the last week, we have seen ~$3B of transaction value between the Crown Castle/Sunesys and Lightower/Fibertech transactions at multiples as high as ~15x...
Telecom Ramblings  May 4  Comment 
Three new job listings this past week on the Ramblings Jobs board from the northeast, and yes it's from the consolidator of the week. Lightower Fiber Networks is looking for a Principal Network Architect, Optical Architect, and a Data...
Telecom Ramblings  May 1  Comment 
Two announcements this week shook up the metro fiber markets in the USA this week: Lightower is taking out Fibertech for $1.9B, while Crown Castle is buying Sunesys for $1B. That's a significant amount of fiber changing hands, and it's worth...
Biomass Magazine  Apr 30  Comment 
Sustainable agribusiness leader, Aloterra, and compostable foodservice ware innovator, World Centric, are jointly developing and marketing a new line of certified compostable foodservice ware made from Miscanthus plant fiber.
Forbes  Apr 30  Comment 
Corning announced its first quarter 2015 results on Tuesday, April 28. The company's GAAP revenues declined 1% due to currency-related headwinds. However, its core sales improved 4%, to reach $2.43 billion, driven by growth at its Optical...  Apr 30  Comment 
NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Acquisitions of independent fiber networking companies continue, with Crown Castle International's announcement Thursday that it would buy Sunesys from Quanta Services for $1 billion. The deal follows Lightower Fiber...
Telecom Ramblings  Apr 30  Comment 
In the previous article today about Crown Castle's plans to purchase Sunesys, I wondered what else might be on their shopping list after two deals in the past 8 months. Well, as an alert reader pointed out, it turns out that should have been three...


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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