Telecom Ramblings  7 hrs ago  Comment 
Late last week we had a bit of fiber consolidation in the far northeast between two companies that historically haven't gotten much attention.  Oxford Networks and BayRing Communications have agreed to a deal in which the two companies will merge...
Telecom Ramblings  Jun 3  Comment 
As Allied Fiber prepares for the formal launch of its Atlanta-Miami route later this month, they have picked up a high profile customer on the southern half of it.  Windstream has signed on for a fiber IRU on 360 route miles between Miami and...
Telecom Ramblings  Jun 3  Comment 
This article was authored by Don Sambandaraksa, and was originally posted on A regional information superhighway from the Pacific to Europe is the missing link to tuckling Asia’s digital divide according to a panel...
Telecom Ramblings  Jun 2  Comment 
Zayo Group has unveiled plans to build longhaul dark fiber up the eastern seaboard, expanding further the company's intercity fiber buildout plans.  The new route will stretch across 800 miles between Atlanta and the Washington D.C. metro...
Telecom Ramblings  May 28  Comment 
Several interesting news items came out yesterday that are worth a quick look and comment: EdgeConneX has a new fiber partner down in south Florida. FiberLight has built out its fiber and lit network into the company's new edge data center in...
MedPage Today  May 27  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- European study confirms results obtained in U.S.
Telecom Ramblings  May 27  Comment 
Just a bit over a month after formally launching its transatlantic cable plans, AquaComms has its funding in hand.  Yesterday they closed the financing for AEConnect and brought into force the contract with TE SubCom to build the cable system....
Telecom Ramblings  May 26  Comment 
We have one last earnings report for the first quarter left to look at.  The pan-European fiber operator euNetworks may no longer be listed on the Singapore exchange, but are still reporting their numbers.  And it was a pretty strong quarter,...
Telecom Ramblings  May 25  Comment 
Texas is one of the country’s biggest and fastest-growing markets in general, and that goes for bandwidth and Internet infrastructure as well.  As one of the few remaining independent, regional fiber operators in the Southwest, Alpheus...
Telecom Ramblings  May 21  Comment 
Wave Broadband has been one of the most active alternative network operators over the past few years, and now they have some additional firepower to work with. The company says it has raised a tidy sum of $130M through the sale of corporate bonds,...


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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