Forbes  9 hrs ago  Comment 
A maker just created a home built Millennium Falcon drone that has taken off in social media.  The drone is built around a carbon fiber quadcopter frame with foam parts and it is most definitely not a "piece of junk." Not only does this drone...
Telecom Ramblings  11 hrs ago  Comment 
Zayo has been moving quickly to make use of the assets it acquired over in Europe last year.  This morning the announced plans to expand across the Irish Sea over to Dublin, lighting various dark fiber assets along the way. The purchase of...
NPR  Feb 3  Comment 
An expert panel says white potatoes "contribute useful quantities of potassium and fiber" to diets. Reversing an earlier position, the panel says spuds should be included in WIC, a food aid program.
Telecom Ramblings  Feb 3  Comment 
Since its acquisition of Cbeyond last year, one question outstanding -- at least for me -- has been what they would do with the fiber initiatives of the acquired company. Today, Birch in fact revealed a further expansion of its fiber footprint in...
Telecom Ramblings  Jan 29  Comment 
I spent the last few days at Metro Connect wearing out both my ears and my voice.  It's always a great event, where the metro fiber industry's leaders get together and talk straight both in private and in public.  Some of the northeastern...
Telecom Ramblings  Jan 29  Comment 
Just when you might have started thinking it was a feint, Google Fiber is expanding again. Along with Kansas City, Provo, and Austin, the upstart FTTH project announced it will take on four more metro areas. And they're some of the biggest markets...
Benzinga  Jan 28  Comment 
Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) plans to build fiber networks are proceeding slower than expected in the face of doubts about the company's use of capital, an analyst said Wednesday. The search giant on Tuesday unveiled plans to expand the service...
Telecom Ramblings  Jan 28  Comment 
Allied Fiber has won a big dark fiber contract for its ongoing fiber roll-out in the southeast.  Spanish-based Telefonica is coming ashore in North America and onto some new terrestrial dark fiber, taking up residence on Allied Fiber's growing...
Benzinga  Jan 27  Comment 
Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO), an international provider of dark fiber products, today announced the completion of a dark fiber route between the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Data Center facility at 1700 MacArthur Blvd in Mahwah, New...


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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