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Telecom Ramblings  8 hrs ago  Comment 
Three and a half months after announcing plans to acquire Fibertech Networks, Lightower followed through and closed the $1.9B deal.  The combined company has some 30K route miles of fiber and 15K on-net locations, 5K of which are towers. The...
Wall Street Journal  Aug 12  Comment 
The San Francisco Bay Area has suffered more than a dozen attacks on its fiber optic infrastructure over the past year. Authorities have yet to nail down a motive, let alone a culprit, creating an unusual cyber whodunit.
Telecom Ramblings  Aug 12  Comment 
I'm still on the road this morning, and will be tomorrow as well, so I'm still catching up a bit.  Here's another roundup of some news from yesterday: Yesterday saw an M&A move in the Virginias. ShenTel has entered a definitive agreement to...
Telecom Ramblings  Aug 10  Comment 
This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net. Major telecom and ICT companies including PT Telkom Indonesia, PT Indosat and XL Axiata have all registered to take part in a bid for a $246.7...
Telecom Ramblings  Aug 6  Comment 
Along with its Q2 results, Lumos today announced a new market launch, brought a key data center campus on-net, and revealed a $150M cash infusion from the private equity world. Lumos has been putting more and more of its effort into expanding its...
CNNMoney.com  Aug 5  Comment 
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TechCrunch  Aug 5  Comment 
 While this news isn’t exactly exciting for me just yet, being in San Francisco, Google has announced its next expansion city for Fiber…San Antonio. This is the first announcement since the end of January, when Google announced that Fiber...
Telecom Ramblings  Aug 5  Comment 
Earnings season continues, and this morning we got a Q2 report from euNetworks, which has long been our unencumbered window into the fiber infrastructure business over in western Europe.  euNetworks posted a quarter of solid organic growth...
Telecom Ramblings  Aug 3  Comment 
The buildout of the second transatlantic cable system since the bubble is about to commence.  AquaComms said this morning that TE Subcom is now loading the rolls of fiber onto the cable-laying ship Reliance up in New Hampshire. AEConnect is...




 
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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.


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