Commodity Online  Nov 18  Comment 
FBRL has dispatched about 400,000 feet of prefabricated fiber reinforced Gypwall. FBRL is manufacturing 12 mts X 3 mts sized glass fiber reinforced panels making them the world and rsquo;s largest prefabricated panels.
Telecom Ramblings  Nov 17  Comment 
The northeastern fiber operator Lightower Fiber Networks is now not properly called northeastern, having brought fiber to a piece of Dixie. Lightower has completed its 1,100 route mile fiber buildout throughout Virginia and now reaching down into...
Telecom Ramblings  Nov 17  Comment 
On Friday, the FCC took AT&T's show of displeasure toward President Obama's net neutrality stance and turned it around. After AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson publicly pulled the emergency brake on its fiber network rollouts, the FCC wants to know...
Yahoo  Nov 17  Comment 
Japan's Toray Industries said it will be the sole supplier of carbon fiber for Boeing Co's 777X passenger jet in addition to the 787 Dreamliner and expects orders to exceed $8.6 billion for both planes. ...
Telecom Ramblings  Nov 17  Comment 
This week we got a new listing to look at on the Ramblings Jobs board to look at from down south to go with an existing one from up north. Southern Telecom is looking for a Field Support Coordinator in Atlanta, Georgia, coordinating OSP/ISP...
Wall Street Journal  Nov 17  Comment 
The U.S. is selling more cotton abroad, but worries about a global glut of the fiber are keeping prices pinned near five-year lows.
New York Times  Nov 14  Comment 
AT&T’s chairman recently said the company would pause fiber expansion plans until the F.C.C. decided how to regulate broadband internet.
Telecom Ramblings  Nov 14  Comment 
Here's a quick Friday rundown of the news ending the week: Over in the UK, CityFibre is making the leap into wireless backhaul. They've won deals with both EE and Three UK to provide dark fiber connections for wireless backhaul. The rollout...
Forbes  Nov 13  Comment 
One exception is Guillaume Estegassy, a Director of World Wide Internet of Things Business Development at Microsoft Corporation, who said, “I have become so used to presenters who have terribly complicated slides and who do such a poor job of...


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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