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Telecom Ramblings  Jun 30  Comment 
Time for a quick roundup of data center and cloud news from the past few days: CyrusOne is expanding further out in Phoenix. They've got a new 120,000 square foot shell under construction at its campus there, with completion aimed at late 2015....
Reuters  Jun 29  Comment 
Amphenol Corp , a maker of electronic and fiber optic connectors, said it made a binding offer to acquire Singapore-based electronic connectors maker FCI Asia Pte Ltd for $1.28 billion to...
Mondo Visione  Jun 29  Comment 
Fastback® Networks today announced that Perseus, a leading global provider of managed services for high-precision, high-speed connectivity, has successfully deployed the Fastback Intelligent Backhaul Radio™ (IBR) to extend fiber based services...
Telecom Ramblings  Jun 26  Comment 
TGIF.  I'll be back in full force on Monday after a week on the road out here in sunny California.  In the meantime, here's a bit more catchup after a busy week: On the eastern seaboard, more towers and fiber were mixed this week via some...
New York Times  Jun 25  Comment 
A group of electrical engineers says that sending information in a new fashion could, in theory, double the capacity of fiber-optic circuits.
Telecom Ramblings  Jun 23  Comment 
Next, here's a roundup of some vendor news that's worth a look: Coriant and Teliasonera have been busy testing 400G over in Europe. They've announced a successful field trial on 1,634km of fiber between Paris, Luxembourg, and Frankfurt on which...
Telecom Ramblings  Jun 23  Comment 
I'm a little behind this week, posting from the road in California.  Here's a quick update on some metro news from this week: Zayo has upgraded its Ethernet backbone to 100G. The bigger pipes are being rolled out in markets across their...
Telecom Ramblings  Jun 19  Comment 
Over in Europe, another pan-European fiber operator just might leave the public markets and go private. Colt has received an offer from its majority shareholder, Fidelity, for the 37.6% of the company it doesn't already own. The price tag of...
Benzinga  Jun 18  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, D.A. Davidson analyst James Moorman provided an update on Buy-rated Lumos Networks Corp (NASDAQ: LMOS), as Quadrangle GP Investors continues to reduce its involvement in the company, which now seems “on the path...




 
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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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