Telecom Ramblings  Oct 8  Comment 
Following quickly on the heels of last week's buildout plans over in Iowa, Yesterday Unite Private Networks announced another expansion on the other side of Missouri River. The midwestern fiber builder and operator plans to build out an...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 7  Comment 
It’s been almost three years now since Lumos Networks split off from nTelos, taking its fiber business on an independent path.  In the time since, they have been expanding their reach both into new geographies and to new opportunities...  Oct 7  Comment 
Televõrgu Deploys ADVA 100G Core in Major Trans-European Network ADVA Optical Networking SE / Televõrgu Deploys ADVA 100G Core in Major Trans-European Network . Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions. The issuer is solely...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 6  Comment 
Zayo has officially kicked off its long awaited IPO, three months after filing its S-1 with the SEC over the summer.  The move will add another major pure fiber play to the markets.  It comes at a time when, a decade after the telecom nuclear...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 6  Comment 
At the end of last week, euNetworks announced that it has refinanced and added some resources to its war chest. They've raised €70M in credit loan facilities from Barclays Bank PLC and RBC Capital Markets, with another €30M available should...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 3  Comment 
In our second look at the fixed wireless segment of the infrastructure business this month, we turn to Canada’s WireIE.  WireIE’s domain lies between the metro where fiber is plentiful and the underserved markets normally beyond its reach,...
Reuters  Oct 3  Comment 
Two shareholders in Italy's fiber optic network provider Metroweb said on Friday they were unaware of any plans to sell a stake in the company owned by infrastructure fund F2i...
Wall Street Journal  Oct 2  Comment 
A survey in six low-income Kansas City, Mo., neighborhoods found just 10% of residents subscribe to Google’s Fiber service despite the company’s efforts.
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 2  Comment 
With its Miami-Jacksonville infrastructure now in place, Allied Fiber says it is ready to finish up the rest of its southeastern route. Construction is now underway on the remaining pieces of their dark fiber buildout between Jacksonville and...


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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