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SeekingAlpha  8 hrs ago  Comment 
ByCobiaman: Alliance Fiber Optic Products (AFOP) is an optical arms merchant to the rapid data center build-out that is happening today at large Web 2.0 companies. AFOP's largest customer is Google, whose data center ramp has driven AFOP's revenue...
Wall Street Journal  Apr 3  Comment 
A federal appeals court overturned DuPont's 2011 victory in a trade-secrets case involving Kevlar, the company's fiber used in bulletproof vests
New York Times  Apr 2  Comment 
The United States is 14th globally when it comes to offering fiber connectivity. Municipalities that offer it are often small or rural.     
StreetInsider.com  Apr 2  Comment 
Visit StreetInsider.com at http://www.streetinsider.com/Guidance/Alliance+Fiber+Optic+%28AFOP%29+Prelim.+Q1+Rev+Top+Expectations/9342012.html for the full story.
Telecom Ramblings  Apr 2  Comment 
Zayo is at it again. No, they didn't buy anyone yet today, I mean on the organic front. For all the fanfare of M&A and consolidation, Zayo's more enduring legacy will be all the fiber they are putting in the ground. The new project is in and...
Telecom Ramblings  Apr 1  Comment 
Here's a quick rundown of some recent metro news from around the sector: In Southern California, Sunesys has picked up 100Gbps worth of metro connectivity. The cloud and managed service provider VPLS is using their metro fiber to span the 40km...
Forbes  Mar 31  Comment 
Cisco forecasts that the global network traffic will increase 23% every year through 2017. In order to support the increasing traffic, sales of optical fiber cables, components and equipment will increase, driving the segment's revenue.
Telecom Ramblings  Mar 28  Comment 
As its nationwide expansion project picks up steam, tw telecom is putting out a few details of the projects in each market. Earlier this week the focus was out in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas, and yesterday it shifted both southeast...
TheStreet.com  Mar 27  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The road to hell has always been paved with good intentions. But these days, apparently, it's being resurfaced with Google Fiber. About two months ago, I found myself in a Provo, Utah, mini-mall. Don't ask. Anyway, there...
Telecom Ramblings  Mar 27  Comment 
tw telecom said yesterday that it is expanding its Colorado footprint to the south of its Denver-area home turf. They've already been in Colorado Springs since 2006, ever since the Xspedius deal closed I believe. But now they'll be doubling their...




 
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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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