Telecom Ramblings  11 hrs ago  Comment 
As vacation season draws to a close, news in the sector should start to pick up in September.  Nevertheless, there's plenty going on if you look hard enough.  Here's a few more items from this week: In the Great Lakes region, 123Net has been...
Telecom Ramblings  Aug 25  Comment 
A new regional player is taking shape in the Midwest.  The investment group Anderson Pacific and the fiber operator Neutral Path have combined assets to relaunch with greater reach and a wider service portfolio. Neutral Path had built out a...
Benzinga  Aug 18  Comment 
In a new report, Northland Capital Markets analyst Tim Savageaux discussed the trading opportunity associated with the current 100G optical upgrade cycle. Northland initiated coverage on a number of names in the space and sees a long-term cyclical...
Telecom Ramblings  Aug 18  Comment 
Today there was a regional fiber consolidation event out west. Integra has stepped off the sidelines and agreed to acquire opticAccess LLC. opticAccess is a fairly new name in the sector, having been founded in 2012. The company has 3,546 route...
Benzinga  Aug 17  Comment 
Parkway Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PKY) announced today that it has signed a deal with Google Fiber Inc., a subsidiary of Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), to bring its Small Business Gigabit Internet service to Parkway customers. Google Fiber will provide...
Telecom Ramblings  Aug 13  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...


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

Companies in the Fiber optics Industry (1)

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