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Telecom Ramblings  Jul 27  Comment 
Another summer job listing landed on the Ramblings Jobs board this past week, and again it is up in the Northeast. FairPoint Communications is looking for a Senior Accounts Manager, responsible for maintaining and growing existing revenues...
newratings.com  Jul 22  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Fiber optic equipment maker Infinera Corp. (INFN) Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $17.9 million or $0.13 per share, up from $4.8 million or $0.04 per share last year. Adjusted earnings for the quarter rose...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 22  Comment 
In its second fiber-to-the-tower-powered expansion in two weeks, Zayo announced this morning a significant expansion of its outpost in Nashville, Tennessee.  Last week Zayo revealed a similar metro expansion in and around Seattle, after focusing...
Forbes  Jul 22  Comment 
The Woolmark Company, one of the most well regarded names in the textile industry, aims to promote Merino wool, an Australian fiber that is utilized by most fashion brands—some more innovatively than others. Through it’s International Woolmark...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 21  Comment 
PEG Bandwidth has found an inorganic way to grow its network in the MidAtlantic. This morning they announced an asset acquisition, purchasing a 48-mile fiber network from W.L. Gore & Associates.  Gore & Associates, among other things, is the...
Reuters  Jul 20  Comment 
Buyout group KKR is acquiring a majority stake in German fiber-optic network operator Deutsche Glasfaser from Dutch investor Reggeborgh, the groups said in a statement.
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 20  Comment 
Another summer job listing landed on the Ramblings Jobs board up in the Northeast. FirstLight Fiber is looking for Sales Account Executives across its footprint in upstate New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  This November it will be 5...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 20  Comment 
Another summer job listing landed on the Ramblings Jobs board up in the Northeast. FirstLight Fiber is looking for Sales Account Executives across its footprint in upstate New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  This November it will be 5...
New York Times  Jul 20  Comment 
Carbon fiber frames have led to a surge of fakes that can be difficult to detect and dangerous for riders.




 
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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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