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Telecom Ramblings  Oct 20  Comment 
This week we got a new listing to look at on the Ramblings Jobs board to look at from LIT Networks. LIT Networks is looking for a Carrier Sales Representative in its network through Virginia and the Carolinas.  LIT Networks is a network...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 17  Comment 
It finally happened, Zayo took its fiber business public this morning on the NYSE. The stock debuted at $19 and has surged up to $22 thus far. It's a long-awaited reversal of what has been the usual pattern over the past decade where publicly...
Reuters  Oct 17  Comment 
Shares of fiber network company Zayo Group Holdings Inc jumped as much as 20 percent in their market debut on Friday as investors bet on the growing demand from businesses for ultra-fast...
Forbes  Oct 16  Comment 
Four years ago, Google launched a project to bring ultrafast, gigabit-per-second Internet to homes across America. On the one hand, Google wanted to make the Web better for users. On the other, as a business that relied on the Internet for...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 16  Comment 
Some more European fiber infrastructure is changing hands today.  euNetworks has announced the acquisition of Fiberlac, expanding its footprint to both lower latitudes and higher elevations.   Fiberlac has operated a deep intercity dark...
Benzinga  Oct 16  Comment 
Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: LMOS), a fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced that the Company's parallel Network...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 14  Comment 
European fiber operator euNetworks says it has launched a new dc connect service in London. They've investing £8m in pre-deployed infrastructure in order to offer near-instant, scalable, fiber connectivity for enterprises. euNetworks is...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 13  Comment 
Columbus Day weekend and another job listing on the Ramblings Jobs board to look at from Walker & Associates. Walker & Associates is looking for help again in Moose Territory.  That would be Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington &...
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...




 
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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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