Cellular News  4 hrs ago  Comment 
WILMINGTON, N.C.andnbsp;ATandamp;T1andnbsp;is now offering internet service starting with a 1 gigabit connection2 on our 100% fiber network powered by ATandamp;T FiberSM to customer locations in parts of the Wilmington area. Click here for more.
New York Times  May 24  Comment 
As fiber intake increased, the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis decreased, a new analysis found.
Cellular News  May 24  Comment 
FARIBAULT, Minn. The growth in mobility, video content and cloud computing demand is requiring the transformation of legacy networks to facilitate rapid scalability and reduced operational costs.andnbsp; Facilitating this transformation will...
Biomass Magazine  May 23  Comment 
Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are converting waste lignin into carbon fiber and other products. The team fractionates lignin so that the high molecular weight fraction can be used for carbon fiber, with other fractions used for bioplastics.
Cellular News  May 23  Comment 
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world's first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced that Globecast signed a multi-year agreement with the company to distribute the English...
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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announces its Government Solutions segment will be exhibiting May 23rd through 25th at the Space Tech Expo 2017, showcasing cost-effective X/Y antenna pedestal technology for...
Cellular News  May 18  Comment 
andnbsp;LightBound, an Indiana -based ISP and datacenter services provider, is pleased to announce the availability of fiber-based Internet service in The Union 525, Indy's newest "Tech Space". The former Eli Lilly property, located at 525 S....
The Hindu Business Line  May 17  Comment 
Asianet Broadband, part of Asianet Satellite Communications, has announced the launch of GIGA Fiber 200 in Kozhikode. It will be offered on all new optical fiber network that will cover 45,000 hom...
Cellular News  May 16  Comment 
SAN DIEGO andLightPointe, a leading manufacturer of millimeter wave point-to-point radios and laser bridges used for ultra high capacity building-to-building connectivity, continues its leadership in 80 GHz backhaul radios by...


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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  2. The Pros and Cons of Fiber Optics

Companies in the Fiber optics Industry (1)

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