Reuters  Dec 12  Comment 
Infrastructure fund F2i is considering a gradual exit from its controlling stake in Italian fiber optic network provider Metroweb and may take a decision on the sale in the...
Benzinga  Dec 11  Comment 
Zayo Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: ZAYO), up nearly 39 percent since its October initial public offering and an analyst said Thursday it's valuation has become too rich. BTIG's Walter Piecyk downgraded Zayo to Neutral, from Buy, and said although...
MedPage Today  Dec 11  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Supplement more effective than fiber at preventing weight gain.
Telecom Ramblings  Dec 10  Comment 
Going into 2014, it looked as if the pace of M&A among competitive network operators focused on metro and regional opportunities would slow down after the torrid pace of the past few years. To an extent that turned out to be true, however there...
Benzinga  Dec 8  Comment 
KPS Capital Partners, LP ("KPS") announced today that its portfolio company Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC ("Expera" or the "Company") has acquired certain assets related to the Old Town Fuel & Fiber pulp mill ("Old Town"). Expera acquired...
Telecom Ramblings  Dec 7  Comment 
This week we got two new listings from the northeast to take a look at. FirstLight Fiber has posted positions for a Field Technician within its upstate New York and northern New England footprint and for a Network Engineer in Albany....
Telecom Ramblings  Dec 5  Comment 
Zayo's next fiber consolidation move is back on this side of the Atlantic, and actually rather far from the coast as well.  The Boulder-based company has agreed to purchase the carrier and enterprise business of IdeaTek. I haven't run into...
Forbes  Dec 4  Comment 
We believe that apart from the inorganic growth in revenue and earnings from the acquisition, the resulting consolidated Optical Communications segment should see considerable revenue accretion driven by growth in China's fiber optics market,...
Southeast Farm Press  Dec 4  Comment 
The technical innovation of cotton growers in Australia and the United States qualifies cotton fiber under the Cotton LEADS program, which promotes the responsible production practices of cotton grown in the two countries, as a 100 percent...  Dec 3  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Cantor Fitzgerald maintained its "hold" rating on Corning with a price target of $18, claiming the company will "modestly" enhance its position in Asia with the acquisition of Samsung's fiber optics business. This...


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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