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Forbes  9 hrs ago  Comment 
Lightower, perhaps next in line for a public debut in the fiber sector, prefers to wait.
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 23  Comment 
The UK wireless operator O2 is moving its infrastructure from leased capacity to dedicated fiber, and they're getting the fiber from Zayo. The two companies completed a 15 year deal for a managed core fiber network that will stretch from Glasgow...
newratings.com  Oct 22  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Fiber optic connectors and interconnect systems maker Amphenol Corp. (APH) Wednesday reported third-quarter net income attributable to the company of $182.21 million or $0.57 per share, higher than $160.8 million or $0.50...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 22  Comment 
Zayo's first move after taking its story public with an IPO last week was close to home.  The Boulder, Colorado-based fiber builder and operator has announced a new fiber buildout in a town it knows quite well: Boulder, Colorado. Zayo plans...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 21  Comment 
We've had a bunch of regional and metro news to look at this morning, here's a quick rundown: Allied Fiber announced a dark fiber customer for its new route along the east coast of Florida. Summit Broadband will use the fiber to further expand...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 21  Comment 
Merit Networks has finally finished off one of the bigger BTOP infrastructure projects, REACH-3MC.  Construction started almost four years ago after the first of two stimulus grants were awarded.   The buildout has added some 2,287 miles of...
Telecom Ramblings  Oct 21  Comment 
Today the world of passive optical networks may be getting a major jolt of potential bandwidth.  Alcatel-Lucent has launched the first Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Network solution, or TWDM-PON.  They see the...
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...




 
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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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