Posts Tagged ‘fiber optic’

For the Web Delivered at Light Speed – Go With the Flow

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Replacing routers sounds a lot cheaper and easier than replacing the optical cable infrastructure (plus, they don’t have to tear up my street to replace a router.)

MIT’s brains have figured out how to deliver a faster Internet using optical connections throughout the entire transmission, which could result in a web that’s up to 1,000 times quicker, is cheaper and more power-efficient than what we have now. But any such innovation would require a replacement of the current style of routers used inside the network — an expensive proposition for network operators, many of which are upgrading their infrastructure with bigger and faster routers designed to carry more traffic.

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Verizon testing next-gen 10Gbps FiOS

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

10 Gigs per second?!?! Where do I sign up?




Today, Verizon announced that it had completed a second round of testing of a next-generation optical networking technology, which should eventually become available to its FiOS customers. The tech, called XG-PON, promises performance of up to 10Gbps downstream and 2.5Gbps back up to the Internet, and it operates over existing fiber. As with most network figures, real world performance was substantially lower, but XG-PON still enabled the receiving PCs to reach speeds of over 900Mbps in a performance test.

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Allied Fiber Begins Building National Dark Fiber Ring – 11,548 miles of dark fiber goodness

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Hopefully, this will help bring broadband access to rural areas …


A company by the name of Allied Fiber today announced they have begun construction on a nationwide “neutral” dark fiber and co-location network. The network, which according to the company’s website will be constructed in five phases, will ultimately cover some 11,548 miles. The company’s aggressive plan targets data centers, rural ISPs, wireless companies and long-haul network providers as potential customers. Most interesting perhaps is the company’s focus on the “little guy” — or at least those outfits that have trouble navigating the tollways controlled by AT&T and Verizon:

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Transmode builds fiber optic network for Ishavslink inside Arctic Circle

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Fiber optic networks are reaching even the most remote parts of the world …

Stockholm – Transmode, a leading provider of Optical Networking Solutions, today announced that Ishavslink, a Norwegian regional network operator, has built a digital highway providing the whole Finnmark territory (North-West Norway) with an optical communications network.

Ishavslink has used Transmode's TM-Series optical networking platform and in addition Transmode also project-managed the installation, commissioning and testing of the network. Following the installation of the TM-Series in over 12 hubs, Ishavslink now has the infrastructure that gives regional and international carriers the ability to offer their customers triple-play services, including high-speed broadband, Internet, TV and telephone.

Ishavslink's network stretches over 800 km and reaches 35-40,000 homes with a fiber ring from Kirkenes near the Russian border in the east, to Alta in the West. (See attached map). The fiber ring allows remote communities to stay in touch with the rest of the world. Finnmark is strategically situated at the northernmost part of continental Europe inside the Arctic Circle where Norway meets Russia.

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