Fiber Optics

Dr. Peter J. Winzer Honored for Advancements in Fiber Optic Technology

The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society today announced that Peter J. Winzer of Nokia Bell Labs, USA, is the recipient of the 2018 John Tyndall Award. The award, one of the top honors in the fiber optics community, will be presented at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and ..

Frontier Communications to Help Bridge California's Digital Divide

Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and Frontier Communications have joined together to expand broadband Internet services to digitally unserved and underserved areas in California. Representative Ruiz serves on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and has ..

Arctic Fiber Optic System Provides High-Speed Broadband

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s portion of an international fiber optic system that will eventually link London and Tokyo via the Arctic has been completed, meaning northern Alaska communities are a step closer to having a new broadband option. Crews aboard a submarine installed the last segment ..

Utility to Use Southern Linc LTE Network for Electric Distribution Data Services

Southern Linc, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has entered into an agreement with Dalton Utilities to transmit distribution data via the new “CriticalLinc” mission critical LTE network. The multi-year deal will enable eleven substations in the Dalton, Georgia area to use Southern Linc’s missio..

Nokia and WOW! Deploy Industry's First Virtualized Distributed Access Architecture

Nokia and WOW! today announced the cable industry’s first commercial virtualized Distributed Access Architecture (vDAA) deployment designed to significantly increase the capacity of WOW!’s existing Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial network and help meet exploding bandwidth demands of subscribers. Traditional Hy..

In Allo’s Rapid Digging, Lincoln Encounters Growing Pains

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Allo’s massive digging operation has unearthed a series of public safety and business challenges in Lincoln as its crews hustle to provide high-speed internet citywide. Predictably, contractors installing Allo’s fiber-optic cable have been the main contributors to a surge in th..

Microsoft to Help Expand Rural Broadband in 6 States

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Microsoft announced Thursday it is teaming up with communities in six states to to invest in technology and related jobs in rural and smaller metropolitan areas. Company president Brad Smith launched the TechSpark program Thursday in Fargo, a metropolitan area of more than 200,00..

Peak 10 + ViaWest Data Center Chosen as US Point of Presence for Subsea Cable to New Zealand and Australia

Peak 10 + ViaWest today announced that its Brookwood data center in Hillsboro, Ore. was selected by Hawaiki Submarine Cable as its US point of presence. The cable will stretch more than 14,000 km across the Pacific Ocean and will be the first carrier-neutral, low-latency, fiber optic connection betw..

Utilities Oppose Expanded Use of 6-GHz Spectrum Band

Expanded use of mid-band spectrum by new wireless broadband services could interfere with critical utility networks used for the reliable operation of the nation’s electricity grid, the Utilities Technology Council told the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday. The FCC is inquiring whether it ..

In Appalachia, a Public Broadband Project Hits Snags

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s plan to build one of the country’s largest publicly owned broadband networks was touted as a cornerstone of the effort to save the Appalachian economy by bringing high-speed internet to some of the poorest counties in America. It was supposed to take a year to finis..

Sterlite Tech Launches Dense Network 1152F Cables for Mobile Backhaul

At the India Mobile Congress, Sterlite Technologies today announced the company’s FlashFWD 5G Solution can now be used with 1152F variant cables. FlashFWD 1152F is NABL certified and complies with the latest global standards of IEC.60794 series, ANSI/ICEA S-87-640, Telcordia GR-20, and ITU-T Recomme..

Peak 10 + ViaWest Launches 100 Gigabit Network Connectivity Across America

Peak 10 + ViaWest has launched a new core network backbone featuring 100 Gigabit (Gb) connectivity across nine of its data center and cloud node locations in the United States. This 100Gb backbone increases the company’s network capacity by five times and provides customers with network..

SummitIG to Extend Dark Fiber Network in Northern Virginia

SummitIG today announced it will expand its dark fiber infrastructure throughout Northern Virginia by 50 miles in 2017. The company also expects to increase its 61 on-net buildings to 70. SummitIG’s existing 500-mile fiber optic network includes unique and densely populated infrastructure stretchin..

Mississippi Firm to Expand Internet Offerings Across State

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — C Spire says it will expand internet service in Mississippi. The telecommunications company says it will begin offering wireless internet in 46 communities by year’s end. Speeds will be up to 25 megabits per second, using signals from nearby cell towers. Ridgeland-base..

FCC Head: Storms Teach Lessons on Emergency Communications

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ajit Pai has been to Texas and Florida in recent weeks to learn what lessons hurricanes Harvey and Irma have to offer about how to improve the nation’s emergency communication systems during natural disasters. Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, sa..

Companies Set Subsea Industry Benchmark for Fiber Optic Cable Capacity Reach

Infinera and Seaborn Networks have completed a successful subsea field trial demonstrating the industry’s highest spectral efficiency on an ultra-long-haul subsea cable. The 8QAM trial demonstrated 4.5 bits per second per hertz on Seaborn’s Seabras-1 cable, with a distance of more than 10,500 kilome..

Telemedicine Connects Rural Nevadans to Specialty Care

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Visiting the doctor just got faster, easier and more useful in parts of rural Nevada. That’s because of the Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative, announced Sept. 18 at Desert View Regional Medical Center in Nye County. The $19.6 million federally funded initiative aims to ..

Furukawa Electric to Expand Fiber Optic Cable Production Capacity

Furukawa Electric Company today announced plans to nearly double its 2016 fiber optic manufacturing capacity by 2019 and to also increase its fiber optic cable manufacturing capacity. Between 2014 and 2016, the company increased its global fiber production capacity by 20% and initially planned ..

Florida Senator Asks Telecom Companies to Provide Irma Rebates

(AP) — Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has asked the nation’s largest cable, telephone and internet providers for rebates to Hurricane Irma victims for service interruptions. The Democratic U.S. senator also asked them Thursday for a 60-day moratorium on late fees and other penalties. Nelson wrote to the..

Subsea Cable System Between the US and Brazil Ready for Operations

Seaborn Networks today announced its Seabras-1 subsea cable system is ready for operations. Seaborn’s Seabras-1 is a new 6-fiber pair, 72Tbps submarine cable system that is the first and only direct point-to-point system between São Paulo and New York. Seabras-1 is owned jointly by Seab..

OFS Expands the AccuRibbon® DC Fiber Optic Cable Family

OFS announced it has expanded the AccuRibbon® DC Fiber Optic Cable product family to include fiber counts up to 864. These gel-free ribbon cables will be available in dielectric and metallic/armored versions. Currently, AccuRibbon DC cables are only offered in fiber counts up to 432. OF..

Failed Communications Hampered Response to Wildfires Last Fall

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Newly released records show failed communication systems hampered the response to deadly wildfires in Tennessee last fall. Records that Sevier County began to release Wednesday that wind and fire on Nov. 28 combined to disable cell towers, melt fiber-optic cables and di..

Clearfield's Fiber Optic Technology Now Telcordia Certified

Clearfield, Inc. today announced that its fiber termination process used to manufacture Clearfield LC/UPC 900 μm 1.6 mm and 2.0 mm jumpers and fiber assemblies have been tested by an independent test lab compliant to the Telcordia, GR-326-Core requirements. With the Telcordia GR-326 achievement, the..

Better Broadband Coming to 7 Vermont Towns Thanks to Grants

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — People in seven rural Vermont communities will be getting better broadband internet service thanks to a series of grants through Connectivity Initiative distributed by the Department of Public Service. The Connectivity Initiative works to expand high-speed broadband service s..

BICSI Revises, Updates Telecommunications Project Management Program

BICSI, a worldwide association committed to advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, has released its newly revised Registered Telecommunications Project Management (RTPM) Program. The role of an effective project manager is crucial to the outcome of any successful p..

CommScope Completes Acquisition of Cable Exchange

CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has completed its acquisition of Cable Exchange, a privately-held, quick-turn supplier of fiber optic and copper assemblies for data, voice and video communications. Cable Exchange, based in Santa Ana, Calif., manuf..

Amphenol Telect Unveils New Fiber Distribution Chassis

Amphenol Telect has launched the C2LINX 1RU, a high-density fiber distribution chassis with cable management features designed to fit hyper scale networks in a variety of network environments, including enterprise, telecommunications and cable TV. “We’ve developed a panel that hits the high-den..

Ubiquiti Networks Launches Plug and Play Fiber Optic Technology

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. has launched the UFiber GPON Platform, consisting of the company’s UFiber OLT and the UFiber Nano G Optical Network Unit solutions. The UFiber Platform is designed to enable internet service providers  to quickly build high-speed fiber internet networks for many users and ove..

Clearfield Quadruples Manufacturing Capacity in Mexico

Clearfield, Inc. has quadrupled its manufacturing capacity at its Tijuana, Mexico facility. The expansion will enable the company to lower its cost of product manufacturing while ensuring it continues to provide customers short lead times and on-time deliveries. “Our Mexican manufacturing facilitie..

French Cable Station Museum Is Link to the Past

ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — Lucien Ozon came to Orleans when he was 15, when his father, Clement, moved his wife and seven kids from St. Pierre and Miquelon for a job with a French cable company. The Ozon family represents a pocket of French culture — among about 10 families in town today — that dates fr..