Fiber Optics

SoCalGas Starts Work on Innovative Fiber-Optic Installation to Monitor Pipelines in Real-Time

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has commenced construction on a first-of-its kind, fiber optic cable installation that will allow the company to monitor the condition of its high-pressure transmission pipelines in real-time. The fiber optic technology is being installed alo..

Cincinnati Bell, Hawaiian Telcom Merger Approved in Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Cable Television Division (CATV) has conditionally approved the transfer of control of Hawaiian Telcom’s cable franchise to Cincinnati Bell Inc.  “We are pleased that our merger approval process is moving forward expeditious..

Fiber Broadband Association Names New Chairman-Elect for 2018

The Fiber Broadband Association has elected Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer of Clearfield, Inc., to the position of Chairman-Elect for 2018. Morgan will serve one year as Chairman-Elect then transition to the position of Chairman of the Board in 2019. This position is critical for leading key ..

Comcast to Expand Fiber-Optic Network in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware

Comcast Business is investing more than $13 million in a major expansion of its fiber-based network throughout Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of network capacity, the fiber optic Ethernet network expansion will support advanced ser..

Seaborn Networks Makes Leadership Changes

Seaborn Networks has added Wilson Otero and Kris Alexander to its board of advisors, and Chris Eldredge and Pete Hayes to the board of directors of Seabras Group, LLC. Seabras is the underlying owner of Seabras-1 between New York—São Paulo and is co-owned by Seaborn and Partners Group, a global pri..

Comcast to Expand Fiber Optic Network in Pennsylvania

Comcast Business today announced it will invest $450,000 to expand its fiber-optic cable network in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of network capacity, the fiber optic Ethernet network expansion will support advanced services and give Comca..

Route Survey Completed for Subsea Fiber-Optic Cable Project

As part of Crosslake Fibre’s project to lay the first subsea fiber-optic cable directly across Lake Ontario, Pioneer Consulting’s oceanographic experts have completed the marine route survey, which will help establish the most reliable route for the project. Once installed, the 60-kilometer cable wi..

Report: Global Fiber to the Home Market to Exceed $27 Billion by 2027

According to a new report published by Future Market Insights, the worldwide fiber-to-the-home market (FTTH) is expected to reach more than $37 billion by the end of 2027. Reasons for this growth include: Growth of smart homes and gadgets Rising awareness regarding various advantages offered by..

Meet the World’s Fastest and Most Powerful Temporary Fiber-Optic Network

Most high-speed, high-bandwidth networks consist of fiber optic cable that is permanently installed in protective walls, ceilings and flooring, or buried underground in thick, waterproof conduits. But building the world’s fastest and most powerful temporary network from the ground up each year for t..

Fiber Optic Sensing Association Releases Interactive Map Highlighting Global Installations

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) has released an interactive map providing a geographic breakdown of more than 1,300 installations of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) around the world.  The data reflects the largest representative sample ever published. Key insights include: ..

Vermont Town Proposes Joint Venture Purchase of Telecom Utility

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington officials have directed the two buyers vying for the city’s Burlington Telecom utility to figure out a joint venture proposal. The Burlington Free Press reports Councilor Ali Dieng proposed the joint venture Monday night after the two votes to decide a final buyer ..

Companies to Build First Subsea Fiber-Optic Route Between U.S. and India

Seaborn Networks and IOX Cable Ltd have entered into a joint-provisioning agreement to provide the first next-generation subsea fiber-optic route between the U.S and India that will interconnect in South Africa and Brazil. Once completed, the project will connect Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1, a subs..

Campaign Against Fort Collins Internet Plan Spends $451000

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Campaign finance reports show opponents of a proposal to let the city of Fort Collins set up its own high-speed internet system have spent more than $451,000 to fight the plan. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported Saturday the spending was paid for in part by a $175,000 d..

C Spire Launches Ultra-Fast 1 Gbps Internet Access Initiative for Mississippi Businesses

As a part of the company’s Tech Movement initiative, C Spire today announced it will hold two upcoming meetings in Tupelo, Mississippi to discuss ways to make affordable, ultra-fast broadband Internet access widely available to consumers and businesses across the state. More than 1,300 local busine..

Company to Build Optical Submarine Cable Connecting Japan, U.S. and Philippines

NTT Communications Corporation, as part of a consortium comprising SoftBank, Facebook, Amazon, PLDT and PCCW Global, has signed an agreement to participate in the construction and maintenance of the JUPITER large-capacity low-latency optical submarine cable between Asia and the United States. The J..

Fiber Optic Installation Completed in Nebraska

Great Plains Communications has completed a seven-mile fiber optic cable build to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park near Orchard, Nebraska. The 360-acre park is home to numerous skeletons of prehistoric animals – including rhinos, camels, three-toed horses and birds – preserved in the area w..

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..