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Fiber optics a top green technology for 2014

By Donna Donnowitz
January 2, 2014

Among the green trends expected to see major growth in 2014, investments into fiber-optic cabling and networks are near the top of the list. According to Green Fudge, fiber-optic technologies are the No. 2 green technology that consumers and businesses are likely to invest in this year, with some areas accelerating their deployments of new cables and network infrastructure.

The surge in fiber-optic product popularity is driven by the same benefits as before - energy efficiency, lower maintenance costs and reduced cabling heat. However, increased viability of fiber optics use allows firms to advance their deployment of cabling in new areas, such as lighting, networking and even consumer products like Christmas trees. According to the news source, new light bulbs and fiber-optic strand Christmas trees were a popular consumer item toward the end of 2013, and increased purchases are expected in 2014 as well.

Of course the largest deployment of fiber-optic cabling and related technologies, such as fiber to Ethernet converters and other hardware, is based onFTTH investments. From Internet to smart grid improvements, providers are offering new and improved solutions for households to optimize their economic impact and carbon footprint. Fiber-optic cabling adds to these green initiatives and allows firms to reduce the cost of deployments while optimizing their efforts one step further. The elimination of copper wiring expedites eco-friendly efforts while promoting use of new and advanced technologies for a cleaner earth.

Regardless of the investments a firm makes toward going green, fiber optics can help achieve these goals and further them by supporting future infrastructure improvements. Electronic vehicles, automated households and reduced energy usage across the board will be other major trends in 2014, and fiber-optic technology supports them all. Rather than reduce the viability of going green, businesses and consumers are looking to really make an impact. Any green initiative is a positive one, and fiber optics helps achieve them in a number of different areas.

Investing in media converters and other equipment to extend the versatility and range of fiber deployments will help companies achieve these goals sooner, support future deployments and deliver quality service to consumers looking to see everything from high-speed Internet to advanced energy management.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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