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Fiber rising in response to video

By Donna Donnawitz
December 24, 2012
Around the holidays, you may divert more of your fiber-optic cable thinking to specialty lights for Christmas trees and other decorations. These bright, color-changing examples of contemporary decor have left many a child gawking at the things light can do when in the right kind of cable. But more importantly, fiber-optic network cables using light for data transmission could become much more prominent during the next few years.

According to a recent study from Bell Labs, video use is rising at a rapid pace. At the same time, mobile devices also gaining importance. As a result, networking needs are changing and upgrades in backhaul and edge infrastructure are on the rise.

Within this environment, fiber-optic cabling systems could be the answer.

The rise of mobile and video
So you may have noticed that more people are complaining about having to use DVDs and be shackled to television broadcast schedules to watch their favorite shows. Some households are going disk-less. Other individuals are putting all of their television in the cloud or streaming it from the web. According to the study, this will become much more common, as will video use as a whole. Currently, the average American views approximately 4.8 hours of video daily. By 2020, that figure will expand to approximately seven hours.

At the same time, the average U.S. resident watches approximately 33 percent of their video content through the web, with broadcast television still more common. When 2020 rolls around, 70 percent of all video will be viewed through the web, the news source explained.

Furthermore, video will increasingly be viewed on mobile devices moving forward. This creates an environment in which businesses and telecoms will have to rethink how they establish their network edge systems and backhaul infrastructure, the study found.

Media conversion to the rescue
One of the greatest challenges when establishing mobile backhaul or network edge systems is the need for high-bandwidth support in a media format that can interact with the core network systems. This can be extremely difficult to attain because most mobile towers and corporate networks are built on copper. Fiber to Ethernet media converters can enable high-performance functionality by providing interoperability between fiber and copper, allowing telecoms and businesses to use fiber where needed without creating operational problems down the line.

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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