Fiber use, speeds growing

Fiber technology improves and investments continue to increase.

By Max Burkhalter
December 9, 2013

As the speed capabilities of fiber optic cables increases, so too does the adoption of it for network infrastructure. According to Design World, several recent innovations are impacting the fiber optic industry, with DARPA researchers reducing the minimal size of fiber further than before and other developments.

In Switzerland, two researchers at the EPFL have discovered a way to reduce the space between light pulses in fiber optic cabling, which could help optimize cable usage and minimize signal interference within fiber strands. Of course, these two new stories combined could mean more efficient cable coming in the future, with enhanced speeds and capacities for data transfer.

According to Crazy Engineers, the research at EPFL would enhance the capacity of fiber-optic networks by up to 10 times, carrying more data over faster speeds in the long run. This is particularly important for enhancing FTTH deployments and smart grid solutions that integrate fiber, optimizing the benefits they provide for businesses and consumers. For enterprises integrating fiber into their production and IT networks, the improved cabling would also be a boon.

This news is further expanded upon by a recent report from Global Industry Analysts. The study indicates that demand for high-quality fiber optic deployments is increasing, revolutionizing the cable market on multiple fronts. Consumers want fiber optics for the faster bandwidth it can provide, while businesses want it to support more robust technologies. Global Industry Analysts report indicates that the fiber optic connectors market in particular is expected to show the fastest CAGR of 14 percent over the next few years, driven by investments from the telecommunications industry, governments and increased use of high-quality fiber media converters by end users.

Investing in high-quality fiber to copper media converters is essential for optimizing networks with new cables and getting the most out of these deployments. With the right Ethernet media converter solutions in place, FTTH, enterprise and all other networks that can benefit from fiber will be able to harness the true power of these cables and any newer developments that come along.

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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