Category Archives: Telecommunications

Fueling the Next Information Revolution

Silicon photonics technology is coming to market at a time of momentous change for Internet content providers, data centers, chip and optical components manufacturers and telecom service providers.

In fact, silicon photonics (SiP) is set to change a number of these industries, as a new book co-authored by Daryl Inniss of OFS explains.  Silicon Photonics: Fueling the New Information Revolution outlines the history of SiP development along with the many roles that this technology will play in the future.

The authors cover key topics including the latest research assessing SiP development and prospects; how SiP addresses the challenges of managing bandwidth over distances and within systems; and potential applications of SiP, including servers, data centers and the Internet of Things (IOT).

To read and learn more about this book, click here.

The Top 10 Myths About Submarine Networks

Sharks will eat submarine cables. Actually, sharks don’t seem to like the taste of these cables.

While submarine cables carry a tremendous amount of the world’s data, the “prevailing wisdom” about undersea networks suffers from many common fallacies. These misconceptions range from myths surrounding past technologies to those that involve “toothy” marine life.

A recent article in Lightwave helps to debunk the top 10 myths around submarine networks. To read more, click here.

 

A Halloween Blackout in New England

 

In the United States, Halloween is a time when young children dressed as tiny ghosts, goblins and even superheroes knock on neighborhood doors, repeatedly yelling the benign threat of “trick or treat.”

With Halloween retail spending  projected to reach $8.4 billion in 2016, this night has also become one of the biggest unofficial holidays of the year for adults, with parties and celebration galore.

However, on another Halloween night not so long ago, millions of unsuspecting New Englanders had no warning that a true utilities nightmare was about to unfold.

We invite you to read on as guest blogger Natasha Juhasz (OFS Social Media, PR and Project Manager), weaves her tale of “A Halloween Blackout in New England.”

New Fiber Optic Cable Helps to Speed Deployment with Direct Outdoor-to-Indoor Routing

OFS will launch the newest addition to its growing Premises Cable product line at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio next week.

Specifically designed to offer high-fiber density and speed of deployment in the backbone of Data Center and Central Office networks, the new AccuRiser™ Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable allows cables to be terminated only as needed.  This capability helps to eliminate the costly splicing of OSP cables at the building entrance, while also freeing up limited space and helping to save on time, an essential factor to efficient installation.

To see and learn more about the AccuRiser Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable, visit OFS booth # 333 at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio, September 11-15. The following links offer access to the product data sheet and white paper on this new cable.

The Search Is On!

Have an exceptional new product or project?  If so, Cabling Installation & Maintenance is looking for you!

The 2016 Cabling & Installation Maintenance Innovators Awards celebrate the most outstanding and innovative cabling and communications technology products, applications and projects at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

With the deadline for submission on May 25, learn more by CLICKING HERE.

Mobilizing America: 5G and the Mobile Future

On May 18, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Mobile Future will present a free webinar discussing the power and promise of 5G wireless networks.

With 5G on the horizon, the global race to lead the world in this next wireless revolution is underway.  Webinar presenters include Jim Kohlenberger, former White House Technology Advisor to two presidents and member of the Mobile Future Board of Advisors, and Jonathan Spalter, Chair of Mobile Future.

To learn more and participate in this webinar, please CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Emerging Subsea Networks: The Search for High Capacity and Long Reach

To support the exponential growth of global data traffic, 100 Gb/s submarine transmission systems are being installed in transoceanic links. These systems offer capacity up to ~10 Tb/s on a single core fiber using a C-band Erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA).

However, there are distinct challenges involved in developing and deploying high-capacity transoceanic distance transmissions systems. One issue is the need to improve optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) within the entire C- and L-bands.  Another limitation lies in delivering electrical power to the offshore equipment supplying EDFA pumps.  In addition, long haul undersea submarine systems are typically much longer than terrestrial systems and have unique requirements for fiber optic cables and repeaters used in harsh subsea environments.

In a new white paper presented at SubOptic 2016, OFS and OFS Labs researchers discuss key fiber and amplifier technologies that help users to achieve high capacity and long reach for submarine transmission systems. These technologies include ultra-large-effective area, low loss optical fibers and their impact on performance, along with key amplification techniques for both repeatered and repeaterless submarine systems.

To read this paper and learn more, CLICK HERE.

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2016 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Recognizes OFS Products

Two OFS fiber optic products have obtained recognition by the 2016 Lightwave Innovation Reviews. In these reviews, LaserWave® FLEX WideBand Multimode Fiber received a score of 4.5 out of 5 points and the InvisiLIght® Optical Solutions earned a score of 3.5 points.

According to Lightwave, the competitive, unbiased Innovation Reviews program celebrates the most original and innovative products in the optical networking industry. The panel of third-party judges included executives from Verizon, LightCounting Market Research, Cisco, Lumentum and Huawei. In addition, the criteria used in the Innovation Reviews rankings included unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability.

To read and learn more, please go here.

How ADSS Cable “Lost the Gel”

Over the past decade, the fiber optic industry developed and quickly accepted the use of completely gel-free (“dry”) loose tube cables for general use. Referred to as “dry-dry,” these cables use superabsorbent powders to prevent water ingress into a cable instead of traditional oil-based filling and flooding compounds. Now completely gel-free technology has arrived in the ADSS cable arena.

On March 18, Dr. Tim Goddard of OFS will present an IWCS-sponsored webinar on the development and commercial deployment of a totally dry ADSS loose tube cable family. This presentation will cover the key design factors considered in development and the comprehensive test program performed to ensure the suitability of these cables for use in the field.

To register for this complimentary webinar and learn more on the IWCS webinar series, please go HERE.

Making the Right Optical Fiber Choice: Single-Mode or Multimode?

Cloud computing and web services continue to drive the need for greater network bandwidth. In fact, this demand is pushing the data communications rates for both enterprise and data center networks up to 100G and beyond.

Given these higher speeds in mind, premises system designers may believe that single-mode fiber holds a growing advantage over multimode fiber. However, higher Ethernet transmission speeds alone do not automatically make single-mode fiber the right choice.

Network developers must consider a variety of factors such as bandwidth, reach and cost-effectiveness. And, with the introduction of bend-insensitive fiber and Wideband Multimode Fiber, it makes sense to revisit the Issue of multimode versus single-mode fiber.

A new white paper by OFS’ Tony Irujo offers a fresh perspective on making the right fiber choice for your premises network.

Get the full story HERE.