Optical Fiber Specification

Single-Mode Optical Fiber Geometries

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Understanding Optical Fiber Specifications This article in our technical series will focus on single-mode optical fiber geometries. If you subscribed to our Light Post Emails you know we previously covered bandwidth demand drivers and introductory standards as well as fiber optic dispersion.In this article we’ll work our way through a typical fiber specification, highlighting the […]


What is Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)?

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Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) is a technology that enables continuous, real-time measurements along the entire length of a fiber optic cable.  Unlike traditional sensors that rely on discrete sensors measuring at pre-determined points, distributed sensing utilizes the optical fibre. The optical fiber is the sensing element. These systems allow acoustic signals to be detected over […]

A Hollow-Core Fiber Cable for Low Latency Transmission – when microseconds count

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AccuCore HCF™ Optical Fiber Cable is the world’s first terrestrial hollow-core fiber (HCF) cable solution. Light travels about 50% faster in a hollow core optical fiber compared to the solid silica core of conventional fiber. Consequently, light transmitted in a hollow-core fiber arrives 1.54 microseconds faster for each kilometer traveled compared with conventional optical fiber. […]

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The OFS Fiber Connection in The U.S. Virgin Islands

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The co-inventor of optical fiber, Dr. Peter Schultz, is a resident of the Virgin Islands. He was instrumental in convincing the local authorities back in the early 2000’s that the islands needed high-speed connectivity afforded by optical fiber. He assisted in the successful lobbying of federal and local governments to provide funding for the project […]

Fiber Optic Dispersion and other Non-Linear Effects

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This article focuses on the parameters that affect available bandwidth in optical fibers, and the dispersion mechanisms of various fiber types and non-linear effects.  Dispersion describes the process of how an input signal broadens out as it travels down the fiber. There are several types of dispersions that we will cover. We’ll also take a […]

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Bandwidth Drivers and Fiber Optic Standards

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The fiber optic cable world has come a long way over the past 30 years. Products have become more rugged and user friendly, making it easier for people to enter the industry and work handling optical fiber and cable. While this is great for the industry, many people may understand the “how to” but not […]

FTTX Building Optimized Fiber Infrastructure

Optical Fiber Building Solutions

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Optical fiber-to-the-business deployment is accelerating globally to support increasing internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, and 10 Gigabit speeds that are already available in some regions. Service providers are responding by installing optical fiber both to and deep inside buildings to the living unit. The Solutions in this 64-page guide can help […]

FAQ Guide to Laser-Optimized Fiber

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As transmission speeds over optical fiber networks in the enterprise increase to 10 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) and beyond, a relatively new term – “laser-optimized fiber” – has crept into the industry’s vocabulary. What is laser-optimized fiber? What do you need to know about it? And what exactly does the term “laser- optimized” mean? Understanding […]

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Now You See Optical Fiber — Now You Don’t

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How do you make a great fiber optic solution even better? One way is to make the optical fiber less visible while also faster and easier to install. The new InvisiLight® Indoor Living Unit (ILU) 600 Solution from OFS is setting a new benchmark for low-profile visibility. This new solution offers fast and virtually undetectable, […]