Fiber to the People

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New study results released by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council found that fast and reliable fiber broadband increases both rental and property values in multiple dwelling units (MDUs). According to this survey, the availability of broadband service increases rental values by 8 percent and property values in MDUs by 2.8 percent. The study […]


Fiber Here, Fiber There, Fiber Everywhere

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Service providers face unique challenges deploying fiber inside the home to reach Indoor Optical Network Terminals (ONTs).  These customers need products that offer fast and easy fiber installation that blends into the existing décor. To help meet this need, OFS is launching three new, compact Fiber in the Home products:  the InvisiLight® Drop Solution, the […]


Optical Fibers Bring New Medical Applications to Light

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The physical characteristics of high-quality, silica optical fiber make it a natural choice for a broad range of uses, including many in the medical industry.  For example, fiber can provide a very compact, flexible conduit for light or data delivery in equipment, surgical and instrumentation applications. However, users must carefully choose the right optical fiber […]


Changing the Rules of Light

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Physicists have discovered a totally new light form that could change our fundamental understanding of the nature of light and also lead to faster and more secure fiber optic communication. Researchers often measure a light beam through its angular momentum (a constant quantity that measures how much that light is rotating or spinning). Until now, […]


The Search Is On!

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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 […]


Mobilizing America: 5G and the Mobile Future

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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 […]


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

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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 […]


The Heat Is On

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The commercial use of optical fiber in harsh environments is continually growing.  These applications include medical probes that undergo sterilization at elevated temperatures and distributed sensors in oil and gas pipelines and wells exposed to extreme heat and cold.  For these fibers to be used successfully, researchers and manufacturers must address the issues of fiber […]


Gimme Fiber!

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On November 4, the FTTH Councils will celebrate “Gimme Fiber” Day. This annual event showcases the positive impact that optical fiber has had on communities around the world, and what global policymakers can do to help advance the expansion of fiber optic networks. To help commemorate “Gimme Fiber” Day, the FTTH Councils will sponsor a […]


OFS Labs “Tech Talks” Hollow-Core Optical Fiber

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It’s not easy to confine light to an air core fiber using traditional guidance  guidance methods e methods such as total internal reflection. In a new Tech Talk presentation, Brian Mangan of OFS Labs discusses the characteristics of hollow-core single-mode fibers. He also demonstrates the attenuation dependence of these fibers and how, using fibers that […]


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