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A Simple Guide to Cable Standards and Specifications

Characteristics of Different Cable Standards and Specifications: The characteristics of different cabling options are by their nature complicated to capture in a simple manner. That is why there are pages and pages of specifications that cover them in detail. However in an attempt to provide a very simple guide, below are short descriptions of the cable […]

Fiber Optic Infrastructure 17 February 2016

How Multiplexing Techniques Deliver Higher Speeds on Fiber Optic Cabling

The Different Multiplexing Techniques: Different multiplexing techniques are enabling the evolution of network speeds on fiber optic cabling. Time Division Multiplexing is simply a way of transmitting more data by using smaller and smaller increments of time, and multiplexing lower data rate signals into a higher speed composite signal.   Space Division Multiplexing, more commonly […]

Fiber Optic 9 February 2016

Step by Step Guide to Patch Cord Management: Part 2 Fiber Optic

Best Practices in Fiber Patch Cord Management The principles of good management for fiber cords are similar to those for twisted pair cabling, covered in Part 1 of this series: A Step by Step Guide to Patch Cord Management: Part 1 Twisted Pair. However, there are special considerations with optical fiber, and extra care is […]

Fiber Optic 9 December 2015

Dirty Fiber Optic Connectors Can Mean Disrupted Data!

Avoiding Dirty Fiber: Cleaning and Inspection of Optical Fiber Connectors Cleanliness of fiber optic connections is critical to the performance of optical communication networks. Contamination – dirty fiber – on a connector end face, even if only at the microscopic level, can create severe problems. Traditional single-mode fiber optic core diameters are approximately 9 microns. […]

Fiber Optic 26 November 2015

The Rise and Evolution of Ethernet

Survival of the Fastest – the Evolution of Ethernet: Of all the network protocols, Ethernet is clearly the market favourite. As Ethernet evolved to higher-speed forms, it addressed the needs of users with a cost-effective reliable solution to their data networking needs. Additionally, switched Ethernet networks have shown themselves to be extremely robust, performing over […]

Fiber Optic Wireless 7 August 2015

The Difference Between Types of Fiber Optic Cable

What Are The Three Types Of Fiber Cable Available In Enterprise Networks Today? There are three type of fiber cable in Enterprise networks today – Multimode, Singlemode, and Laser-Optimized Multimode. Which fiber cable is better? The answer depends on the parameters of the network: the applications the network will need to support over the next […]

Fiber Optic 30 July 2015

How Funneling Effects Lead to Fiber Optic Deployment

Due to the hierarchical nature of networks and the “funnelling” effects of IP switching, the “need for speed” increases the further one gets from the user. Adapting to technological change and demand Technological evolution over the years has been substantial, involving a migration to switched 1Gbps at the desktop, switched 10Gbps capability; first at the […]

Fiber Optic 7 May 2015

More Bars on Your Phone Means More Fiber to the Antenna (FTTA)

Cost-effectively addressing cellular communications’ capacity needs: In the cellular communications market, the primary driver is steadily increasing demand for bandwidth and capacity. In order for networks to cope and meet requirements, this demand is being addressed in three ways; 1. By introducing new radio technologies like HSPA and LTE 2. Through the deployment of new […]

Fiber Optic 25 February 2015

Domestic or Municipal, Fiber Optic Infrastructure is Coming to You!

The backbone of society; How the advance of Fiber powers tomorrow’s networks? In the Broadband market, the opportunity for Fiber-to-the-Home solutions is growing rapidly, as more and more households get online, on increasing numbers of devices. As the demand grows, so does availability and access. But it’s not just home networks increasing demand. In addition, […]

Fiber Optic 17 February 2015

3 Ways Fiber Optic Infrastructures Impact Enterprise Networks

From scalability to cost-efficiency: You are likely aware that fiber optics are dramatically changing the infrastructure landscape. But how are they doing so? Below are are three key ways that fiber optic infrastructures are impacting Enterprise networks, leading to improved costs, better productivity and more effective performance. 1. Commercial Real Estate Commercial buildings today are […]

Enterprise Fiber Optic 6 February 2015