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Liz Goldsmith

New Study Finds that Access to High Speed Broadband Can Reduce Unemployment Rates

Researchers from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Oklahoma State University found that high speed broadband reduced unemployment rates throughout Tennessee, especially in rural communities. Studying 95 counties in Tennessee from 2011 to 2016, they found that access to high speed broadband can significantly reduce unemployment rates by 0.26 percentage points, especially in rural communities.

Top 5 academic institutions leading in 5G research

Whether it’s a group of students studying remote control robotics or professors going out into the field with students to take millimeter wave measurements, dozens of academic institutions all over the world are making meaningful contributions to 5G and the future of wireless. FierceWirelessTech decided to take a close look at the top 5G academic institutions. The result is a list of five (or six) top institutions that we think are especially worth keeping an eye on in coming months and years.

Structured Cabling Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking 2018 – 2028

Value of the structured cabling market was estimated at nearly US$ 16 billion in 2018, and is forecast to record a CAGR of approximately 8% through 2028. The structured cabling market recorded a CAGR of over 6% from 2013 to 2017, driven by the continual expansion in the datacenters, the increasing mobile internet subscriptions, and the constantly changing business infrastructure.

Clearfield Announces New FOA Approved Training Program

Clearfield has added Fiber Optic Association-approved Certified Fiber Optic Technician training at the company’s Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Clearfield College campus, and at remote locations around the country. The goal of this new program is to help its customers train the skilled technicians needed to fully capitalize on the rapidly growing demand for residential and business fiber services, as well as support the rollout of 5G and Fixed Wireless

The benefits of the Southern Optical Fiber project

Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera has inaugurated the last part of the Huawei undersea cable of the Southern Optical Fiber project.The international impact that the project may have, as well as the digital integration of the almost 300,000 inhabitants of Patagonia, includes the great potential of the far south of Chile for research and science.

Meet Optical Xplorer™

EXFO has introduced Optical Xplorer™, the industry’s first optical fiber multimeter. The device verifies optical links in seconds, and if faults are suspected, it finds and identifies them automatically. This makes it easier to boost output, improving the quality of work, and speeding up installation.  

Bend Insensitive Fiber

Optical fiber is sensitive to stress, particularly bending. When stressed by bending, light in the outer part of the core is no longer guided in the core of the fiber so some is lost, coupled from the core into the cladding, creating a higher loss in the stressed section of the fiber. Bend-insensitive fiber adds a layer of glass around the core of the fiber which has a lower index of refraction that literally “reflects” the weakly guided modes back into the core when stress normally causes them to be coupled into the cladding.