As internet traffic, connected devices, and cloud-based services proliferate, there is a corresponding increase in the deployment of optical fiber. This article highlights the key market segments and technology enablers driving demand and then discusses the ways that optical fiber technology is being deployed to meet the demands for higher bandwidth, low latency networks.
Facilitating POLs over Existing Multimode Fiber Cabling Infrastructures with MPLC-enabled Technology
To meet the growing demand for high-speed and higher bandwidth, many companies believe they need to deploy single mode fiber. Since approximately 78% of optical fiber deployed in LANs is multimode, this would require an expensive upgrade. However, MPLC-enabled technology such as modal splitters, can make POL singlemode equipment compatible with MMF cabling.
To meet exploding network bandwidth demand, 50 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s signaling lanes in server (and fiber to machine) and switch links, have emerged requiring higher speed standards. Ethernet and Fibre Channel have both either recently published (for 50 Gb/s per lane) or are developing (for 100 Gb/s per lane) new low cost, short reach standards that will utilize these lane rates, for both serial and parallel solutions. This presentation will provide an update on those standards efforts, along with the underlying market, industry, and technology trends.
This white paper from CommScope covers how to create an integrated suite of connectivity solutions; without adding layers of complexity; understand where and how key technologies such as PoE, IoT, Wireless, etc. fit.; how to flatten complexity with shared infrastructure; how to wire for the future, not just the present; the ins and outs of adding wireless connectivity.
Cabling Installation & Maintenance recently asked Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, ESS, DCDC, and BICSI President Elect, to weigh in on hot topics in the information and communications technology (ICT) sphere.
Passive optical LANs reduce network points of vulnerability and improve network security both at the electronics level as well as across the cabling infrastructure.
As fiber to the home (FTTH) builds accelerate globally to meet growing bandwidth needs, service providers are looking to install optical fiber not just to, but also into the home for residential subscribers. For residents and businesses in buildings, optical fiber also will be installed throughout the building to reach each subscriber’s unit. Placing fiber deep inside the living unit connected to an indoor optical network terminal (ONT) for each subscriber facilitates access to power outlets, and Wi-Fi coverage, so that subscribers can enjoy gigabit speeds and beyond
As the transition to a digital world continues, the pressure is on for data centers to meet the increased connectivity challenges this transition brings. Data centers must be scalable, faster and more efficient, which is driving the development of fiber-optic cable management systems. The Internet of Things is creating unprecedented demand on fixed networks, while the rise in cloud computing traffic, content delivery networks and edge computing are also having a significant impact.
Silica optical fiber integrated with two-dimensional materials: towards opto-electro-mechanical technology
The integration of graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials in optical fibers have stimulated significant advances in all-fiber photonics and optoelectronics. The conventional passive silica fiber devices with 2D materials are empowered for enhancing light-matter interactions and are applied for manipulating light beams in respect of their polarization, phase, intensity and frequency, and even realizing the active photo-electric conversion and electro-optic modulation, which paves a new route to the integrated multifunctional all-fiber optoelectronic system.
Smart cities work because of infrastructure that supports the mass of connected technologies and devices. IoT, autonomous vehicles, consumer-facing applications and back-end processing systems rely on the speed of fiber optic cables connecting to IT infrastructure housed in a data center. This infographic details what it takes to build the infrastructure to support them.