Category: Structured Cabling News

Why FiberLert is a Game Changer in Fiber Optics

FiberLert is essentially a voltage detector-like tool from the electrical world that has been reinvented to work in the fiber world, a fiber optic tester that is hypersensitive to the presence of a live optical signal without physical contact. It is not only useful as a troubleshooting and polarity tool, but as a safety tool to verify disconnection prior to inspection with a direct-view inspection scope. It is easy to use with minimal training and is useful in so many ways.

Broadband associations partner on fiber, wireless workforce development

The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) have entered into a Collaborative Workforce Development Agreement to advance critical workforce education and training for the broadband communications industry. The agreement promotes both associations’ workforce development programs: the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), nationally sponsored by WIA for broadband and 5G technicians; and the Fiber Broadband Association’s Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path) program that trains fiber technicians.

White Paper: Solving Edge Computing Infrastructure Challenges

Edge computing installations have become increasingly business critical. Deploying and operating IT at the edge of the network comes with unique challenges. Solving them requires a departure from the traditional means of selecting, configuring, assembling, operating, and maintaining these systems.
This paper describes a new emerging model that involves an integrated ecosystem of cooperative partners, vendors, and end users. This ecosystem and the integrated micro data center solution it produces, help mitigate the unique challenges of edge applications. Download this white paper to help mitigate edge challenges.

TIA White Paper: Resilience at the Edge

When planning an Edge Data Center (EDC) deployment, the need to address availability of planned workloads to ensure resiliency is a top priority. The key characteristics of an EDC can be significantly different than those that top the list for larger enterprise or multi-tenant data centers. To help balance the costs and operational aspects of any EDC strategy, this paper outlines a number of critical questions that should be addressed to ensure resiliency at the edge.

The future of enterprise cabling has Cat 6A written all over it

Cabling is one of the longest-lived assets in a network, and, while initial deployments of multigigabit technologies may be able to take advantage of installed cabling plants, anyone planning for the long term with a new deployment should consider Category 6A cabling to grow into the future without limiting application performance. This paper explores the history and likely future of data communications and power over Ethernet technologies to explain: what makes Category 6A fundamentally different from Categories 5e and 6 and why it matters today.

Mandalay Bay resort installs Cat6A Ethernet cabling throughout convention center

If you were just at the Fall BICSI conference, this venue will look familiar! Recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent meeting and trade show destinations, the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas unveiled details regarding the recent $100 million remodel of its 2.1 million-square-foot convention center, which included new Cat6A Ethernet cabling throughout its convention center which doubles the frequency of data transmission and increases the speed up to 9,400% — the equivalent of downloading a 4K movie in 30 seconds.

Hexatronic Buys U.S. harsh electro-optical specialist Rochester Cable from TE Connectivity

Hexatronic Group AB (Gothenburg, Sweden) today announced its signing of a binding asset purchase agreement to acquire all business activities of Rochester Cable, one of the main designers and manufacturers of harsh environment electro-optical cables in the U.S., from global connectors and sensors specialist TE Connectivity (TE) for an enterprise value of USD 55 million.
Rochester Cable is a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of electro-optical cables for operation in harsh environments.

White Paper: Understanding the Differences Between OM4 and OM5 Multimode Fiber

Multimode fiber is a staple of fiber-optic cable infrastructure in data centers and campus networks. The ISO/IEC 11801 standard defines five classes of multimode fiber: OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4 and OM5. In this white paper, we will review the basics of multimode fiber and the evolution of the different fiber standards. We’ll discuss the differences between OM4 and OM5 and clear up the misconceptions, discussing when OM5 is an appropriate choice and when OM4 will work just fine.