Webinar: To the Edge and Back

This webinar gives data center managers some key cabling strategies to manage multiple waves of 5G — helping ensure next-generation coverage for billions of devices. Topics include the three phases of 5G deployment, data processing at the edge to reduce latency, and centralized data centers to support the workloads generated by 5G.

Why the future-ready data center needs flexible cabling

By far the most arduous challenge regarding optical fiber connectivity in the data center is managing the immense amount of fiber, whether it is in the demarcation point of the entrance room or within the facility itself. What used to be a few dozen or hundreds of fibers is now a few thousand. The trend we’re now witnessing is the revamping of the entrance room to eliminate outdated proprietary splice closures, affectionately known as “fridges,” so-called because of their physical resemblance, and replacing them with modern, more efficient and user-friendly high-density fiber management systems.

Usher in an era of light for campus networks by choosing fiber optics over copper

Traditional networks may seem adequate, but the exponential growth of data transfer is putting traditional campus networks to the test. In short, copper wiring limits speed and distance – and both are critical for an effective campus network. Copper only offers transmission speeds up to 1Gbps and reach of 100 meters; it will suffer signal losses and tremendous data slowdowns if they go beyond. Additional investment such as signal boosters or recabling are needed to maintain network performance if the site is particularly large.

Researchers set a new world-record Internet speed

Researchers at University College London claim they’ve obtained a new top internet speed of 178Tbps – a fifth quicker than the prior record and fast enough to download the entire Netflix catalog in under a second. To achieve that, the researchers used different bandwidth ranges than are typically used in commercial optical systems. Traditional fiber infrastructure uses bandwidth of 4.5THz with 9THz becoming more available commercially. In UCL experiments, the scientists used 16.8THz.

Webinar: Trends in Fiber Optics

Learn about the latest trends in fiber optics and their potential impact on design and/or installation practices. Gain a greater understanding of evolutionary and revolutionary trends in fiber like outdoor cable with ribbon fiber, microduct cables, 200 um Fiber, collapsible ribbon, CWDM/DWDM and complex architectures.

The August Newsletter Of The Fiber Optic Association is Online

Among other news, the FOA’s August issue celebrates the organization’s 25 years of serving the fiber optic industry. As its primary source of technical information and independent certifying body, FOA thought it appropriate to create a short history of the organization and how it has developed to help the fiber optic industry. We also wanted to recognize the contributions many people have made to the organization over the years that made FOA what it is today.

Siemon adds ruggedized Cat 6A cabling with high-resistance TPE jacketing

Siemon has expanded its Ruggedized Infrastructure Solutions line with new Category 6A shielded cable assemblies that feature thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) jacketing with superior resistance to moisture, sunlight, temperature, abrasion, and oil and chemicals while offering enhanced flexibility to meet the demand for connecting devices in harsher environments beyond the commercial office environment.

The Digital Disruption for Post-COVID Construction

Like all industries, construction has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and is now being forced to adapt in order to operate in a heightened health and safety environment focused on social distancing. This disruption is fundamentally impeding conventional construction approaches and forcing even the most traditional companies to look for modern solutions. Now, promising digital technologies that have been struggling to break established construction markets are emerging as saviors of post-COVID construction.

Smart Buildings get hyperaware

Converging technologies of IoT and building automation are creating smart spaces that make workplaces safer, healthier and happier. Where IoT sensors can be considered as the eyes and ears of a smart building, it is recently been possible to join building data with context. The result is a “hyperaware” smart building – an instrumented structure in which applications are mindful of the contextual status of the environment, occupants, energy requirements, service needs, security and safety.