Wednesday, September 26, 2012

100G Coming to the Forefront

The European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) came to a close a few days ago. In its wake it leaves a bounty of information for what's to come in the world of communications. As the biggest European event on optical communications it is a hub for those in the fiberoptics technology industry.
Some of the biggest highlights this year came in the form of 100G modules and companies like JDSU and Oclaro rushing to get these news modules out on the market. This comes as good news for companies looking to meet the demands of a world demanding faster and more efficient communication.
Sunset Digital is one such company that hopes to make use of 100G technology. The company seeks to create a backbone out in Tennessee, one that will serve to bring broadband services to those in more rural and impoverished areas. With the aid of a 24 million dollar award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Sunset Digital is able to move forward with these plans.
To meet these ends, Sunset has brought in the services of Ciena Corp. and had them deal with the logistics of the operation. It hopes that they will be able to service delivery, service visualization, and monitor the network as a whole during the transition.

-The Approved Optics Team

Up on Optics

The private sector takes another giant leap into space with Laser Light Communication’s plan to launch a new OSS (optical satellite system).  The new satellite network is expected to be up and fully operational by the middle of 2017.  Laser Light believes its network to be amongst the first of its kind, a system compromised entirely on optical wave technology independent of the need to communicate with the use of radio waves.  The company stated that it wishes to link its system with the global fiber network enabling them to have a coalesced fiber network.  This network would allow for unseen levels of coverage surpassing any system of its kind.
UTEL is planning to release a new product that will revolutionize the way problems are solved in passive optical networks.  The UK based research and development lab dubbed its new product Fast Light, the hope is that this new technology would allow service providers to detect and repair any problems that may arise within its systems both rapidly and efficiently as Lightwave indicates.  Not only does Fast Light have the ability to detect problems within a system, the product also runs tests and fixes issues within the network before customers even have an indication of a problem arising.
Earlier this week Google announced they were ready to move forward with their plans to bring Kansas City to the forefront of internet services.  Google Fiber, as it was deemed, seeks to bring the internet to as many people as possible as its primary goal.  This being Google of course, it hopes to outdo the competition by providing internet that is up to 100 times faster than the average broadband services available today.  So fervent are Google’s ambitions to bring internet for the masses that they are evening offering packages for free internet services at the mere cost of a construction fee.  They’ve also been setting up events for locals in Kansas City as a means of educating those less inclined to venture into the online world on the advantages a service like this could provide for them and the relevancy of the internet in today’s world.  Such an ostentatious plan might seem overwhelming to some, but Google’s track record speaks for itself.  Let’s just hope their foray into the world of ISPs isn’t a repeat of their foray into the social media department.
Affordable high powered internet in every home, self repairing fiber optic cables, and a satellite network enabling a greater connection for millions; we live in the future.
-The Approved Optics Team