Category: Dark Fiber Basics

How much bandwidth does my business need?

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How much bandwidth does my business need? Bandwidth is a measure of how much data can be transferred over an internet network in a certain unit of time — measured in bits per second (bps). And it may be one of the most important factors affecting a business’ network performance. The higher a network’s bandwidth,…

Fiber optic vs. 5G wireless networks: A closer look at an emerging debate

Fiber optic vs. 5G wireless networks: A closer look at an emerging debate 5G is the fifth generation of wireless networking. And while 5G doesn’t exist yet —and won’t be available for widespread use until the 2020s— the performance goals it promises are unprecedented for wireless networks. The first generation (1G) coincided with the introduction…

Could a fiber backbone for IoT lead to safer and smarter cities?

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Could a fiber backbone for IoT lead to safer and smarter cities? Cities are growing. By 2050 more than 67% of the world’s population will live in cities, according to the United Nations. That’s an increase of more than 50% over today’s numbers. And while cities can expect a host of benefits from this population…

Fiber to the X, explained: Your options for bridging the last mile to your building

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Fiber to the X, explained: Your options for bridging the last mile to your building With the speed and data carrying capacity of optical fibers, more and more businesses are turning to fiber networks to keep up with their ever-increasing bandwidth needs. Think of fiber optic networks like trees. There is the trunk —the swaths…

Amplify the value of your dark fiber investment with DWDM technology

Amplify the value of your dark fiber investment with DWDM technology Bandwidth needs are expanding at a good clip for long-haul, metropolitan and local access networks alike. Traffic is reportedly growing 50-60% year over year, according to TechTarget, and demand is quickly outrunning supply. Fiber optic networks have improved the speed, scalability and data capacity…

Growth on the dark fiber map

Growth on the dark fiber map The increased speeds, security and flexibility of fiber networks have driven demand for residential and enterprise connectivity over recent years. Unfortunately, demand isn’t being met across the country due to infrastructure costs and telecommunications companies suppressing competition. In 2014, almost 8% of internet connections in the U.S. were through…

The future value of a dark fiber lease to enterprise users

The future value of a dark fiber lease to enterprise users Partnering with an independent dark fiber infrastructure organization has tremendous value. Not only does a dark fiber network provide enhanced speed, increased security and scalability for the future, procuring a dark fiber lease enables your enterprise to control its networking infrastructure in ways that…

Universal gigabit service, what’s needed for fiber expansion

Universal gigabit service, what’s needed for fiber expansion Universal gigabit service enhances the connectivity speeds and network security of residences, municipalities and businesses alike. But implementing a universal gigabit service has proven to be difficult through the years. A lack of coordination between stakeholders to build new fiber networks along with minimal existing infrastructure has…

Dark vs lit fiber: Key considerations for business networking options

Dark vs lit fiber: Key considerations for business networking options Choosing a networking option for your business requires copious amounts of research and consideration. Making a decision while lacking a thorough understanding of the facts could potentially lead to unforeseen hardships — security issues, network downtimes, a lack of scalability. But with the right information,…

What to consider when planning an IT infrastructure

What to consider when planning an IT infrastructure Planning a company’s IT Infrastructure is a daunting task. Businesses are reliant on a strong infrastructure to process pertinent information in a variety of ways, and any gaps or failures in the infrastructure can have devastating effects for a business, its employees and their clients. A critical…