August 31, 2013
Dark Fiber Week in Review
By Jacqueline Lee
Welcome to this week's wrap-up of the latest news from the Dark Fiber community. TMCnet covered a wide range of topics to bring you the latest dark fiber developments.
This week, Sprint announced the deployment of Sprint (News - Alert) Ethernet Wave in 88 cities. The service can deliver 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE connections depending on the traffic needs of any business. Sprint is experimenting with Ethernet speeds of up to 400Gb using Ciena's 6500 Packet Optical Platform, which allows speed to be scaled according to customer requirements. The company has perfected a 100GbE connection that can travel 1,304 miles without requiring signal regeneration.
For now, Sprint plans to expand Ethernet Wave into more areas in 2014. The current deployment includes support for cloud services, record archiving, data center connectivity and database replication. It also enables the transmission of huge files including financial data and medical images.
Also this week, iRis Networks, which provides voice, video and data services in remote Appalachia, released news that it had joined 365 Main's colocation center in Nashville. Joining the Nashville data center could enable iRis to expand its reach into even more rural areas, providing services for mobile providers, local exchange carriers, ISPs, wireless Internet providers, universities, television carriers, cloud service providers, media exchanges and corporations.
The 365 Main data center is carrier-neutral, which enables customers to choose from a wide range of providers to ensure continuous connectivity. Last year, 365 Main purchased the data center from Equinix (News - Alert) and conducted significant upgrades designed to attract new customers.
Finally, OFS unveiled two additions to its single-mode bend-optimized fiber line including both 5mm and 2.5mm sizes of bend radius fiber. These diameters are ideal for in-building and in-living unit deployments because the small sizes speed up installation and minimize visibility. Both solutions are designed to deliver minimal bending loss, and they surpass ITU-T G.657.B3 and G.652.D recommendations.
To keep up with the latest dark fiber happenings, visit the Dark Fiber community daily. Enjoy the weekend, and we'll see you back next week to discuss what's new in dark fiber.
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