September 19, 2013
If Only Fiber Could Fly High in the Sky
By Tammy Marie Rose
TMCnet Contributing Writer
Fiber is technological magic. It is the white bunny in the magician’s hat. Fiber is, without a doubt, the foundation of our world's communication systems. It gives us the availability, capacity and speed needed to increase our digital lives.
Fiber is used to carry large amounts of data across deep blue seas. It connects cell towers to the network. Fiber brings into our homes and businesses the broadband connections we need to reach out to the world.
With everything that fiber offers there are still times when this technical wonder is not feasible. The biggest deficit to fiber is that it needs to be buried underground, which is often times disruptive and time consuming. When fiber isn't the answer to our technological issues what is?
The two primary alternatives are microwave and millimeter waves. These alternatives do come with drawbacks such as reduced performance due to weather conditions and neither has the availability or range of fiber.
Experts are working on a new emerging technology category that is being referred to as wireless fiber. This fiber offers the combination of wireless networking technology with fiber-like performance.
To be listed as a true wireless fiber it must meet these requirements, "it must be scalable, have consistent data rate in all types of weather, unlimited and or long range and carrier grade availability." These requirements are now being met by blending technologies.
This new technology are being used to send large amounts of data over very long distances over a low beam of light and in the end it does not lose its image quality. The U.S. Department of Defense has successfully used the technology to allow aircrafts that are flying at high altitudes and transmit 10-80 GBPS of data over hundreds of miles error free to both air or ground platforms.
Wireless fiber is truly useful in certain applications where fiber use is just not an option. Many organizations require diverse networks for security purposes. In these cases fiber is combined with wireless fiber to provide a strong solution. Those choosing to use this type of wireless fiber must comprehend key technologies and innovations.
Fiber will continue being a mainstay in the world's communication infrastructure, but there are situations where for some reason fiber is not the best option. To fix these situations RF Technologies have worked hard to fill the gap. There are however, as in most things drawbacks, but wireless fiber does solve many of those problems and provides a real alternative with all the availability, bandwidth, distance and flexibility necessary.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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