September 21, 2013
Dark Fiber Week in Review
By Rory J. Thompson
Dark Fiber continues to spread across the country, as everyone in search of a faster connection realizes the benefits of being connected.
For example, The U.S. Opens' opening ceremonies went on without a hitch this year, and it has, in part, Optocore's expertise in fiber-optics to thank for that. Audio Incorporated, a New Jersey-based company supplying sound and communication equipment for the U.S. Open for the last six years, employed Optocore to connect multiple audio and data streams over one pair of fiber optic cables. Tasked with transmitting communications and audio feeds to various points throughout the crowded Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. – while news teams used the stadium’s available copper lines – Audio Incorporated needed a reliable solution. Mike Sinclair, owner and sound designer at Audio Incorporated, explains they needed “to find a way to connect the roof of the Broadcast Center building with [their] central patch area at the other end of the stadium.” The solution was Optocore.
Farther east on Long Island, responding to customer demand on Fire Island, New York, Verizon (News - Alert) officials announced they're planning to bring fiber-optic cable to the isolated community. Fire Island's copper phone lines were damaged in Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Verizon, the barrier island’s only landline provider, decided to replace the aging wires with a novel wireless home phone service called VoiceLink. But Fire Island residents disliked the move, because while VoiceLink provides voice service, it doesn’t provide connection to the Internet, leaving homes in the area without Internet access. Residents also complained that the quality of calls placed through the VoiceLink service was inconsistent and are concerned about the reliability of the service in emergency situations. Although Verizon defends the quality of VoiceLink, it has decided to bring its FiOS (News - Alert) fiber-optic network to Fire Island.
In the New York metro area, Lightpath announced that it has connected more than 6,000 locations with its fiber-optic network in the region. Lightpath provides Ethernet-based services to medium and enterprise-sized businesses. It has doubled in size over the past six years. The company’s network now spans 5,442 fiber-route miles and, just two years ago, it had fiber connections to 5,000 buildings.
Dave Pistacchio (News - Alert), president of Lightpath, says, "Lightpath is focused squarely on increasing our engagement with more customers to understand how we can help them advance with reliable, flexible and cost-effective services. An important part of serving customers the best we can is ensuring that our network goes where they need it to. Every location we light connects more businesses to cutting edge managed services, world-class data centers, partner organizations and more, all supported by speeds that clear the way to take advantage of new opportunities at every turn.”
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