The Future of Fiber Optics: Digital Photonics

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Fiber optics have increased the speed and reliability of Internet and telecom connections. Now, digital photonics have emerged as the future of fiber optics because they harness the power of light to transform the way companies in a wide range of industries do business. Leveraging these new technologies relies on laying down the foundation of a strong optical fiber platform. 

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Topics: Fiber-optic cable, digital photonics, fiber optics

Why Wavelengths Matter in Fiber Optics

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

When we talk about the merits of fiber optics versus those of copper wire cable, the discussion often takes a technical turn and words like wavelengths, attenuation rates, and multiplexing will appear in the conversation 

In fiber-optic communications, what factors make a difference? Do wavelengths matter? And if they do matter, why?  

This article will give an overview of fiber-optic cable and how it works. Plus, it will explain how wavelengths factor into signal strength and quality in fiber-optic cable. 

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Topics: FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable

A Primer on Fiber-Optic Internet Connectivity

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

Many businesses are turning to fiber-optic connectivity because it is cost-effective, scalable, and agile. Although the United States has been a leader in the development of the internet and related technologies, many parts of the country still lack access to fiber-based high-speed internet. In the absence of a nationwide fiber-optic network, organizations are turning to regional and local fiber-optic providers like FirstLight to fill their need for broadband business communication.

What Are Fiber Optics?

Fiber-optic cable is made up of hundreds of strands of glass, each no thicker than a strand of human hair. Data is converted into laser-generated light pulses that are transmitted over the fiber-optic cable. Once the data reaches its destination, it’s converted from light pulses back into ones and zeros.

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Topics: FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable

Oxford Networks Merges with FirstLight Fiber, Part 2: Sovernet Joins

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

In our last blog, we announced the merger of Oxford Networks and FirstLight Fiber, which was made possible when Oak Hill Capital Partners acquired Oxford Networks. This development is great news for Oxford customers because it enables us to combine our resources and expertise with those of FirstLight and continue to exceed client expectations. 

In this blog, we share the next step in our business transformation – a collaboration with Sovernet Communications. We will also introduce you to all of our new partners, including FirstLight, Sovernet, and our owners, Oak Hill Capital Partners. 

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Topics: Data Center, Oxford Networks, FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable, Acquisition, Merger, Data Center Expantion

Oxford Networks Merges with FirstLight Fiber, Part 1

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

 

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Topics: Data Center, Network, Oxford Networks, FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable, Acquisition, Data-Center Expansion, Merger