OVERVIEW OF FIBRE OPTICS IN TELECOM

HOW THE INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED

(Provided by CRU)

Growing Convergence of Operators

Network operators, once easily segmented into long distance and local providers, have in the last ten years begun to offer converged services as traditional fixed-line voice revenues have been eclipsed by surging demand for wireless, data and video services. And wireless operators such as China Mobile have become major customers for fibre optic cable.

 

In the physical layer, telcos must determine which fibre designs are optimized for the application at hand, procure rights-of-way to install fibre optic cable and related equipment, and decide which cable designs are most suitable for aerial or underground deployment.


We will discuss how local telecom has become the growth application for cabled-fibre and how alternative operators are contributing to fibre demand. We'll also explain the trends in fibre designs that have developed over the last twenty-five years, and comment on the basic cable designs - influenced by right-of-way - commonly used in the industry.

 

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