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Tuesday, September 09, 2003

 

Light Reading: "Access Is Fiber-Starved"

This article is further confirmation of what many industry insiders have been saying for several years -- the so-called "fiber glut" left over from the building boom of the late 1990s primarily applies to long haul routes (and a few key metro routes in markets like Manhattan):

"Ethernet services are on the upswing, but sales are hindered in part by the lack of necessary fiber connections, according to a recent report from Vertical Systems Group."

"U.S. sales of carrier-based offerings that use native Ethernet ports as the customer premises interface will grow from about $393 million in 2003 to $1.3 billion by 2007, the firm estimates. That's a cumulative total of $4.2 billion in total U.S. revenues."


The associated message board discussion that follows includes an unusual conversation about using multi-mode fiber instead of singlemode fiber for FTTP (fiber to the premises) projects; this is because optoelectronic components for multi-mode applications are less expensive than singlemode components. For many reasons, we think this idea is probably a non-starter.

Article by Mary Jander

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