What is RF over Fiber (RFoF)?

Posted by Gary Miller on Thu, Nov 5, 2020 @ 07:11 AM

Driving Value with Radio Frequency Over Fiber (RFoF)

Wireless technology and fiber optic communications have revolutionized everyday life.  In her article, Radio Meets Fiber Optics: RF Over Fiber, Marie Christiano states that “using radio frequency (RF) signals, wireless has given us military radar, avionics, cellular and satellite communications; our world is safer and more interesting thanks to all the benefits provided by wireless breakthroughs. We no longer need to be ‘homebased’ for an expected call or to catch a podcast; our banking, fitness routines, transportation, communications and home security can all be scheduled and controlled from our mobiles.”

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Topics: rf over fiber

The Importance of Testing and Training for Submarine Fiber Optic Networks

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Oct 16, 2020 @ 15:10 PM

Undersea cabling has connected continents for more than 100 years.  With exponential growth in bandwidth demands, private companies have begun large investments in underwater fiber optic cable to serve their customers’ needs. Because of the unique deployment and additional risks associated with underwater cabling, training and testing with the help of M2 Optics is critical. 

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Preparing Your Fiber Optic Network for 5G

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Aug 18, 2020 @ 13:08 PM

5G, with its promise of lightning-fast speed and response time, is everywhere.  Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, visit your favorite website, drive past a billboard and you’ll likely see or hear some advertisement, banner ad, or commercial about a wireless network’s new 5G infrastructure or phone.  This is the next evolution in mobile technology and is generally considered a leap forward and the doorway to a technology revolution.

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Fiber Monitoring for Reliable Network Performance

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Jul 17, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

The Importance of Reliable Fiber Networks

According to a recent study from the Fiber Broadband Association and RVA, LLC, broadband use during the pandemic became critical as individuals weathered the uncertainty from their homes. One area where broadband saw a significant increase was the use of video conferencing, a technology that requires high levels of reliable bandwidth, as well as online gaming and video streaming.  A Lightwave article notes that in the first quarter of 2020 bandwidth use increased by 47%, with, “the average broadband subscriber consuming a weighted monthly average of 402.5 GB of data.”

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Hollow-Core Optical Fiber - A Potential Game Changer

Posted by Gary Miller on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 @ 16:04 PM

OFS recently made a splash when they announced a new hollow-core optical fiber optimized for low latency transmission.  While hollow-core fibers have existed for about 20 years, it is exciting to see such an innovative and promising fiber technology being more broadly applied to commercial applications. 

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Topics: optical fiber, specialty optical fibers, hollow-core optical fiber, low latency

Build a Competitive Advantage with Fiber Link and Delay Simulators

Posted by Charlie Byrd on Thu, Apr 9, 2020 @ 08:04 AM

For many years, communications network equipment manufacturers performed most of the lab testing efforts when designing and certifying their gear for use in the field by their customers.  Now that fiber optic systems are the norm around the world for driving communications, many of the equipment users themselves are testing potential devices before deployment to determine the best solution for their own unique needs.  Financial service providers, utilities, local governments, and smaller regional internet providers have recognized that having even a small and efficient lab setup where they can simulate their network and train technicians can go a long way in optimizing their operations.

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Topics: fiber optic training, optical fiber spools, test lab, fiber optic network simulator, optical time delay

Fiber Type Matters When Simulating Optical Links and Latency

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Apr 2, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Simulating real-world fiber optic links and time delays in the lab environment is both a frequent and necessary task for engineers performing R&D and equipment certification testing processes.  With the evolution to more advanced network architecture, increasing speeds of 400G and beyond, and latency always being a key element, replicating the field network as closely as possible in the lab is critical to ensure systems will perform as expected post-deployment. 

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Topics: optical fiber spools, fiber latency, fiber optic network simulator, optical time delay, latency simulator

The Importance of Fiber Monitoring for Rural Broadband Programs

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

As broadband access expands to more communities and rural areas, the use and deployment of fiber optic networks continues to grow as residents rely heavily on the availability of faster broadband speeds to stay connected and utilize the latest apps and services. As a result, network reliability and availability is more critical than ever making monitoring and support by the service provider all the more important.

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Topics: fiber monitoring system, municipal fiber optic network, rural broadband

Packaging Optical Fiber Spools to Optimize Space in the Test Lab

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 @ 08:02 AM

This year’s OFC conference in San Diego will be another showcase of innovative new and future technologies.  With fiber optic communication and networking equipment continuing to evolve, testing procedures and setups must also grow and change as part of the process.  Engineers are then often faced with a challenge - how can they continue to add and integrate new systems and the appropriate connectivity infrastructure in a finite amount of lab space?  While some may benefit from new facility expansions, the luxury of additional square footage and rack space isn't often the case for most.

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Topics: optical fiber spools, fiber optic network simulator, optical time delay

How To Accurately Simulate 400G Fiber Optic Links

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

While the adoption and deployment of 100G systems and related devices in data centers has continued to grow at a solid pace the past few years, network equipment manufacturers have started taking the next step for supporting even greater bandwidth demands by developing 400G optics and transmission systems.

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Topics: fiber network simulation, 400G data center, 400G, 400G optics