Kevin Miller

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Optical Fiber - A Source of Revenue for Energy & Utilities Companies

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Oct 13, 2021 @ 10:10 AM

Along with being highly regulated, energy and electric utilities companies have faced a transitioning business model with declining electricity use resulting from increased competition, distributed generation, and growing use of renewable sources like solar and wind. Consumers ultimately have more choices now than in past years, making it more challenging for these companies to achieve their revenue growth and profitability goals.

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Topics: optical fiber, fiber monitoring, electric utilities, broadband service, gas and electric

Simulating Multi-Fiber and MPO Cable Links

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

In today’s advanced fiber optic networks, multi-fiber cabling is utilized both inside data centers and across vast field networks as it provides the most efficient approach for deploying large counts of fibers using as little physical space as possible.  At the most basic level, a multi-fiber cable is typically comprised of a ribbon cable surrounded by a protective outer jacketing.  These ribbon and/or multi-fiber cables are available with number options when it comes to fiber counts (ex: 8, 12, 24, etc)

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Topics: network simulation

Understanding Submarine Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, May 11, 2021 @ 08:05 AM

We’ve recently written about the importance of simulating submarine fiber networks in a lab environment for testing and training purposes, while highlighting the history and shifting investment dynamic in this arena.  A visit to Submarine Cable Map offers an interactive view of the breadth of fiber cabling crisscrossing the oceans of the world, demonstrating its critical importance to global communications.

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Topics: optical fiber

Key Differences Between Single Mode and Multimode Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 @ 08:04 AM

When utilizing optical fibers for high-speed communications applications, there two primary categories that fibers are grouped into, based on their construction and intended applications. In this article, we will review both Single Mode and Multimode optical fiber classifications, providing a quick introduction to both types and their key differences.

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Topics: optical fiber, multimode fiber, single mode fiber

Popular Single Mode Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

Single Mode optical fibers are frequently deployed in fiber optic communications systems,  as their design makes them the ideal choice for network links ranging from just a few hundred meters to thousands of kilometers in distance.  With several global manufacturers leading the market offering fibers to meet ITU-T industry standards, in this article we will quickly review some of the most common and popular single mode fibers that are being designed into networks today. 

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Topics: single mode fiber

How to Equalize Data Center Link Latency and Synchronization

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Feb 11, 2021 @ 07:02 AM

With the explosive growth of global bandwidth demands, data centers and service providers have been busy adding new fiber infrastructure, interconnects, and upgrading their systems and hardware to newer and faster technology. As part of this, both latency and optical signal synchronization are critical factors that engineering teams must manage in order to maximize performance and support their customers across various industries.  

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Topics: latency

Deploying Optical Time Delays with RFoF

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Dec 10, 2020 @ 10:12 AM

Radio Frequency over Fiber (RFoF) is a critical component in industries such as aerospace, radar, broadcasting, satellite and GPS communications, along with weight-sensitive environments such as the space or undersea industries. With RF over fiber, radio communication is consistent and reliable. 

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Topics: RFoF, optical time delays

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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Topics: fiber optic testing, submarine fiber cable

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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Topics: network simulation, 5g

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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Topics: fiber monitoring