Archive for September, 2013
Fiber optic technology has revolutionized the telecommunications industry, but how?
It has taken many years for fiber optics to be used to their full potential for telecommunication services. Considering fiber optic technology was first created more than 43 years ago, progress has been slow. Ironic, seeing fiber offers end users access to data at the speed of light.
For Internet and bandwidth purposes, fiber optic technology is still largely underutilized. Only a handful of service providers in select countries provide complete access to fiber based networks.
THE BASICS – HOW ARE FIBER OPTIC TRANSMISSIONS SENT?
To understand the benefits of fiber for telecommunications purposes, let’s explain how transmissions are sent;
- An optical signal is created using a transmitter.
- The signal is relayed via the fiber, ensuring the signal is not distorted or diminished.
- The signal is received and converted into an electrical signal.
HOW HAS FIBER CHANGED TELECOMMUNICATIONS TODAY?
Since the establishment of the first fiber WAN in Essex in the U.K in 1978, fiber has slowly developed, grown and in some instances, completely replaced traditional copper based telecommunications services.
Quite simply, fiber is a more efficient means of transmitting telecommunications signals (data and voice). Signals are sent by light over fibers made of glass, as opposed to copper wire.
Now for the technical stuff, as defined by one of Fastmetrics’ very own customers, Wikimedia;
“Fiber optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. The light forms an electromagnetic carrier wave that is modulated to carry information.”
FIBER vs. COPPER – WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
Fiber technology can be used for voice, (phones) and data (Internet and TV). It provides the following advantages over copper wire based communications;
Lower attenuation – the loss of intensity of any kind of physical property through a medium. (For example, the signal strength over the optical fiber).
Less interference – electromagnetic interference effects an electrical circuit. This may interrupt, obstruct, degrade or limit a circuit’s performance. These effects may range from data limitation to total loss of data.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF FIBER OVER COPPER?
Previously, fiber optic infrastructure was not readily available in developed countries. Fiber was also costly and time consuming to install. Due to this, fiber was only used widely in long distance telephone communications, where it is used to it’s full capacity.
By 2002, a worldwide network of more than 250,000 kilometers of fiber had been laid by the telecommunications industry, with a capacity of 2.56 Tb/s.
However, since the year 2000, the cost of fiber as an Internet service has been lowered greatly. In some cities in the United States, it is cheaper per subscriber, to roll out fiber to the home, than copper based service. This cost is even lower in countries such as the Netherlands.
WHERE ARE FIBER INTERNET NETWORKS MOST ACCESSIBLE?
In countries such as Japan, Korea, China and Singapore, fiber has largely replaced DSL as a broadband Internet service.
Whilst it is not always readily available, fiber based communications are certainly more effective in today’s Information Age, where the demand to receive information faster and in a variety of digital mediums is in high demand.
The AcerCloud Technology Company has chosen a fiber Internet connection from Fastmetrics for their Mountain View office.
The subsidiary of Acer, which specializes in cloud computing software and technology, secured a 100 x 100 Mbps fiber optic Internet service, to support their premier offering, AcerCloud.
“AcerCloud – Be Free!”
AcerCloud was launched in January of 2012, following the acquisition of iGware. It allows users to sync all data and media across devices – computers, tablets, mobiles and share information. It offers to “supersize your smartphone with PC storage” by freeing up space on your mobile device with Acer remote files.
More AcerCloud Advantages
In addition to freeing up important storage space on your smartphone, AcerCloud also has the capability of automatically storing photos taken on your mobile device to your PC. Acer Photo supports Windows, Android and iOS.
Another feature is Acer Media, which allows wireless syncing of your music and videos to any device running Windows, Android or iOS, from anywhere. You can also sync or stream at any time from your PC.
Here is a video demo of AcerCloud:
The Fastmetrics Team welcomes the Acer Cloud Technology Company and looks forward to supporting this dynamic cloud computing service.
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In a burst of new customers for Fastmetrics, the Bay Area’s dedicated business ISP, the Corel Corporation’s Mountain View office has selected fiber optic internet combined with hosted phones to enhance their business. Corel selected Fastmetrics as their ISP of choice in August, 2013.
Founded in 1985 by Michael Cowpland in Ottawa, Ontario, Corel introduced the first version of CorelDRAW in 1989 and famously, was the first provider of graphics software for the Windows platform. Over the years, Corel has introduced many award winning and innovative software products which has grown to include graphics, video, photo and office software.
Watch the below video to see what’s available in the latest version of CorelDRAW (X6):
Fastmetrics looks forward to supporting and assisting the Mountain View office of Corel grow and improve it’s business IT offering with our high speed fiber and hosted phone services.
Fastmetrics would like to welcome the Bridgespan Group to our list of valued customers. The Bridgespan San Francisco office signed up for a 100 x 100mbps fiber internet connection in August, adding more speed, reliability and networking power to their business.
The Bridgespan Group is a non-profit advisor to global mission-driven organisations and philanthropists. The group has offices in New York, Boston and San Francisco.
Watch co-founder Jeffrey Bradach speak about supporting and scaling social programs here:
The Fastmetrics Team looks forward to supporting the continued growth of the Bridgespan Group and the non-profit organizations that it supports.
Fastmetrics is pleased to welcome Minted to our growing list of enterprise Bay Area clients. Last month, the San Francisco based Minted office signed up for a 250mbps fiber optic internet connection.
Minted joins the ranks of successful San Francisco Bay Area clients such as Gensler, Roku and the International Technology University of San Jose who also opted for the high speed, low latency and high reliability that only a 250mbps fiber internet service can provide.
Minted is a unique global business which brings together designers and their unique design pieces in a community style e-commerce platform. The site allows collaboration, showcasing, sharing and selling of the works of designers from 43 different countries.
“Minted is a global community of independent graphic designers and an online store that prints and sells the best of their designs in the form of paper goods”.
The statistics for the Minted community are extremely impressive;
- over one and a half million dollars paid in commissions to designers, globally
- over 35,000 designs submitted to competitions
- over 125,000 comments left by designers on other’s work
Fastmetrics and our team of fiber internet experts look forward to supporting Minted with their continued success and growth, worldwide.