What's Up at Integra Optics

Efficiency in Versatility: Choosing Parts That Reduce Costs While Minimizing Downtime

Network design, implementation, and maintenance are undertaken with versatility, manageability, and reliability in mind; and of course, cost. The network interconnections that you have don’t make your business money, but they are crucial to reliably providing the services and maintaining the operations that do. You need to plan transceiver needs for each of your platform’s… Read more »

Fiber Optic Technology: Advancements Through Time

Fiber optic technology has advanced drastically over the years, and looking back at where it all started compared to where we are now is truly inspiring! Take a look through history and see the advancements, starting in the early days of signal fires and morse code through present day with 400G and coherent optics before… Read more »

New Product Showcase: 10G BiDi Tunable DWDM Transceivers

When we have fiber connections between two locations, we need ample justification before taking the plunge and increasing fiber count. Aside from path redundancy, we resist the call for more fiber for as long as we can. The reason? Fiber spans are expensive! There’s not only the initial investment, but they usually come with lengthy… Read more »

Datacenter Planning: Installation, Maintenance and Expansion

All datacenters, from the smallest corporate data center to the largest hyperscale datacenter of cloud service providers, have many components in common, and all of these components need to communicate. That means lots of connections, and opportunities to either excel or fail when it comes to speed, efficiency, reliability, and security, regardless of size. Let’s… Read more »

A Look Ahead: What to Expect in 2021

With 2020 in the rear-view mirror, network needs are beginning to look a little different as we kick off 2021. With a growing percentage of the population working and learning from home, higher bandwidth is increasingly critical, while simultaneously pushing reach to the edge of networks. So, what does this mean for our industry? QSFP+… Read more »

QSFP28 100G ZR4: Fast Transfers and Greater Distances

If there’s one thing you can say with certainty about the telecommunications industry, it’s that it’s always pushing for higher bandwidths and greater distances. Attaining these goals within currently supported transceiver form factors is a challenge, to put it mildly. Progress is made through innovations in transmit and receiver implementations. The transmit side is optimized… Read more »

Breaking Down Buzzwords: Coherents

Throughout our “Breaking Down Buzzwords” series, we have taken a look at Remote Phy, and FTTX. To continue our series, let’s dive into coherent optics and attempt to provide a simplified (and, dare I say, coherent) explanation of some of the common terms and acronyms associated with this optical solution. Before we dive into the… Read more »

New Product Announcement: Uptime Kits

Preparing For The Future There comes a time in every company’s year where it needs to consider what expenditures will make it more capable of responding to operational and market challenges. Testing gear and emergency preparedness spends are a perfect example. Maintaining operational continuity is crucial because downtime is expensive! Many departments look to spend… Read more »

SCTE 2020: Current Events in CBRS for Cable

Yesterdays session offered excellent insight into the use of CBRS for Cable companies, especially at Charter. Both Mehmet Yavuz from Celona and Ahmed Bencheikh from Charter offered their knowledge and experience with CBRS to date. The advent of 5G technology, together with CBRS and private LTE/5G, introduces new options for an MSO’s enterprise customers. The… Read more »

SCTE 2020: The COVID Conundrum: Lessons Learned Accelerating Network Evolution

How have top Telecom providers managed their networks during the COVID-19 pandemic?   Due to the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic, cable providers have had to accelerate their network capacity to accommodate the increase needs in bandwidth of their consumers. During the seminar at this year’s SCTE Cable Expo, industry leaders from the top Telecom… Read more »