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What’s the Future of Technology in a Post-Pandemic World?

“May you live in interesting times”. We have all heard this saying before that often gives us mixed messages. Are these interesting times going to bring positive change, or negatively impact how we go about our daily lives? While there’s no crystal ball, it is safe to assume that the world is going to look… Read more »

Fiber Networking: Can Your Existing Fiber Be Doing More?

If you’re trying to make the most of existing fiber, you’ve probably thought about adding multiple wavelengths across individual fibers. Whether you have a PON network that could really use more bandwidth, or some CWDM channels on a path that you wish was doing more, understanding the wave-space different standards take up is crucial. The… Read more »

Planning Tips for Network Growth

Unlike that pair of pants or jeans, outgrowing your network is actually a good problem to have! As your business grows, the carefully (or not so carefully) planned network that you have is starting to feel cramped and maybe starting to impact your bottom line. Doing a network reorganization can be simple or tricky depending… Read more »

New Product Announcement: WiFi Smart Probe

Now you can quickly and easily inspect and analyze the endface of fiber optic connectors, with Integra’s NEW WiFi, wireless scope and application. Learn more about this comprehensive and effective field portable solution. Key Benefits of the Smart Probe: Reliably gauge the condition of fiber Reduce technician training time Automatic fiber qualification Automatic report generation… Read more »

Breaking Down Buzzwords Part Two: Remote PHY

In part one of our “breaking down buzzwords” series, we dove into the details of Fiber to the What?! (FTTx). In part two of this series, we breakdown another hot topic that our customers, and the industry, have been buzzing about: Remote PHY.   Remote PHY (often truncated to R-PHY or RPHY) is a key element in… Read more »

Infrastructure Investments: How to Reduce CAPEX and Maximize ROI

Technology is exciting, services are great, but cash is king! Everyone is looking to spend less and make more. In this article we look at how a service provider can do both, from an optical communications point of view. We highlight three ways to reduce capital expenditures (CAPEX) and maximize the ROI from infrastructure capital… Read more »

Breaking Down Buzzwords Part One: Fiber to the What?! (FTTx)

Sometimes buzzwords get thrown around so much that we’re hesitant to admit when we’re out in the cold on a trend. In this ongoing series, we’ll breakdown some terms that people have been talking about recently (and in some cases, have been talking about for awhile) and give you everything you need to know about… Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Getting Your Network in Shape for 2020

Your business depends on your network and while some networks have been carefully planned out, others have grown “organically”.  Whatever your network structure, here are some tips for improving it without breaking the bank. Let’s jump in. A Fiber Saved is a Fiber Earned If you have multiple locations with fiber interconnects, you know fiber… Read more »

What the Tech: Fiber Jumpers Part 3

We’ve covered modes, colors, jackets, and lanes. To round out this series, we are going to venture into the world of fiber connectors and end face shapes. The two most prolific connector types that have gained a significant market hold are the SC connector and LC connector. These connectors are self-orienting (more on that in… Read more »

Coherent Thoughts on Coherent Optics

If you work anywhere in or near the field of optical networking, chances are you’ve heard of coherent optics. We know what a coherent does — transfer data really fast and really far — but what does “coherent” really mean here? Let’s start with the “really fast” part. The bandwidth that can currently be moved… Read more »