Carrier Networks and Fiber Optics
Verizon, Sprint and AT&T are all examples of communications service providers that work with their own carrier networks. Most of these carrier networks are using or are currently switching over to fiber optics so that more data can be sent in less time. These networks are regulated and the companies operating them have licenses to operate these telecommunication systems. A carrier network consists of interconnected complex hardware that allows the network to send communication over vast geographic areas.
A lot of data must be carried with these networks over huge distances. The backbone of the network uses fiber optics as a medium. While some companies still use copper, this is being phased out quickly as the benefits of fiber are too great to ignore. Other methods of providing Internet service include cable, satellite and wireless technology.
Today’s mobile device society counts on updated and reliable carrier networks to meet the heavy demands. Bandwidth updates and the ability to switch from a Sonet to an IP infrastructure in a cost-effective way are all available with fiber.
Optical fiber and the MTP/MPO products are used by national carriers to deliver telephone service on a carrier’s network while a local carrier carries the voice transmission through fiber from the switch at the central office to an individual home or a neighborhood.
Anyone that has cable television in their home is also relying on fiber for the delivery of the data services and the digital video. Broadband signals can be transmitted at a very high bandwidth when fiber is used and we can thank fiber for its ability to deliver high definition telecasts.
More and more carrier networks are rolling out fiber technology to replace their old copper systems as are other fields such as the military, the automotive industry and the biomedical field. Fiber has also become indispensable when it comes to transportation systems using automated tollbooths, message signs and smart traffic lights.