News tagged with fiber optic cables

Heavy metal glass helps light go the distance

The fiber optic cable networks linking the world are an essential part of modern life. To keep up with ever-increasing demands for more bandwidth, scientists are working to improve the optical amplifiers that boost fiber ...

dateJun 16, 2010 in General Physics
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An optical traffic cop for rapid communication

It looks like a piece of gel that slips into the sole of your sneaker, but it's a new nano-based technology that can make computers and the Internet hundreds of times faster -- a communications technology "enabler" that may ...

dateMay 03, 2010 in Engineering
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Carrier Pigeon Faster Than Broadband Internet

(PhysOrg.com) -- In South Africa, a carrier pigeon carrying a 4GB memory stick proved to be faster than the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom. Winston the pigeon took one hour and eight ...

dateSep 11, 2009 in Telecom weblog
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U-verse offers TV alternative and more

OK, I admit it. When I am asked to test questionable software, I usually install it first on my wife's computer. And my kids are crash-test dummies ramming head-first into all sorts of dubious products. But they don't care ...

dateMay 27, 2009 in Telecom
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Low-tech tools take out phones in Silicon Valley

(AP) -- Forget, for a moment, computer viruses and sophisticated cybercrimes. A hacksaw and a few other tools were probably all it took for someone to sever eight fiber-optic cables in Silicon Valley this ...

dateApr 11, 2009 in Telecom
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Ad watchdog: Cablevision Internet not 'fastest'

(AP) -- Cablevision Systems Corp. should stop saying its Internet service is "the fastest around," the advertising industry's self-regulatory body said Thursday, in response to complaints from competitor Verizon Communications ...

dateMar 27, 2009 in Telecom
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