Dark fiber (also known as "dark fibre") refers to unused, dormant network fiber. Still potentially useful, dark fiber can be found in many areas. It's simply optical fiber that is no longer being used by the business that placed it. However, though the optical fiber isn't being used right now, it's still available. Dark fiber can be purchased directly from the companies and the ISPs that own it, or leased and rented. When leased and rented, dark fiber has some clear advantages over new fiber-optic networks.
From internal to external communications, PS LIGHTWAVE offers a large inventory of solutions for businesses, government entities, nonprofit organizations and more. With best-in-class customer service, support and technology, PS LIGHTWAVE is able to operate as a complete technology partner. Explore the core services offered by PS LIGHTWAVE below.
In the world of connectivity, two terms pop up a lot — DSL and fiber-optic. Laid out side by side, consumers and organizations see many similarities in service options, but the technology that supports each is very different.
If you're interested in running fiber to your business, community or home, you may have heard about an important alternative known as "dark fiber." Dark fiber makes it easier to achieve better connectivity without having to run your own fiber lines; instead, you can work with a service provider to use existing lines that are no longer in use. Here's everything you need to know about finding and using dark fiber.
Many companies and homeowners alike are switching over to VoIP telephones: telephones that use the Internet rather than traditional telecommunications lines. Yet because VoIP does use the Internet, it often requires fast Internet speeds to be reliable. Would your Internet service be able to support VoIP?
Any form of transaction depends on rules, whether they're the basic rules of a spoken language or the routines established for a regular delivery route. The transfer of data over the Internet depends on a variety of protocols that govern how, when and where packets of data travel from one network to another, or from one point to another within the same network. One of the most helpful of these protocols is known as Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP. While this protocol is simpler in nature than, say, the TCP protocol that runs underneath it, it still poses some complexities that make it both tricky to understand and potentially easy to misuse. Let's take an introductory look at what BGP involves, how it works, and why you want your make sure your organization enjoys the highest standard of BGP implementation possible.
Metro ethernet is an ethernet transport network. What does it do? It provides multipoint connectivity over a city area network. Metro ethernet began as a LAN technology and then become a substitute for WAN technologies.
Houston's population keeps rising, but growth is slowing a little — and that's not bad news. For years, Houston has experienced dramatic growth throughout a number of industries, but slower, more sustainable growth is more likely to carry it through long-term. And despite the fact that population keeps rising, it's slowing down too, and allowing the city some breathing room to recover from its rapid expansion.
Do you have high-speed internet? What constitutes "high speed" for an internet service? It's all relative. While you can run a speed test to find out how fast your internet service is, whether it's "fast enough" depends on what you're doing with it.
When it comes to Hybrid WAN and SD WAN technology, the differences really aren't that significant. However, there is one very core difference which may matter to companies transitioning to new cloud-based and off-premise technologies.