Our NextGen Network and the Magic of Fiber Optics
What’s all the hype about PenTeleData’s fiber optic network? It’s the magic of the pulses of light that deliver billions of bits of data per second and make our Internet connections fast and reliable. After all, they are responsible for many important transactions, including the transmission of medical records, completion of ATM and credit card transactions, online research, government communications, and much more. Even wireless towers for cellular service and data require hardware and a network like PenTeleData to operate.
Fiber optic cables are made of two separate parts. The main part, the middle, is called the core. This is where tiny particles of light bounce down the glass hair-thin fibers and bounce repeatedly off an outside layer known as cladding. Cladding is made of a different type of glass than the fibers and keeps the signals inside the core. Technically, the cladding has a higher refractive index than the core. Light travels slower in the cladding and any light that leaks from the core bends back as if it were reflected from a mirror instead of being lost. This is known as internal reflection. When the light reaches its destination, the signal (which has been transmitted as laser pulses for ones and nothing for zero) is received and converted into an electrical format.
PenTeleData and our partners, including Service Electric Cable TV and Communications, Service Electric Broadband Cable, Service Electric Cablevision, Ironton Telephone and Blue Ridge Communications, have built a network that has nearly 10,000 miles of fiber optic cabling. There can be 288 or more strands of fiber in a single fiber optic cable sheath. A single pair of fiber can be used to transmit 100 Gbps Ethernet. That’s quite impressive! In fact, in addition to Internet connections, our fiber provides hundreds of digital TV channels, high definition services with local news & sports programming, Video on Demand (VOD), Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Broadband Internet, and digital telephone.
Our Fiber optic based Next Generation Network is the way of the future. We’re planning for the next 10 – 15 years and beyond. Our NextGen fiber optic network means less signal degradation, easier performance upgrades to our network, greater speeds and more opportunities, including Quality of Service, DDoS Mitigation, Optical Wave Services, IPv6, and Layer 2 VPNs.