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New Development in Fiber Technologies
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications.
2013 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Optical fiber technologies has gone through tremendous developments since its first installation in the 1970s. Three decades later it has become the backbone of the global telecommunications network, providing high speed internet access to homes and offices, and instant communications through telephones all around the world. In present day internet service provider, cable television providers, telephone providers and power providers has established their own fiber optic network. Compared to copper wires, fiber optics are immune to electromagnetic interference and its low attenuation while maintaining high bandwidth over long distances. These features makes fiber optics quite popular in the telecommunication business, which at this moment is a billion dollar industry. In order for various fiber optics manufacturer to develop compatible fiber optics systems, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector(ITU-T) have developed several fiber optics standards. Optical fibers are not only for a mainstream telecommunications market, other fibers have been developed for specific purposes, so-called non-standard specialty fibers. There?s a rapidly growing need for these non-standard fibers in the niche market. These fibers have their properties altered, for example special coatings around the fiber that help withstand high temperatures. The thesis will give a brief overview of the characteristics of both optical fiber standards and non-standard, and a comparison of the standard fibers based on their similar purposes. The work done by standard organization such as the ITU-T, have helped evolve this fast changing telcommunications industry. Their work has helped with defining the technology and architecture of the fiber optical transport system. Development of the standard gives a technical specification giving shape to the global telecommunications infrastructure. The non-standard optical fiber, which was ones a boutique business in 1990s, quickly rose to a $239 million market. Following the dynamic market growth, it grew further to $635 million in 2010 and $673 million, and is expected to reach almost a billion dollar industry by the year 2016. Its rapid growth shows that the non-standard fiber industry has had a tremendous development, but is still not comparable to the standard fiber market.

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Institutt for elektronikk og telekommunikasjon , 2013. , 105 p.
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-22097Local ID: ntnudaim:9353OAI: diva2:646835
Available from: 2013-09-09 Created: 2013-09-09 Last updated: 2013-09-09Bibliographically approved

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