Fibre-based access for the southeast

Fiberworks will partner with Corning to ‘light up’ 15 Southeastern US cities with citywide, all-optical broadband access and transport systems. The deal between Fiberworks and Corning secures in excess of 50,000 kilometers of Corning MetroCor fibre to construct these high-capacity networks.

Corning will be the exclusive fibre supplier to Fiberworks and Corning Cable Systems, a wholly owned Corning subsidiary, will provide all cable and hardware for these networks.

Fiberworks’ metropolitan network plan calls for the installation of fibre-optic rings in central business districts, essential business parks and high traffic, multi-use developments. The all fibre-based access network will primarily carry Internet Protocol-based signals directly to and from Class A office space, resolving bandwidth bottleneck in the last mile. Fiberworks plans to deploy a combination of 24 and 144 fibre count cable.

Corning’s MetroCor fibre is a non-zero dispersion-shifted optical fibre that functions across the entire working bandwidth from 1280 to 1625 nanometers. Intended for the metropolitan arena, MetroCor fibre allows the use of inexpensive opto-electronics within the network yet provides a longer reach for high data rate dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) signals to meet the demand for more bandwidth. This product also allows a transition to higher data rate applications, while remaining compatible with currently deployed single-mode fibres.

Beginning with Atlanta, the company also will construct and ‘light up’ metro access systems in Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina; Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, Texas; Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and St. Petersburg, Florida; Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana.

For more information about MetroCor fiber, visit www.corning.com/opticalfiber.