The term “dark fiber” likely isn’t a familiar one for those who don’t have direct connection to the telecom industry, but it’s a term worth knowing all the same. Why? Dark fiber represents a singularly valuable development for its users that could offer substantial bottom-line results, if used correctly.
What Is Dark Fiber?
It’s important to know what dark fiber is, and is not, in order to determine just how to extract value out of this concept. Dark fiber is, essentially, fiber optics that aren’t being used. Since fiber optics operate by sending pulses of light to and from central receivers, a fiber with no light in it–a dark fiber–is going unused. (1)
Service providers, when laying fiber down, commonly lay more fiber than is necessary in a bid to future-proof operations. It’s safe to say there will only be more demand for connectivity, so a certain amount of dark fiber is laid in anticipation of future needs. Rather than just let that fiber sit dormant, service providers lease out that fiber to monetize it.
What Value Is in Dark Fiber?
Dark fiber offers several key benefits that make it worth considering.
- Flexibility. With dark fiber, businesses can select the most desired transmission technology to put a point-to-point connection into play. Whether using Gigabit Ethernet, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), or any other technology to drive a wide-area network (WAN), dark fiber can generally handle it. (2)
- Power. Dark fiber has potentially limitless bandwidth capability. Consider the current bandwidth cap that might be in place from a cable provider, and compare that to “unlimited.” If the current bandwidth cap is smaller than “unlimited,” there may be a real value in changing. (3)
- Security. It’s commonly difficult to physically tap a fiber optic line, since there’s no radiation coming off the line. Plus, trying to physically break into the line effectively cuts the flow of data with it. There are ways to hack a fiber optic network, but with optical fiber encryption technology, much of this risk can be mitigated. (4)
- Attractiveness. For those who own office buildings that lease space to tenants, dark fiber can be a godsend in terms of drawing new business into those spaces. Tenants want fiber access, and those who provide it stand a better chance of full occupancy at premium rates until the rest of the market catches up. (5)
How Do I Get Dark Fiber?
With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why users would want to get in on dark fiber. Start your search by consulting with Innovative Business Solutions. Our staff is well-versed in fiber issues, and can offer the needed insight to get started with dark fiber. It’s a bright idea to get in on dark fiber.