JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 VOLUME 31 NO. 1 WWW.LIGHTWAVEONLINE.COM
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a look back
APPLICATIONS, AND INDUSTRY
3 EDITORIAL /// Thanks
for the memories
By STEPHEN HARDY
6 Three decades of innovation
Here’s a look back at some of
the technological highlights
Lightwave has covered
over the past 30 years.
By PAULINE RIGBY
11 The most important story
of the last 30 years
Lightwave has covered a lot of
stories in its history. But one
story rises above the rest as
the event that made the optical
communications industry what it
is today – for better and worse.
By STEPHEN HARDY
13 Fiber best practices
for the wireless world
Wireless networks are becoming
heterogeneous. But regardless
of the wireless technology
used, increasing fiber
penetration is required – and
so are best practices for fiber
installation and maintenance.
By FRANCIS AUDET
Notes from Alcatel-Lucent’s
BY STEPHEN HARDY,
analysts and journalists from
around the world to Basking
Ridge, NJ, for the company’s annual
Technology Symposium. Two days of
presentations, breakout sessions, and
interviews followed, many of which
pertained to optical communications.
Data centers become zoos
BY JIM THEODORAS,
ADVA Optical Networking
The noble elephant that
once symbolized the
Internet revolution has
now become but a white elephant.
The solution? Change zoo animals.
systems for harsh
BY RICK HOBBS,
Optical Cable Corp.
As the use of fiber optics has
increased within the industrial sector,
so have the number of “deployable”
systems used in applications from
oil and gas exploration, drilling, and
distribution to mining. As opposed
to fixed installations, deployable
systems are designed to be quickly
installed, retracted, then relocated in
the field and even deep underground
in some of the most inhospitable
environments on earth.