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The Origins of Ethernet Over Fiber

If you look around you, you will realize the kind of almost omnipotent presence that computers seem to have! Almost every kind of communication network depends on computers and such computer networks rely on various kinds of technologies to do their work. Computer networks thus bring together:

  • Devices of various kinds,
  • Network science,
  • Technologies that enable data transfer and
  • Support for different kinds of applications as well.

 When one talks about computer network technology, the most popular technologies is Ethernet over fiber.  

Ethernet capabilities

Ever since its introduction in the 1970s and ratification as a standard in 1980, Ethernet has shown almost constant evolution and incessant introduction of variants of different kinds. Simply put, the variants of Ethernet can be measured according to speed. While the first iteration of Ethernet, also known as standard Ethernet, was measured at a rate of 10 megabits per second, today, Ethernet over fiber can go up to speeds of 100Base-BX and much more. Basically, Ethernet over fiber can be deployed over several variations of optical fiber and they differ across aspects such as:

  • Costs,
  • Viable distances,
  • Speeds of data transmission,
  • Latency,
  • Throughput and even
  • The network of devices that are used.


Most carriers of Ethernet over fiber will bring together various kinds of devices that can include:

  • Switches,
  • Demarcation devices,
  • Aggregation devices and so on.

 Various devices will be selected according to the purpose of the network. For instance, an entry-level Ethernet demarcation switch is more than enough for simple business applications. But a more complex and advanced device will be necessary if one is talking about a larger number of services.  

Growth of Ethernet over fiber

More and more business organizations are operating in highly complex and dynamic spaces. Such operations will often entail bandwidth intensive applications of various kinds. Legacy infrastructure may not always be able to support this kind of demand. More and more telecom service providers are therefore turning to sophisticated technologies such as Ethernet over fiber. This kind of technology is able to meet the business organizations requirements for both speed and bandwidth.  

Ethernet, indubitably, has become a very persuasive technology. More and more people are using it to connect various devices and aid data transmissions of various kinds. The evolution of Ethernet has indeed demonstrated that it is capable of supporting multiple devices and more importantly, even with constant evolution, Ethernet is able to integrate backwards with the various kinds of devices and switches that have been used in older networks.   

This has contributed massively to the growth and deployment of Ethernet over fiber in many parts of the world. Almost every day, there is news about various telecom service providers adding Ethernet services and deploying them over fiber in order to help their customers enjoy fabulous connectivity. Greater speeds, transparency of network, reduction of operational costs and simplicity of management of the network are just some of the advantages that Ethernet over fiber delivers.   Thus, as computer networking technologies go, Ethernet over fiber has indeed changed the way many carriers and their clients enjoy high speed transmissions and reliable connectivity.

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