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  1. Why Choose Dark Fiber over Copper? Security, Flexibility, and Speed

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    If you use copper then you are familiar with the frustrations that come from a material that vandals like to steal, deteriorates quickly, is expensive to replace, limits innovative technology choices, and is so slow that it causes the world wide web to become the world wide wait.

    The solution? Dark Fiber.

    With Dark Fiber, as opposed to lit fiber, you have complete control and complete access to the entire bandwidth of the optic fiber. Dark Fiber is engineered for high rates of speed and loads of traffic that you can access and completely control for your particular needs.

    With control of the Dark Fiber comes the benefit of flexibility to your particular needs, application and brand preferences. Being “technologically neutral,” you can use your own preferred technology in conjunction with the Dark Fiber. For example, if you prefer a particular brand of switches, routers, VoIP Gateways, and so forth, it is possible to use your preferred brand with Dark Fiber to suit your particular custom application.

    Dark Fiber is ideal for many diverse industries and applications. First and foremost, it aids the speed of communication, data transfers and backups among buildings. Whether it is across manufacturing plants, corporate business parks, university campuses, healthcare centers or wherever you need to drop communication lines, Dark Fiber will enable you to outperform and increase your ability to transfer data.

    Let us look at three common applications, out of hundreds, that should use Dark Fiber.

    Most businesses and organizations today have significant security-camera applications that are capturing, transmitting and holding significant amounts of high-resolution data from all entrances, parking areas, secure areas and wherever a security camera is deemed necessary. The large bandwidth and speed of Dark Fiber makes this possible and under your control.

    Consider the intense demand for speed and bandwidth put on all colleges and universities. Students arrive each semester with more and more devices accessing the network and with intense demands for fast streaming and downloads. Many students even consider network speeds as a criterion for choosing a particular school. Today’s younger generation will not wait for interrupted streaming, buffering or long downloads. Dark Fiber enables the school to offer students the speed and bandwidth that students demand.

    What about the security and access demands of healthcare centers?

    Not only must a patient’s data be transferred securely, it must be transferred quickly to technicians, nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals, all while also providing access to the Internet for visitors, volunteers and other staff members. Again, Dark Fiber gives the speed and bandwidth necessary, 24/7.

    The basic truth is that fiber optic is the way of the future, and the future is now.

    According to Transparency Market Research, “The growing concerns of safety and security with the use of modern, sophisticated technologies are fueling the market for fiber optics, which is expected to reach $290 million in 2017.”

    In addition, according to a case presented to the US Green Business Council, “With the rise in bandwidth requirements, optical fiber versus copper has significant energy savings advantages. Energy savings associated with power and cooling of a 10Gbyte/s optical network vs. 10G copper network can range from 75-85% depending on port count. Further, innovative high fiber count pre-terminated optical solutions vs. traditional patch-cord solutions reduce cabling congestion and optimize air flow in the server racks and raceways further reducing cooling energy requirements.”

    Two areas to consider before running Dark Fiber, is the distance a light pulse has to travel and the optimum usage of the Dark Fiber. In each case, the engineering experts at DQE Communications can work with you and advise you on your particular, customized application.

    To learn more about DQE Communications and their expertise in fiber optics, visit http://www.dqecom.com

    If you are still unsure about the benefits of fiber optics over copper, check out these two informative sources of industry insights: LightWave at http://www.lightwaveonline.com/network-design.html and Electrical Contractor magazine at http://www.ecmag.com

  2. Key Network Service Attributes that Matter

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    Not all network service providers are created equal. While many may brag about quality and service (and we do that too), we feel very comfortable shouting that we deliver solutions that “fit the customer.” We work with some of the largest companies in the region, while attracting and servicing mid-market companies, as well as small businesses.

    We’ve worked with notable companies in the manufacturing, financial, and technology and media sectors. Through these dedicated projects and experiences, DQE Communications has become known for its:

    • Reliability
    • Security
    • Flexibility
    • Coverage
    • Speed
    • Local Support

    Service Attributes Unique to DQE 

    Speed & Security: Businesses today need the fastest data speeds possible, with the highest level of data security. DQE’s 100% fiber optic network guarantees the utmost security with 24×7 network monitoring, including automatic detection and redirection in case of a network failure, ensuring your business stays connected. With symmetrical upload/download speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, it’s no wonder why we’re the fastest route to the Cloud.

    Coverage & Reliability: DQE’s redundant ring architecture provides exceptional reliability across our all fiber optic network, encompassing over 2500+ route miles, 1100+ on-net buildings, 33+ business parks, 12 data centers and multiple hub sites. Located in nine counties throughout southwestern Pa., our network continues to expand to meet increasing customer demands.

    Local Support: As your dedicated local provider, we have experienced support teams based right in your area to respond to your company’s needs efficiently and most effectively, on-call 24x7x365.

    Take a look at how our Service Attributes stand up against our competitors.

    Reliability for the Manufacturing Sector

    We’ve jumped in to service some of the area’s largest manufacturing companies to support their mission-critical network connectivity.

    For example, one manufacturer added technological developments such as CAD files, 3-D additive printing, and RFID technology to help improve their processes. Their challenge soon became the unreliable network connection to support their newly implemented advancements. Companies like this one have “dealt with” old copper wire infrastructures, and often times, this network cannot support the expectations of advanced technological developments.

    That’s where DQE comes in; with dependability and reliability that truly sets DQE apart from the competition. DQE Sales Engineers work closely with companies to create tailor-made solutions that scale. “DQE’s custom solutions support the company you are today, and advances you to the company you’ll become tomorrow,” says one of the dedicated engineers.

    In another instance, we provided miles of new dark fiber to a local polymer development company as well as a local steel producer. Our network provided peace of mind, confident that their mission-critical operations will now continue to stay up and running. With DQE’s reliable fiber networks, both of these companies now enjoy:

    • Real time backup capabilities
    • Data center connectivity
    • Disaster recovery
    • Increased bandwidth
    • Proactive protection
    • Automatic re-routing in case of emergency
    • Fastest route to the cloud

    Network Performance for the Financial Sector

    DQE has worked with leading financial institutions in the region. These companies face the challenges of scalability, reliability and network performance.

    For example, 100 bank sites needed to connect to its data center. Each branch location has kiosks that offer remote video to act as a bridge for communication between the branches and the main bank. These videos are important elements to the essential work functions of their business, such as trainings and company meetings. Therefore, having a dependable network with guaranteed performance is key. Working with DQE, these 100 sites had an infrastructure they could heavily rely on for their critical services.

    Flexibility for Your Company

    Companies today are constantly developing new applications and utilizing the cloud. This requires more data storage and flexibility of services. With an online, easy-to-use web portal known as the Customer Control Center (CCC), customers can allocate and monitor bandwidth usage and network performance in real time. With the CCC, the power is in your hands. It enables you to scale your company’s bandwidth on-demand within minutes! No other local provider has these real-time capabilities.

    Enjoy the DQE Communications difference. The difference is our critical service attributes your company needs: reliability, security, flexibility, coverage, speed and local support. Our key service attributes go hand in hand with customer satisfaction, shown through our dedication to the vitality of your business. When you choose DQE as your premier network services provider, you gain a new competitive edge to your business through the most cost-effective, high-performing and reliable network solution customized to fit your business needs.

    Contact us today and start advancing your company to its “tomorrow.”

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