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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. Learn more about the “Fiber make ready” process and regulations to understand. 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.

    If you are still unsure about the benefits of fiber optics over copper, check out these two informative sources of industry insights: LightWave and Electrical Contractor magazine.

  2. Choosing an Internet Provider for Your Business

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    The Internet has become highly ingrained into today’s businesses. Some business owners equate the need for connectivity, or an internet provider, to electricity and other crucial services. One in three U.S. companies gain revenue from online sales and an even larger number use the Internet for pertinent company activities. These critical activities are enabled or improved by a reliable, high-speed network. Choosing the right network provider for your organization can be integral to your success. This is especially true in industries like healthcare and e-commerce in which the need is mission-critical.

    Key elements that a business should consider when choosing an internet provider:

    1. Speed
    2. Reliability
    3. Scalability
    4. Security


    Speed is a high priority consideration for business’ Internet services. In order to determine what speed is necessary for operations, one should look at the following factors for guidance:

    1. Number of employees or users
    2. Type of Industry
    3. Applications used and their data rate requirements

    A high-speed connection can be essential for a business. It is also important to find the speed that fits your business needs. According to a McKinsey & Company report, Internet usage has increased productivity and growth by 10 percent for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). For more guidance on speed you can visit our article on fiber optic speeds here.


    Speed and reliability are interconnected to a quality internet provider. A network should be designed to optimize reliability while minimizing latency. An unreliable infrastructure can cost a company. The average cost for a data center outage alone is nearly $6,000 per minute. Therefore, a network’s architecture should have components like redundant rings to inhibit downtime and outages.


    Scalability may be heavily influenced by your company’s industry sector. For example, one industry that is likely to have high scalability standards for online services is healthcare – an industry that consumes 30 percent of the world’s data storage.

    The demand for big data storage capacity is growing. Today’s network infrastructures will need to evolve to keep up with tomorrow’s new technologies and services. Bandwidth scalability will need to be flexible to continue to meet these needs. When bandwidth scalability is crucial to your organization, an Internet provider with a fiber optic infrastructure is our recommendation. Fiber optic cables allow for extra capacity needed to make real-time bandwidth adjustments.


    Data security and privacy are important to every enterprise. Although most data breaches are caused by human error, an infrastructure that does not have the correct security safeguards in place to protect your critical data could result in devastating damage. IBM reported that every week companies face over two million cyber attacks and each breach could cost them over $300,000.

    If your organization wants to control its own network but does not have an infrastructure in place to support it, an Internet service provider with dark fiber is the best option. For instance, DQE Communications does not meter its dark fiber services. Our business clients control their data and transmission speeds and only the business has access to its data.

    However, if that does not apply to your organization, there are some key security components of a quality Internet service provider’s infrastructure. For instance, multi-layered data infrastructure, private network options, and protected data storage centers are just a few characteristics of a quality provider.

    Choosing an Internet provider isn’t like selecting a business card printer or painter for your office. In most cases, the quality of online services influences whether today’s companies thrive or perish. Because we use the Web for so many business functions, make sure you consider these four critical factors when selecting an Internet provider.