Monthly Archives: March 2021

  1. The first successful automatically switched rotary dial phone network was installed in La Porte, Indiana in 1892?

    The inventor, Almon Brown Strowger was motivated because his undertaker business was losing clients to a competitor whose telephone operator wife was redirecting all calls for Strowger to her husband’s business. He formed the Strowger Automatic Telephone Exchange Company and installed and opened the first commercial exchange in his hometown of La Porte, Indiana on November 3, 1892, with about 75 subscribers and capacity for 99. He sold his patents to his associates in 1896 for $1800 and sold his share in the Automatic Electric Company for $10,000 in 1898. His patents subsequently sold to Bell Systems for $2.5 million in 1916 ...

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  2. The growing trend to high fiber count cables?

    Deployments of 1,728 and 3,456 fiber cables are growing rapidly? They are used in everything from Hyperscale data centers to long-haul backbones. These ultra/super high count cables present lots of opportunities and perhaps a few challenges along the way. Today’s cable designs using standard flat and newer collapsible ribbons, along with options using 200um coated fibers, are providing new opportunities for high-density applications in a very small cable package. We have seen 1728 fiber cables with an outer diameter under 0.90 inches with several options right around the 1” diameter size. These space-saving options require a little training and practice for handling and managing all those fibers, binders, and new identification markings. They can provide significant savings in installation and splicing times, making some front-end training worthwhile ...

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  3. The importance of third-party professional certification?

    Third-party professional certification adds a layer of critical checks and balances to the training and certification process. Accredited certification bodies follow a strict set of rules for vetting exams and supporting training to assure that the subject matter is relevant and complies with industry standards. Learn More ...

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  4. That hands-on learning increases retention and comprehension?

    Training that provides a significant amount of learn-by-doing boosts a student's retention of information by 10-fold. With hands-on learning students are physically engaged and understand difficult concepts better. This type of training also give students an opportunity to apply knowledge to real-world situations. And, when mistakes are made, they facilitate the learning process by allowing students to troubleshoot and determine what went wrong. Hands-on learning is much like riding a bike. One doesn't read a book about riding a bike and then hop on and cruise down the road. No - it takes practice and likely a few falls. That’s hands-on learning - the time to try, figure it out and succeed ...

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  5. 200 micron fibers and collapsible ribbons are two hot trends in the fiber optic space?

    Be in the know on all the emerging trends in fiber – Check Out our Trends in Fiber Optics Webinar ...

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  6. Wendell Harris

    Wendell Harris

    WENDELL HARRIS'  21 years in fiber began as an Alabama DOT consultant for fiber optic network maintenance and repair. In 2009, he started WENlight Fiber Optic Services, a seven-employee company that provides fiber optic underground installation, fiber splicing, termination and testing, and network design and troubleshooting. He is a licensed general contractor in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.


    Wendell is a Navy veteran who served during Desert Storm. He is the father of seven sons and has six grandchildren (three granddaughters and three grandsons). Greensboro, Alabama is Wendell’s hometown, and he is a huge fan of college football ...

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  7. Paul Neveux

    Paul Neveux

    PAUL NEVEUX's 35 years of fiber optic experience can be described as soup to nuts, meaning covering a great deal! He has worked in research and development and R&D supervision, manufacturing engineering, pre-sales engineering, product management and he has earned 10 patents. Cable design and manufacturing and testing including material analyses are his areas of expertise.

    The interaction between light and matter, especially photovoltaics has always interested Paul. Continued learning and growth are important to Paul and are reflected in his academic achievements. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Antioch College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    In his spare time, Paul builds his own computers and is learning RUST, a programming language designed for performance and safety. He enjoys scuba diving ...

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