single mode fiberInternational bandwidth prices are in free-fall, with some routes offering 10 Gbps wavelengths for less than US$5,000 per month. This is how much it is now costing for a link between London and New York. 4 years ago the same service was over $10,000 per month.

Miami to São Paulo link plummeting from $50,000 per month for 10 Gbps links to around $10,000. Other rates are also down substantially.

Today there are vast numbers of fiber cables under the oceans that have resulted in a glut of bandwidth.  Dense wavelength technologies have increased the bandwidth in a given cable. The glut means dark fiber is widely available which is driving  prices down.

Lower cable price help contain internet service providers’ costs, and even if broadband plan prices don’t change, it helps to expand user download allowances. Content delivery networks, like Steam, are a big beneficiary, since their job of getting content close to consumers they are heavy international bandwidth consumers.

With lower prices for 10 Gbps, we see more pressure on 100 Gbps service which is now becoming more widely available.. Its only a matter of time before somebody starts selling 1 Tbps service.

TIA-598-C single mode fiber is lower in cost making it popular with data centers. The fanout connects to the adapter panel, the other end is simply spliced into the main trunk. Cables are color coded to make installation easier.

Single Mode Fiber

Wiring up the studio with fiber is desirable but the cost at present is still a tad more than we can afford. For that reason we make do with cat 7 copper which can handle 10 Gbps over 100 meters. Cat 8 cable is slowing becoming more available which can support higher speeds over short distances.