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  • Qwest Expands Fiber Network
Jul 2007
Qwest Communications announced it has upgraded its national fiber optic network with ultralong-haul (ULH) technology, increasing its broadband capacity and geographic availability of ultrahigh-speed services. Combined with Qwest's metro Ethernet or private line services, the upgrade provides connection speeds scalable from 1 to 40 Gb/s. The company said its QWave services, provided via the ULH network, offer customers an alternative to purchasing or leasing dark fiber. "Because Qwest's existing national network is a newer, high-performance, high-capacity network, the move to ULH has been fast, efficient and relatively surgical from a capital investment standpoint," said Pieter Poll, Qwest's chief technology officer. "We are simply upgrading existing fiber routes and expanding our nationwide points of presence."

dark fiber
Unused fiber; fiber that has been installed but reserved for future use. Carrying no light.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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