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Who owns Dark Fibre?

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Who owns Dark Fibre?

Who owns Dark Fibre?

You’ll have heard of Dark Fibre, but just who ‘owns’ Dark Fibre and is it something you should invest in?

Dark Fibre refers to unlit or ‘dark’ fibre optic cables that are leased from network service providers and carriers. Businesses use this Dark Fibre to create their own private optical network rather than leasing fixed bandwidth and enables businesses to control their own network.

One of the biggest downsides of Dark Fibre is the cost – not only to lease the fibre, but to attach the equipment at each end and for the in-house expertise required to run the network. However, despite that there are many advantages to Dark Fibre.

As Dark Fibre is unmanaged and privately leased, this mean the network can be configured in the way the business who has leased the fibre chooses, whether this is in a ring, point-to-point (P2P) or point-to-multipoint (P2MP). They also have the ability to then take advantage of technology such as Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) to get the very most out of the fibre.

Dark Fibre is also a dedicated connection, the capacity is not shared with anyone else so businesses can sure of no contention, as well as enabling the ability to easily scale bandwidth up and down as needed. Dark Fibre is best suited to those businesses who require high-speed and high capacity and can offer a future-proof option for businesses with the need to scale up or down as needed.

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  • What is Dark Fibre?


    A Dark Fibre network is essentially unused fibre optic cables with no service or traffic running on it – an unlit Point-to-Point connection. Unlike Ethernet or lit-fibre services, if you purchase the Dark Fibre, you will also need to deploy and manage the equipment needed to light it. You can find out more about what is Dark Fibre here and how it enables businesses to take control of their IT estate.

  • Who owns Dark Fibre?


    Businesses use Dark Fibre to create their own private optical network rather than leasing fixed bandwidth enabling businesses to control their own network. You’ll have heard of Dark Fibre, but just who owns Dark Fibre and is it something you should invest in?

  • How fast is Dark Fibre?


    Due to the high costs associated with Dark Fibre it would make the most sense to get the most capacity you can from the fibre. The question most people ask is how fast is Dark Fibre? Dark Fibre is virtually infinite and is simply down to what technology the business chooses to use.

  • Dark Fibre vs Lit Fibre


    There is a lot of conversation about fibre – but what exactly is the difference between Dark Fibre and Lit Fibre, and which one is right for you? There are several pros and cons for choosing either Dark Fibre vs Lit Fibre.

  • Dark Fibre vs MPLS


    To start with, what is MPLS? Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a type of connectivity that is well known for ensuring reliable connectivity for real-time applications and Quality of Service (QoS) to keep critical business information flowing. High-availability MPLS offers support for services such as VoIP, virtual desktops, video conferencing and cloud applications and guarantees no loss of quality.

    MPLS can offer robust and reliable connectivity, yet Dark Fibre offers a level of network future-proofing that other means of connectivity can’t. We discuss the pros and cons of both Dark Fibre vs MPLS here.

  • Dark Fibre vs Ethernet


    Dark Fibre is as it sounds and refers to fibre that is unlit and unmanaged but owned or leased wholly by the business purchasing it whereas, Ethernet for business is where the bandwidth required is leased from a connectivity provider who manages the network. Here we address the differences between Dark Fibre vs Ethernet.

  • Dark Fibre vs Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM)


    Dark Fibre is, simply, an unlit glass fibre strand with no equipment attached to it. This gives businesses the option of using any protocol of their choice and their own equipment, whilst safe in the knowledge that only their traffic travels across that fibre strand. In this section we discuss Dark Fibre vs DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) and the benefits each can bring to your business.