A FIBER OPTICS BACKBONE
A Discourse on Planning an Appropriate Networking
Let me first note that because the main products of a post-industrial society are knowledge products, their transportation is done by network connections rather than physical connections of the Industrial Age, namely highways, railways, or airways. Worldwide networking infrastructure is what has been coined as Information Highways in popular culture. The first of which being the Internet itself.
For example, Microsoft produces a substantial set of products that are sold in the world markets. Their products are programs such as MS Word. To transport such products, one does not have to move any physical entity and only the movement of information is needed to transport these kinds of products from the producer to the consumer.
With the increase of the above types of products in the world production, the need for powerful networking infrastructures is rapidly increasing. Of course, beside the need for movement of data, the co-production of products in multiple sites, not only requires the networking technologies for transporting data, but it also requires the ability of multimedia real-time networking.
The above is the main reason for the growth of new networking technologies such as the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), not to be mistaken by the ATM cash machines. ATM is very appropriate for sophisticated real-time networking of multimedia content.
Of course, the networking applications such as the World Wide Web are used by individuals for recreation as well. The same way that highways are used by travelers for sightseeing and fun. But the main reason for the growth of highways during the industrial age, and the growth of the information highways in the Post-Industrial Age, is related to the type of products that are produced in each of these economies and the respective transportation needs for these products.
Recently for my work I had to manage two remote sites, one
As you may know,
Nowadays it is not just the cost advantage of
What I noticed, when comparing working with
This experience has shown me that in today’s world economy, if any country wants to really grab part of the high-tech business, they should do what Singapore has done, namely to create a very powerful networking infrastructure.
Recently, AT&T, finished
another transoceanic fiber to
For example, inside
What I think is needed is making FIBER OPTICS COMMUNICATION
LINES connecting all the major regions of
I heard that Fiber Optics production has already started in
I believe the Fiber Optics Communication infrastructure is the required infrastructure of the future. Relying on wireless satellites is not wise, not only because of the current problems of latency in satellite communications, and the current limitations of satellite devices for two-way communication, but also because it can get more expensive for relative short distances within the national boundaries as compared with a ground infrastructure, even if technologies like geodesics are used for satellite communications.
Although technologies like ADSL allow one to use copper for some high speed networking for branches, but definitely Fiber Optics is the solution for a national networking backbone, and technologies like two-way cable modem and ATM are at their best when end-to-end fiber connections and two-way repeaters are available.
It is strange that all the wireless works are being sold to
the third world countries but in the
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