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RCN launches new high-speed, single fiber-optic technology, can carry large amounts of data

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A depiction of RCN’s wavelength division multiplexing, or WDM. (Contributed).
A depiction of RCN’s wavelength division multiplexing, or WDM. (Contributed).

RCN Business, the commercial division of RCN Corp. based in Princeton, N.J., launched a new high-speed fiber-optics technology to the Lehigh Valley and five other markets that provides unlimited bandwidth.

The technology, called wavelength division multiplexing, or WDM, converts multiple carrier signals into one optical fiber using different wavelengths of laser light.

RCN said the new technology provides reliable high-speed up to 100 Gigabits and secure end-to-end connectivity between locations and data centers.

“WDM has the ability to send different data types over fiber networks in the form of light,” said Joe Torraca, vice president of business services in Pennsylvania.

“By allowing different light channels, each with a unique wavelength, to be sent simultaneously over an optical fiber network, a single virtual fiber network is created. Instead of multiple fibers for each and every service, a single fiber can be shared for several services.”

He said the biggest use for the WDM is for transporting large amounts of data between sites.

While costs vary, WDM is less expensive than using multiple fiber networks to transport large amounts of data, Torraca said.

Patrick Knorr, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, RCN Business, said customers can control the network by choosing the specific route to create the shortest path for data to travel, “thereby minimizing latency and increasing the security of data.”

Knorr said customers want more bandwidth.

“This offering allows our customers to maximize growth with technology on the forefront of the industry and [to] stop worrying about scalability and downtime,” he said.

“Traditional bandwidth plans simply do not provide these opportunities.”

With WDM, business would no longer have to rely on ethernet routes.

WDM also is being offered in the Philadelphia area, Boston, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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