Manufacturers of plastic optical fiber and related technologies have long touted the medium as an alternative not only to copper but glass for wired communications applications. Yet, despite some success in aircraft, automotive, and industrial applications, plastic optical fiber hasn’t made much of a dent with service providers. Telefónica, however, recently announced the successful completion of gigabit home network trials with the technology. The confluence of factors that led to these trials may signal that network operators may finally see a role for plastic in their networks.
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