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BANDWIDTH; Any way you slice it: Passive optics serve up wavelength splices.(Quantum Bridge's optical access platform links copper and fiber networks)(Company Business and Marketing)

The gap between last-mile copper and fiber runs wide for small and medium-sized businesses caught in the shadow of tall, shiny buildings. Linking onto a Sonet ring can cost a small fortune, while DSL doesn't offer enough bandwidth for some customers. But by using inexpensive passive optical networking splitters and couplers, and an optical access platform that splices wavelengths, one company found a way to bridge that gap.

Quantum Bridge's optical access platform splices individual wavelengths and offers bandwidth to customers, giving them just what they need, rather than too much or not enough. With one pair of fibers, the platform can offer variable bandwidth rates to 32 customers. …

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