Sunday, April 1, 2012
As you might be aware, the Internet doesn't have its global reach by magic. There's an entire infrastructure all around the world that allows data packets to zoom along at light speed, transporting all sorts of data to wherever it's needed... and that includes fiber optic cables crossing thousands of miles across the oceans and connecting different continents.
However, as you'd might expect, transporting trillions of bits of data each and every second over these cables has its consequences... a phenomenon known as bit rot leaves some of these bits stuck on optic cables, degrading its performance over time.
But fear not. Scientists have devised a cleaning method that will restore these fiber optic cables to full performance using high power pulse lasers.
Though they say most people shouldn't notice any internet connection issues, they warn that those who have a fiber to the home (FTTH) internet connection might experience some odd flashing pulses of light - and they say users might want to wear their sunglasses during the cleaning hours just to be safe.
The laser cleaning schedules will be posted in the next couple of weeks, and we'll keep you posted about the fiber optic cables cleaning status as it proceeds.