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Qwest Deal will Ignite Free Space Optics

Wed, 10/31/2001 - 7:00pm
Staff

Qwest Communications' "major" purchase agreement with free space optics vendor LightPointe Communications will spark a sector that is expected to become a $2 billion industry in 2006, predicted The Strategis Group.

Although details of the deal have not been made public, the agreement marks a "giant leap" forward for FSO technologies, which to date have been generally sold only to small carriers and private enterprises, the research firm added.

Moreover, the FSO sector is expected to expand as vendors overcome inherent obstacles and limitations, such as distance and fog, in creating technologies that leverage lasers to deliver broadband services and applications.

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