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An optical local exchange carrier (OLEC) is a telephone company that uses a fiber-optic system to connect customer equipment to carrier facilities, rather than the more traditional twisted-pair copper wires. Optical local exchange carrier access enhances network bandwidth by several gigabits per second.
The deployment of optical fibers increases network bandwidth, enabling the provision of high-quality videoconferencing, large file transfers, data storage warehousing and data mirroring.
In telecommunications, local exchange carrier is a regulatory term used to refer to the local telephone company.