Feb 11, 2013
When it comes to telecommunications cables are king. Without the endless web of cables connecting communication hubs data would go nowhere. In the not so distant past the world of traditional telecom cable was revolutionized by fiber optics. Fiber optic cables bring many distinct advantages to the world of data handling that was not previous available.
Compared to traditional copper cabling fiber optics can carry far more data at a fraction of the price. Not only that, but data can travel much farther without needing amplification. It’s not uncommon for fiber optic lines to transmit signals over 80km before needing a boost.
In addition to cost and signal transfer, another important improvement the fiber optic cable offers is signal quality. Fiber optic cables have a much higher degree of signal fidelity than traditional cabling and over 1000 times greater bandwidth. And, because Fiber optic cables are transferring light through glass they are not affected by electrical interference in the same way copper cable is. This makes them an important asset in lightning prone areas.
Safety is an added bonus for fiber optic cables. Because there is light, and not electricity, being transferred through the lines there is no risk of fire. Electrical fires are generally caused by damaged cables that run too hot and in turn create fire hazards.