Fiber Optics : Nerves of Highspeed Internet

A fiber-optic cable is made up of incredibly thin strands of glass or plastic known as optical fibers; one cable can have as few as two strands or as many as several hundred. Each strand is less than a tenth as thick as a human hair and can carry something like 25,000 telephone calls, so an entire fiber-optic cable can easily carry several million calls.

Fiber Optics are the future of High Speed Internet.

There are some facts about Fiber optical cable you should know

1.) Fiber Optics are Thinner

Fiber is thinner and smaller, which could be the basis for many fiber jokes if one were to be creative. Here is an idea: Choose fiber because thinner and smaller means fewer painful blockages…data blockages!

2.) Fiber Optics are Lightweight

Smaller also means more lightweight, and anyone who eats a lot of fiber knows the benefit of being lightweight. From the standpoint of an installer, fiber optical cabling is easier to work with and transport. Easier to work with and transport also result in lower expenses, but there is another side effect worth considering: strain. Strain from moving heavy objects and the liability associated with such activities is one of the pillars of the insurance industry.

3.)Fiber Optics are more Secure

Fiber is more secure. Just thinking of all the bad jokes that could come from this is stomach turning, but the security benefits are tangible. Security is important, and the onus is often on the company that owns and/or runs the cabling. It is far easier to tap into electrical wiring than it is to tap into fiber optic wiring in a surreptitious manner.

4.) Fiber Optics are more efficient:

Signals sent over fiber optics do not degrade nearly as quickly as those sent over copper wiring. Light and electricity may travel at the same speed, but electricity transiting through any medium degrades. The greater the distance, the poorer the resultant signal. Fiber optics do not degrade nearly as fast, and there is virtually no signal loss in many situations. This means fewer sub-stations to maintain signal quality, which in turn means a lower infrastructure investment and obligation. Lower bottom lines are great for businesses and consumers.

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5.) Fiber Optics use Light:

 Since there is no electrical current passing through a fiber optical cable, there is no heat. No heat means a few things, but prime amongst the benefits is that fiber optical cabling is not a fire hazard in the same way that metal wiring is. Given how litigious people are these days, a fire that starts in an overheating cable might prove to be a very serious liability indeed.  While this would also be true of fiber optical cabling, there should not be any risk of a fiber optical cable melting during routine usage.

6.) Fiber Optics aren’t influenced by Weather Conditions:

Nothing seems to bother fiber optics. Because fiber optical cables carry light instead of electricity, they are not disturbed by changes in the temperature, rain, cold, or virtually any other environmental condition. Fiber optical cables are not immune to everything, but deploying and maintaining a network of wires is expensive and dangerous by comparison. Copper wiring can become brittle over time Cold ambient temperatures help transmit data over copper wiring more efficiently, but over great distances the results may be more electricity arriving at a port than expected.

7.) Fiber Optics are Faster:

Well the light doesn’t actually travel faster, but data is transmitted faster because of the increased capacity of fiber optic cables. How much capacity? Current commercial applications can transmit 10-80 Gigabits per second over a single channel.

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