We have been hearing the term fiber optics since the early 90’s but really the concept has been around since the late 1800’s when William Wheeler used the basic concept of fiber optics to use one light source to light his whole home instead of having a light source in each room. Thankfully the technology has come a long way since then but what is fiber optic technology like today? Fiber optic technology uses glass or plastic threads to transmit digital data. One fiber optic cable consists of a bundle of glass or plastic threads that is capable of transmitting messages that have been sent by using light waves. This technology has greatly improved data communications worldwide and it has many advantages over its copper wiring counterpart.
Copper wiring has been used for years to transmit phone calls across the nation. It works by sending analog electrical signals. These signals, however, are susceptible to bad weather, interference, and break down of the signal itself when it is transmitted over a long distance. It is not bothered by weather or by being close to another fiber optic cable because there are no electrical signals to interfere with each other. It is still possible to have some degradation of the signal but built in signal booster technology enhance and strengthen the signal as it goes down the cable plus the faster travel speed means it is less likely to break down the information. Fiber optic cabling is lightning fast, transmitting over 10 gigabits per second per channel. This enables businesses to have reliable and fast data communications that are less open to outside hacking. Another benefit for businesses is that fiber optic cabling poses no fire hazard because it uses light to create the signals instead of electricity. Also, it is less expensive to purchase than copper wiring and takes up less space in the wall. Yet another benefit is that fiber optic cabling uses less power so it is less expensive to run. Of course there are always a few downsides to technological advancement. Fiber optic cabling is more expensive to install because it is more fragile than copper wire and the technicians have to be careful but overall the benefits are tremendous. Fiber optic cabling has less of a carbon output, lower emissions, and lower pricing. For more information about switching or building your office using fiber optic cabling call Affordable Telephone today!
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