Fun Facts About Underground Optical Cables

Underground Optical CablesDid you know that there heaps of underground optical cables out there that are being used to transmit innumerable of data on a daily basis? There are even a bunch of optical cables that run across the world’s various oceans connecting countries to the World Wide Web. There are a lot of interesting facts about these cables. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

There are almost 300 communications cables running across the bottom of the ocean.

Contrary to what you may have heard, there isn’t just one or two communications cables running across the bottom of the ocean and keeping people connected. There are almost 300 of them and that number is growing all the time. A handful of them are not currently in use, though they will be turned on at some point down the line. The cables are also not built to last forever. They’ll only work for about 25 years before they’ll need to be upgraded.

Installing these cables and all underground optical cables is hard work.

As you might imagine, installing underground optical cables, whether at the bottom of the ocean or on land, is very hard work. It’s also incredibly expensive. It can take months for workers to carefully place underground optical cables at the bottom of the ocean, and the cost of it is well into the hundreds of millions of dollars range. Additionally, it takes careful planning to ensure optical cables are placed underground in a spot where they won’t be harmed.

Repairing these cables is even harder.

The good news is that underground optical cables can be repaired if a bulldozer ever digs them up on land or a ship ever harms them in the ocean. But it’s not easy to do. If the optical cables are underground, they’ll need to be dug up and mended to get them working again. If they’re under water, there are robots designed to do repairs to them, though in some cases they’ll need to be brought to the surface to complete the job. Either way, it can be a huge hassle completing repairs on underground optical cables.

Do you have underground optical cables that need to be repaired or serviced right away? Connected Fiber is up for the job and can provide you with the fiber optic services you need. Call us at 910-443-0532 today to get started.


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