We’ve written quite a bit about fiber optic trends and advances, but what exactly are fiber optics and what makes them so much more efficient than traditional (generally copper) wiring?
Fiber optics are less expensive. Miles of fiber optic wiring are far less expensive to produce and install than copper wiring. They are thinner and can be drawn to much smaller diameters than copper wires. Because they are so much thinner, more cables can be bundled into a single wire, meaning that they have a higher carrying capacity than traditional wiring.
There is less signal degradation in optical fiber wiring than in copper wiring. And unlike electrical signals fired in copper wiring, light signals in fiber optic wiring don’t interfere with each other in a single cable. The leads to clearer phone conversations, TV reception, or internet resolution. Because of fiber optic degradation levels, lower power transmitters can be used, which saves both you and your provider money.
Optical fibers are ideal for digital information carrying, making these cables especially useful for computer technology. There is virtually no fire hazard associated with fiber optic cables, because there is no electricity involved. Practically, fiber optic cables are much lighter and take up less space in the ground than copper wires.
Fiber optic cables are so flexible, that they are used in many digital cameras. This includes medical imagery equipment like bronchoscopes, endoscopes, and laparoscopes, mechanical imaging equipment used to inspect welds in crafts like airplanes and space shuttles, and plumbing to inspect sewer lines.
Because fiber optic cables have such an advantage over copper wiring, we’re seeing them pop up in more and more private and public sector businesses – most notably the telecommunications and computer network industries.
When you’re ready to optimize your technological needs, in your business or your home, contact Connected Fiber today. We’ll be happy to help.