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The Benefits of Fiber Optics

Fiber Optic cables are thin strands of pure glass, similar in diameter to a human hair. These stands of glass are used to transmit light signals over long distances. They can be arranged in many different sets or bundles inside of one cable to transfer varying amounts of information.

Fiber Optic cabling is now the most prominent medium for the transfer of data and information in the utility network and communications fields. Its ability to carry data efficiently and securely over long distances make it the most requested form of cabling by companies.

Fiber Optics is used heavily in commercial telecom, it has distinct advantages over traditional copper wire.

1. Immune to Electromagnetic Disturbances-
Traditional lines conduct electricity which allows any sort of Electromagnetic interference to enter the line causing disturbances in quality and consistency. Fiber optics are immune to this because the data is not carried by current, it is carried by light.

2. Security-
Fiber Optics do not radiate electromagnetic like a traditional cable does, which makes is susceptible to “tapping.” To gain access to the data being transported in the fiber optic cable, it must be physically cut which is very difficult to do undetected.

3. Speed-
By using light to transmit data rather than electricity Fiber Optics is much faster.

4. Safety-
Because Fiber Optics do not use electricity to transmit, they are inherently safer and eliminate spark hazards.

5. Installation-
Fiber optic cables are much smaller and more flexible than traditional cable without losing speed and bandwidth capabilities making them easier to install in small spaces. They are also able to run along side electrical cabling without interference, unlike coax. Fiber cabling also comes in more protective coatings, such as armored jacket fiber cabling. This also aids in protection of the fiber cabling during installation, not only the initial installation, but other installations happening alongside the cable in the future.

6. Distance-
Fiber Optic cables are capable over transmitting data much longer distances without the need of a retransmitting the signal.

This form of cabling is pliable, lightweight, secure and highly conducive for the transfer of information. If your business is looking to start, upgrade or expand their network, Fiber Optic cabling is the way to go!

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