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Fibre optic cabling is a networking cable made up of thin strands of coated glass fibres, thinner than human hair, that transmit digital information via light pulses at the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second. The cable uses reflective cladding and an extra jacket for protection, unlike traditional copper cabling, which relies on voltage transmission. An optical receiver decodes the data transmitted by fibre optic cabling and sends it to the intended device.
Advantages of Fibre Optic Cabling
Fibre optic cabling offers numerous advantages in our ever-expanding digital world. Copper-based cabling is its main alternative.
Fibre optic cabling provides faster data transfer speeds and increased bandwidth compared to copper cabling. It also enables better video streaming and mobile connectivity, which benefits both residential and commercial customers.
Security and Power
Fibre optic cabling transmits data for vast distances with minimal power loss and maximum security, as the data is sent via light. This distinguishes it from copper cabling, according to Paul Taylor, MD of Integral Networks.
Size and Weight
Fibre optic cables have a smaller diameter than coaxial cables, allowing for more space in transmission. They are also lighter and easier to install due to their thinner nature.
Fibre optic cabling is lightweight, flexible, and easy to adjust, making it a smoother process for adding extra equipment to boost bandwidth.
Fibre optic cables last between 50 and 75 years, depending on the circumstances of their installation, which makes them durable.
Disadvantages of Fibre Optic Cabling
The potential disadvantages of fibre optic cabling include cost, installation complexity, and fragility.
The installation of fibre optic cables is still more expensive than copper cabling, although there has been a significant reduction in cost in recent years.
Installation and Fragility
Specialist training is necessary for installing fibre optic cabling because it is more fragile than other cable options, and splicing is more complicated. Therefore, an experienced expert team is recommended.
Advantages of fibre optic cabling overwhelmingly outweigh its disadvantages. Therefore, using this technology is a logical decision, especially as the world increasingly relies on it.