Fiber optic cables have been taking the place of traditional copper cables for several years now, due to their ability to transmit large amounts of data at quick speeds. However, some people are concerned that the fiber optic cables, which contain glass, may be more susceptible to damage over time. However, the truth is that when appropriately handled fiber optic cables are more durable than you may think. Fiber optic cables are designed to withstand the effects of time and use, but there are nevertheless three critical factors that can help ensure the longevity of fiber optic cables.
The Initial Strength of the Fiber Optic Cables
Of course, the first factor in ensuring the longevity of fiber optic cables is the strength and condition of those cables, to begin with. Some fiber optic cables have tiny cracks in their surfaces when they are first produced, which is why it is essential for fiber cable installers to test cables at the beginning to make sure they are in good condition.
The Installation of the Fiber Optic Cables
The longevity of fiber optic cables can be decreased if they are installed poorly. Those who install fiber optic cables need to be careful during the installation process. If the cables are stretched too much while putting them into place, this can cause faster wear on the cables than they should otherwise have.
The Surrounding Environmental Factors
Unfortunately, no matter how strong fiber optic cables are or how careful fiber optic cable installers are, the environment around the cables can still take a toll on them. Both extremely high and extremely low temperatures can affect the cables and cause cracking. If moisture makes its way to where the fiber optic cables are located, this can also create a faster breakdown of the cables.
Taking measures to ensure the longevity of fiber optic cables is essential for making sure that the systems and connections supported by fiber optics remain fully functional.
Get in Touch with FiberPlus
FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for 28 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:
- Structured Cabling (Fiber Optic, Copper and Coax for inside and outside plant networks)
- Electronic Security Systems (Access Control & CCTV Solutions)
- Wireless Access Point installations
- Public Safety DAS – Emergency Call Stations
- Audio/Video Services (Intercoms and Display Monitors)
- Support Services
- Specialty Systems
- Design/Build Services
FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.
Have any questions? Interested in one of our services? Call FiberPlus today 800-394-3301, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our contact page. Our offices are located in the Washington, DC metro area and Richmond, VA. In Pennsylvania, please call Pennsylvania Networks, Inc. at 814-259-3999.