As time goes on, the price of fiber cabling goes down and the need for bandwidth goes up. This has lead to more and more ICT professionals wondering whether or not it’s time for them to upgrade some facilities to fiber optic cabling instead of their traditional copper. However, it all depends on your applications and what you need out of your system. Today, we’re going to look at three considerations that may influence whether or not fiber cabling is right for you and your needs.
1. Different Use Cases
What are you using the cables for? Do you need cables that run outdoors or between buildings? Is wireless an important feature for you? Different kinds of facilities have different needs, so it’s important to tally up the number of connections you’re working with, what those cables are all going to be used for, and whether or not fiber can be beneficial. Fiber just makes sense if you’re running cables throughout multiple buildings or across long distances. These days, most corporate facilities can massively benefit from fiber, for example.
2. New Projects vs. Renovations
In a building that already has existing copper systems, it may be difficult to justify the cost of upgrading whether or not to use fiber. If you’re using cables over large distances, it may actually become more cost effective to upgrade to fiber even though you already have copper installed. Most new projects can benefit from fiber cabling, however. For any project that has long-term installation needs in mind, fiber cabling is bound to outlast copper and is an appropriate replacement.
3. Amount of Users
There’s a reason the large tech titans were quick to adopt fiber and it’s because the number of employees they had, the number of devices they used, and the bandwidth they required all relied on fiber to work. However, that need has now hit university campuses, hotels, and other corporate offices because they all have so many users. A large number of users means having the infrastructure in place to properly service them all.
Get in Touch with FiberPlus
FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 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 (Fiberoptic, 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, Richmond, VA, and Columbus, OH. In Pennsylvania, please call Pennsylvania Networks, Inc. at 814-259-3999.