Taking a Look at Fiber Optics: Fact and Fiction

Fiber Optics

Being that fiber optics are still a relatively new technology, there’s a lot of misinformation regarding its capabilities.

When we talk about fiber optics, we must remember that thanks to many investments and innovation, it’s still a relatively new technology. As with any newer technology, there are a lot of misconceptions out there that may prevent end-users from having the experience they deserve. It’s easy to be resistant to change—even technological change that can improve your day-to-day experiences—purely out of a lack of understanding so we’re here to clear up a few myths that persist about fiber optics.

Is Fiber Cabling Fragile or Easy to Break?

In some instances, working with glass fiber does require a bit more care than traditional alternatives, though this isn’t the case when most people refer to fiber optic cabling. Splicing fiber optic cables can be tricky, but with the advent of “pre-terminated” cables, exactness for an install is greatly possible and even provides time savings.  A completed fiber optic cable assembly is designed to withstand some of the toughest conditions and installations for a reason. In fact, the military will often substitute other kinds of cabling with fiber options in harsher areas, as fiber tends to provide more reliable communication.

Does Fiber Support Wireless?

Some may have heard the myth that fiber optics won’t support wireless networks. In fact, most telecommunications companies have developed a heavy reliance on fiber optic cabling as an essential element in their wireless offerings. Thanks to the larger bandwidth and long-term compatibility with network equipment, fiber offers a workable solution for wireless needs. Most DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) have ONLY fiber as the preferred cabling method.

Is Fiber an Affordable Option?

Sometimes the upfront cost of fiber can be seemingly much more than copper. However, when the entire network is taken into account, fiber is capable of saving money as well. This means that cables can be run directly to a desk without additional telecom needs, and because of the requirement for less technology, that also means less power usage. Fiber has the additional benefit of having a long expected lifespan that makes it a viable option for many users.

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 (inside and outside plant)
  •     Electronic Security Systems (Access Control & CCTV Solutions)
  •     Distributed Antenna Systems
  •     Public Safety DAS
  •     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 info@fiberplusinc.com, 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.

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