IT professionals prefer fiber optic cables over copper for many reasons. Businesses and educational and medical facilities benefit from the long distances, high speeds, and heavy bandwidth connections that fiber optic Internet offers. Both copper and fiber-optic cables transfer data but in a starkly different way. Copper carries electrical pulses along metal strands. On the other hand, fiber transmits light pulses along flexible glass strands. This difference equates to IT professionals preferring fiber optic cables, largely for the following reasons.
IT Professionals Prefer the Faster Speeds
Anyone who uses the Internet scoffs at websites taking forever to load or images and documents taking a while to upload or download. Copper-based transmissions max out at 40 Gbps, whereas fiber optics can carry data close to the speed of light.
Fiber transmits data over much longer distances than copper because copper cables max out around 100 meters. Longer spans are possible. However, it affects copper cables having a reliable transmission. It depends on the signaling and cable type, but fiber optic cabling can travel well over 24 miles.
Not Susceptible to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
The electrical signaling in copper cables creates a field of interference. Crosstalk is when multiple cables run near each other, and this interference hinders the desired messaging. Retransmission (providing a reliable connection) is expensive and can pose security threats.
Since fiber optics transmit light, it does not generate any EMI, making it more secure, requiring less transmission, and ultimately leading to an impressive return on investment.
Saves Space and Easier to Manage
You can compare human hair strands to fiber optic strands. Fiber optic strands are tiny and measured in millionths of a meter. In addition, fiber-optic cables do not require protective sheathing, making cables larger, extending to at least two millimeters in width. In short, fiber takes up less space making it easier to manage.
IT Professionals Know that Fiber Optics are the Future
Every year, the amount of data we use increases. The beauty of fiber-optic cables is that they can keep up with increased data consumption. IT professionals can look forward to not needing to replace cables to keep up with the times. When you invest in a modern fiber optic cabling infrastructure, it will last for years, if not decades.
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
- UL2050 Certifications and installations for Secure Spaces
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.