What benefits are there to fibre optic cabling over copper?

Awareness of fibre-optic technology is growing amongst consumers as one of the best new cabling solutions. It is one of the fastest expanding mediums for transmissions including horizontal, desktop and backbone applications, and this is due to a range of benefits that it offers over traditional copper cabling.

Higher levels of security

Fibre optic cabling offers a much safer alternative to copper cable – it is much harder to tap, and it gives out no signals. Should a cable be tapped, it becomes immediately obvious due to the output of light, which will make the system go down.

Design and costs

Fibre optic cabling offers a more durable, lightweight and thinner alternative to copper cabling, which allows for easier handling and saves a lot of space. It also providers 10 times greater pulling specifications compared to copper, and is overall much easier to test. Fibre optic cables and related components and hardware is decreasing over time.

Although termination is typically more expensive, as it requires specific skills to complete, it offers the potential to save money as a long-term solution as it requires less maintenance, has higher uptime, and doesn’t use as much networking hardware as copper cabling. Fibre optic also offers higher network performance than copper without the need for re-cabling.

Bandwidth improvements

Bandwidth from fibre optic solutions is far higher than that of copper cabling, with around 10GBps as standard speed. Although fibre speeds vary, they are often much higher than the copper alternative, as well as offering greater distances per single cable. This is because fibre optic cables can carry much more information than copper, explaining the growing popularity of fibre solutions.

Glass means reliable data transmission

Compared to copper, fibre optic cabling gives a much more reliable data transmission, and this is for a number of reasons. For example, copper can be affected by environmental factors that can interfere with services and cause damage, whereas the fibre optic core is made of one of the best insulators – glass. Where copper is sensitive to temperature change and cannot be exposed to water, glass is not affected by these things. Glass also doesn’t allow any electrometric or radio-frequency interference, so it can be run alongside industrial equipment without any worry about interference.

Migration capabilities

Copper to fibre migration is now becoming much simpler, with the cost and proliferation of media converters at an affordable price. These converters allow for links that are completely seamless and therefore integrate well with existing hardware to be incorporated into planned network upgrades.

It is clear that the benefits of fibre optic cabling are likely to contribute to a continued growth in popularity over traditional copper alternatives. If you’d like to find out more about fibre optic cabling and whether it would be a good fit for your requirements, get in touch with Suna Communications today on 020 8390 8811.

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