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Do you know the advantages of optical fibre cables?

As previously noted, fibre optic cabling has a number of key characteristics that give it a clear advantage over traditional metal conductor cables in several important criteria. These include:


Bandwidth and data transferring in older metal data cables, usually copper, offer relatively limited bandwidth compared to fibre optics. Copper-type communication cabling was originally developed to transmit voice signals, which don’t require nearly as much bandwidth for mass data transfer as many modern applications now demand.


Speed – Using light pulses as the primary source of information conveyance gives fibre optic cables a huge speed advantage when compared to other modes of data transfer. Fibre will generally far outstrip the expected performance of even high-grade (Cat5 or Cat6) copper cables in this regard.


Distance – As well as being lightning fast, fibre optic cables can also carry their signals over much longer distances than traditional cabling types due to their low rate of signal power loss. Copper cables are usually cited as having a 328-foot limitation in terms of decent quality transfer distance; by contrast, certain single fibre optics can carry a signal over hundreds of kilometers given the right combination of materials, signal type (wavelength), and network setup.


Interference – Fibre optical cable installation provide significantly greater protection from interference than traditional metal cable types because they don’t physically carry an electrical signal. This further boosts their ability to transfer data quickly over much longer distances without suffering significant signal degradation.

Safety and reliability – Another difference between the optical fibre and copper cable is that the glass versions tend to be much thinner, lighter, and yet sturdier, making them able to withstand much greater pull forces and thus less likely to suffer damage or breakage across long runs than equivalent lengths of metal cabling. Fiber isn’t affected by inclement weather, moisture, or extremes of temperature to nearly the same extent that metal wiring can be – and furthermore, the fact that glass fibres don’t carry a current means they don’t present a fire hazard even when damaged or aging.