In the past, copper has been the standard type of cable used for business communications. However, fiber optic cable has been recently replacing it. Fiber is a bit more costly than copper, but the advantages of using it in new buildings outweigh the price. If you are looking to expand or start a new business, here is why you should consider fiber optic for your cabling needs:
Less Signal Loss
Attenuation is one of the biggest challenges on any long-distance wiring project. For example, the longer the cable, the higher the attenuation (i.e., signal loss). All long wires experience a degree of signal loss. Fiber optics though, undergo much less signal loss than other cables.
Believe it or not, but fiber optic cables transmit information at just under the speed of light. Fiber optic cables deliver 1,000 Mbps of data. This is remarkably fast, considering the typical internet speed is between 75 and 150 Mbps. What this means for you is faster internet and shorter download times.
Fiber optic cables are also more secure than other types of cable. Here are some specific risks that they eliminate:
- Zero fire risk: There is no fire hazard risk with fiber optics. This is because they do not conduct electricity, which means you do not have to worry about sparks or surges.
- Zero electromagnetic interference: As mentioned above, fiber optics do not conduct electricity. Because of this, they will not interfere with other surrounding cables.
- Durability: Fiber optic cables are much less likely to break than other cables. This means that you will not have to worry about replacing them nearly as often.