Why are fiber-optic cables better?

 

Why are fiber-optic cables better?

  • By transmitting data as pulses of light rather than electrical signals or radio waves, fiber-optic cables enable Internet connectivity with faster speeds and higher bandwidth.

  • Fiber-optic cables are unaffected or less affected by temperature fluctuations, adverse weather conditions, fire hazards and electromagnetic interference from high-powered electrical equipment nearby.

  • Fiber-optic cables offer much higher levels of security than other forms of Internet access.

With the rise of gigabit fiber Internet services in cities and states throughout the country, more IT administrators are realizing the benefits of fiber technology and fiber-optic cable speed over competing high-speed Internet services. Much of the reason for the superiority of fiber technology is because of the quality of fiber-optic cables. But exactly why are fiber-optic cables better than copper cable or satellite transmissions?

Here’s a brief discussion of “Why are fiber-optic cables better?” and about the benefits of fiber Internet over other types of high-speed Internet access.

Why are fiber-optic cables better?

Fiber-optic cables are made of many very thin strands of glass or plastic fibers that are approximately 1/10 the width of a human hair. By transmitting data as pulses of light rather than electrical signals or radio waves, fiber-optic cables enable Internet connectivity with faster speeds, higher bandwidth, greater reliability and increased security.

Why are fiber-optic cables better in terms of speed?

Data can travel over fiber-optic cables at nearly the speed of light. With copper cables, data travels at the speed of electrons rather than photons, or roughly 100 times slower than data transmitted over fiber-optic cables. That’s why fiber Internet services can offer speeds up to 10 Gbps, while cable Internet services typically max out at 100 Mbps.

Why are fiber-optic cables better for maximizing bandwidth?

Bandwidth in Internet services is both a function of speed and of the range of frequencies over which data can be transmitted without loss or attenuation. The range of frequencies for fiber-optic cables is quite high, while the range of frequencies for cable and satellite Internet is comparatively low.

Why are fiber-optic cables better for reliability?

The copper wiring used in cable Internet services is susceptible to temperature fluctuations, adverse weather conditions, fire hazards and electromagnetic interference from high-powered electrical equipment nearby. Fiber-optic cables, on the other hand, are far less affected or unaffected by these conditions. Additionally, fiber-optic cables are much tougher than copper wiring, making them less likely to break under pressure.

Why are fiber-optic cables better for data security?

While electrical signals sent over copper wiring or satellite transmissions sent via radio waves can be easily intercepted with the right equipment, light signals sent over fiber-optic cables are almost impossible to intercept and decode. Consequently, fiber-optic cables offer much higher levels of security than other forms of Internet access.

Why are fiber-optic cables better with the Spectrum Enterprise fiber network?

At Spectrum Enterprise, we provide fiber Internet access through a gigabit network that features dedicated Internet access and symmetric upload and download speeds of up to 10 Gbps. The Spectrum Enterprise fiber-optic network is comprised of thousands of fiber-route miles and fiber-lit buildings in 41 states and 32 metro areas, providing enterprises across the country with access to fiber Internet, voice, TV, cloud and managed network services.