Whether you are talking about your business communication technology, your provider has most likely tried to encourage you to upgrade your cabling to fiber optics. This type of cabling has enabled, in fact revolutionized, the communications industry as it offers more efficiency and security than old copper lines. Why is fiber optic cabling a good solution for your business?
The Rise Of Fiber Optic Cables
For nearly 200 years, copper was the main component of electrical wiring as it offers high conductivity, high tensile strength, and high ductility or flexibility. While it is still used for many applications, optical fibers made of glass or plastic strands offer additional advantages to the communications industry.
Within the last 50 years, optical fibers were developed by Corning Glass Works, while semiconductor lasers were introduced by GaS. These two inventions led to the development of the first commercial fiber optics communication system in 1975. Several generations of fiber optic systems have come and gone since then, and the current state of the industry has made the technology economical enough for local business and residential usage.
Advantages Of Fiber Optic Cabling
In an age of computer networks, there is a demand for transmitting large bodies of data. Fiber optic cables can handle the volume without loss of reliability over large geographic distances. Unlike copper, which is easier for criminals to penetrate, fiber optic cables offer more security. These qualities have made this type of cabling popular in communications, but also in the technology for drones and other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), transportation, and the military.
Fiber optic cables are also immune to other problems associated with physical copper wire. Conductive copper wiring must be grounded to prevent electrical interference, whereas glass-based fiber optic cables naturally resist interference. This means they can be used outside and near electrical cables with minimal problems of corrosion. Unlike copper, fiber optic cables are not sensitive to water, chemicals, or atmospheric conditions, so being placed in soil or near chemicals is not a problem. As a result, they are insulated and laid under oceans to facilitate worldwide communications. Because they are lightweight and physically smaller, they are easy to install where pre-existing pathways are small, such as when a building is rewired.
Mid Cities Data Comm Can Help You Make The Switch In Dallas/Fort Worth
Have you switched to fiber optic cabling for your business yet? Mid Cities Data Comm, Owens Corning certified fiber optic cable installers can explain why you should update and handle your inside and outside installations to meet current industry-wide standards. Serving Dallas/Fort Worth and all of Texas, contact us at (800) 603-2013 or via our website for a consultation and quote for a fiber optic upgrade.