Fiber

Fiber

Fiber Optic Internet in your area.

A fiber optic cable is made either of very fine glass or plastic. A single strand of optic fiber material is able to transmit around 25,000 calls simulateneously - this alone gives you an idea of how much traffic a full fiber optic cable can handle at the same time. This technology is definitely the fastest since it uses light based technology rather than wire cables or radio waves for information transmission. 

The mechanisms of the fiber optic and its materials allow for the light not to leak out of the glass cable while it is traveling. The core of the cable is where the light travels. There is another layer wrapped around the outside of the core that is composed of two different types of glass that are meant to reflect the light inside the core. That way the light is not deflected outside the fiber optic core and the signal is not lost.  Fiber optic cables have higher bandwidth than copper cables. 

Fiber Optic Internet Benefits:

  • The fiber optic cable allows for less attenuation which means that the signal can travel for longer distances before it needs amplyfication.
  • Fiber optic is simpler and less expensive to maintain and operate. 
  • Opposite to technologies such as copper cables, the fiber optic doesn't witness any electromagnetic interference between the fibers. This means that the information is transfered more accurately and the technology is more reliable in terms of signal quality. 

Fiber Optic Internet Limitations:

  • Fiber optic is very fragile and cannot be bent like other cables. It requires a careful installation and is an expensive network to build for the providers, making it less available in certain areas. 
  • Fiber only carries data and doesn't allow to carry power such as Copper UTP cables. 
  • Fiber cables can be installed outdoors but they need extreme diligence and they need to be shielded. This shielding makes them less flexible to run anywhere and everywhere. It will also increase the cost of installation.