A fibre optic cable is shares many similarities to the electrical cable counterpart. It is a flexible, transparent fibre made by drawing glass, used  to transmit light between the two ends of the fibre. The optical fibre elements are typically individually coated with plastic layers and contained in a protective tube suitable for the environment where the cable will be deployed. Here we discuss the benefits of choosing fibre optics cables for your cabling needs…Benefits of Fibre Optic Cables:

Bandwidth

Fibre optic cables have a much greater bandwidth than metal cables. The amount of information that can be transmitted per unit time of fibre over other transmission media is its most significant advantage.

Low Power Loss

An optical fibre offers low power loss, enabling longer transmission distances. When compared to its copper counterpart, in a network, the longest recommended copper distance is 100m while with fibre, it is 2km.

Interference

Fibre optic cables are immune to electromagnetic interference. It can also be run in electrically noisy environments without concern as electrical noise will not affect fibre.

Size

In comparison to copper, a fibre optic cable has nearly 4.5 times as much capacity as the wire cable has and a cross sectional area that is 30 times less.

Weight

Fibre optic cables are much thinner and lighter than metal wires. They also occupy much less space with cables of the same information capacity.  Lighter weight makes fibre easier to install proving beneficial in the long term.

Security

Optical fibres are difficult to tap. As they do not radiate electromagnetic energy, emissions cannot be intercepted. As physically tapping the fibre takes great skill to do undetected, fibre is the most secure medium available for carrying sensitive data.

Flexibility

An optical fibre has greater tensile strength than copper or steel fibres of the same diameter. It is flexible, bends easily and resists most corrosive elements that attack copper cable.

Cost

The raw materials for glass are plentiful, unlike copper. This means glass can be made more cheaply than copper.

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