As modern businesses become more digital and their data transmission requirements grow ever larger, it's easy to see why ordinary, copper telecommunications cabling is falling behind -- after all, these cables were originally designed to carry only telephone signals, a much simpler prospect than the complex data transmission needs of tools and equipment connected to the internet.
As such, copper cables all across the cables are being replaced by more modern fibre optic cables, and the benefits these modern telecommunications cables provide speak for themselves. Here are some of the key advantages of replacing our outdated copper cables with fibre optics:
High bandwidth capacity
In layman's terms, the bandwidth of a telecommunications cable refers to the amount of data it can process and transmit at any one time. The bandwidth of traditional copper cables is quite large but nonetheless limited, making it unsuitable for transmitting very large packets of data such as multimedia documents and 3D images created with CAD software.
Fibre optic cables, on the other hand, have a maximum bandwidth many times greater than than of copper cabling -- so high, in fact, that its upper limits have not yet been conclusively defined. As such, installing fibre optic cabling ensures that all your data transmission needs are handled quickly and effectively, while making sure your business is well future-proofed against future technological advances.
Greater maximum transmission distances
Copper cables suffer from a certain amount of interference, created by the electrical resistance and attenuation offered by the copper itself. Fibre optic cables have far less of this signal-damaging interference to deal with, since they are made from glass fibres and use beams of light to transmit data and messages.
This transmission method allows fibre optic cables to transmit data over far longer distances before it becomes unusable due to excessive interference. As you can imagine, this is an incredible boon for businesses which require instant data parity across a wide area, such as financial services and communications providers. Efficient data transmission also allows you to spend less money on signal boosters and other equipment designed to supplement the long-distance transmission abilities of copper cabling.
A fibre optic cable designed to carry a certain amount of data is much smaller in diameter than a copper cable with equivalent data transmission capabilities. It is also lighter, and modern advances in fibre cutting technology have made terminating fibre optic cables almost as easy as terminating their copper cousins.
As a result, installing fibre optic cabling in your business premises can free up a great deal of space in cabling ducts, and reduces your need for large, bulky switchboards and server cabinets. Creating additional space you didn't know you had on your business premises can be a great financial boon, while your IT department and maintenance workers will appreciate how light and easy to work with fibre optic cables can be.
No scrap value
With a turbulent economy massively increasing the value of scrap metals such as copper, copper telecommunications cables are increasingly falling victim to scrap metal theft. a damaging and expensive problem that can cause significant periods of downtime and loss of connectivity. Fibre optic cables contain no valuable metals, and the glass they do use has very little resale value, discouraging metal thieves from targeting your valuable telecommunications infrastructure.