Installing Internet Services? Choose Fibre Optic over Copper Cabling

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Installing Internet Services? Choose Fibre Optic over Copper Cabling

17 October 2017
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When it comes to data cabling services, copper data cables have been the ubiquitous option in the Australian market. Firstly, copper cables are economical, making them cost-efficient for both residences and business alike. Secondly, since copper cables are already pre-existent in numerous buildings, they are convenient when you are only looking to extend your network. Nevertheless, this does mean that they are the best choice as digitisation continues to expand. The latest entrant in the market is fibre optic cabling, and it is proving to be more advantageous than traditional copper cabling. If you are considering installing internet services, the following are a few reasons to pick fibre optic over copper cabling.

Fibre optic cabling provides fast data transmission

A primary advantage of opting for fibre optic cabling over copper wiring is the enhanced data transmission that you get. The fundamental principle of data transmission using cabling is how fast photons will travel as compared to electrons. Although fibre optic cables may not transmit data at the speed of light, the rate of transmission does come close to this, which is unlike copper cables that are slower. As a result, you will find you are not burdened with having to endure buffering videos, slow downloads and more.

Fibre optic cabling is less susceptible to attenuation

When data is travelling long distances through copper cables, there is a high chance of signal loss occurring. The reason for this is copper cables have a specified range in which they can transmit data until they start to experience power loss. Fibre optic cabling, on the other hand, can cover much longer distances. Therefore, this form of data transmission has low attenuation since there is a minimal chance of signal loss happening.

Fibre optic cabling prevents electromagnetic interference

A major drawback that comes with copper cabling is its propensity to succumb to electromagnetic interference. If the copper cables have not been installed correctly, or if they have started to degrade due to ageing or environmental factors, they begin to emit electromagnetic currents. These currents subsequently start to affect the other wiring in the system and can cause significant downtime with your network. This downtime can deal a considerable blow to productivity, connectivity and more. Since fibre optic cables are not made from metals, they do not have the ability to conduct electricity. Thus, you can be assured that electromagnetic interference will not affect your data network.