Fibre Optic Cable Installation Replaces Traditional Copper Data Cabling

Fibre Optic Cable Installations Have Started To Takeover Copper

Fibre optic cable installations are rapidly replacing copper as the standard for high speed data transfers. There are a number of factors that influence this and below we explore some of the technical details of how fibre optic cable installations work and what advantages they have over the traditional copper method for transmitting of data. 

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Have you ever wondered how fibre optic cabling works? How does data transmit through cables and just what can you use fibre optic cables for? Fibre optics is a technology that is designed to be made up of many glass threads. These glass threads are hair-width strands of ultra-pure glass which are perfectly formed. The glass threads are used in fibre optic cabling and are able to transmit or carry data and messages which are converted into light waves.

What is Fibre Optic Cabling?

Fibre optic cabling is a product made from the fibre optics technology and is made of a thin and flexible transparent fibre. Depending on what type of application the fibre optics will be used for, and how much data will need to transmitted using this technology, fibre optic cable can be used as a single strand of optical fibre, or larger groupings of these fibre optic cables.

How Does Fibre Optic Cabling Work?

The fibre optic cables are specially designed to act as a wave guide when in the process of transmitting data between the ends of the fibres. When using fibre optic cabling for transmitting data in communications, electrical signals are converted to light, these signals are then transmitted, received, and converted back from light to electrical signals. This process requires the use of optical sources and detectors that can operate at the data rates of the required communications system.

In order for optical fibres to be able to transmit data across long distances, they are needed to be highly reflective. To enable this ability to be reflective, the fibre optic cables are coated and put into ultraviolet ovens, which respectively apply, and then cure a thin plastic buffer coating  which in turn creates a mirror effect within the fibre. This process of providing a reflective coating occurs on the way to being spooled.

The finished fibre optic cables are then stringently tested across a variety of tests to ensure that they meet all standards and made into fibre optic cabling and used for communication of data.

There are 3 main types of fibre optic cables that are manufactured:multi-mode step-index, multi-mode graded-index, and singlemode.

Advantages of Fibre Optic Cabling

Fibre optic cabling offers a number of advantages over traditional communication methods as the fibre optic cables provide a much larger bandwidth than metal cables provide when communicating data. Below are the main advantages to using fibre optic cabling or when undertaking a fibre optic cable installation process:

  • Fibre optic cabling offers the user a larger bandwidth for transmitting data which ultimately means that it is able to transmit a larger quantity of data than traditional metal cables.
  • Fibre optic cables can better withstand electromagnetic interference. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can interfere with the transmission of signals and produces electrical noise induced in cabling by the presence of nearby electrical equipment such as radios, motors, air conditioners, fluorescent lights, nearby cables and power lines.
  • Changing electromagnetic fields have no effect on the light waves travelling along a glass fibre and therefore fibre optics work well in a heavy industrial or commercial setting.
  • Fibre optic signals transmit and carry with less loss than standard metal cables.
  • Fibre Optic cabling is less costly to maintain.
  • Data can be transmitted digitally (the natural form for computer data) rather than analogically.
  • Fibre optics are able to maintain signals over long distances
  • Fibre optic cabling provides very little risk of corrosion therefore making it more hardy to the environment.

Samsung Communications Centre can assist with all of your Data Cabling and Fibre Optic Cable Installation needs. We supply and install fibre optic cabling using our professional and qualified data cabling specialists.  Contact us for your Fibre Optic Cable Installation needs.

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