Over the last few years, the communications industry has seen a steady shift from copper wires to fiber optic cables. The difference in the amount of data that can be transmitted between the two is staggering. A standard copper wire is capable of carrying up to 10Gbps, or 10 billion bits per second, while fiber optic cable is capable of up to 60 Tbps, or 60 trillion bits per second.
Add in that fiber optic cable is immune to noise on the line, and has a life cycle up to 10 times that of copper, and you have an almost future-proof method of moving your data safely and quickly.
As the technology of fiber optic cable improves and becomes more commonplace, it has become a more cost-effective method of data delivery as well, which also translates into lower maintenance costs.
While the layout of a copper wire system vs a fiber optic cable system is virtually identical, fiber optic cable transmits its information using bursts of light reflecting off the inside of the cable itself. Think of a fiber cable in terms of a very long cardboard roll (from the inside roll of paper towel, or wrapping paper) that is coated with a mirror on the inside. If you shine a flashlight in one end you can see light come out at the far end – even if it’s been bent around a corner. This is how fiber optic cable transmits its information.
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