What is Fiber Connectivity?
How Fast Can Fiber Connectivity Transmit Data?
A fiber-optic cable is a high-speed network cable, made up of strands of glass fibers. These strands are wrapped with an insulated casing and aren’t much bigger than a human hair circumference wise. Fiber-optics use pulses of light, generated by small lasers or light-emitting diodes to carry their communication signals, or data, from one point to another at an extremely high transfer rate. Fiber connectivity is the process of using technology to connect devices and ultimately to the internet.
A good comparison of how fast fiber-optic connectivity is, copper-based cable transfer rates range from 20-300 megabits per second (Mbps), while transfer speeds on fiber optics can go all the way up to 1 gigabit per second and beyond. This is why traditional copper cabling is starting to be replaced by fiber optic connectivity, helping to enable new high-speed services such as 5G networks and 4k movie streaming services.
In addition to higher speeds, fiber-optic connectivity has some advantages over older style copper cables:
- Less attenuation: (signal loss) fiber-optic signals travel roughly 10 times further before they need amplifying. This makes fiber networks simpler and less expensive to operate and maintain.
- No interference: Unlike copper cables, there’s no electromagnetic interference between optical fibers, so they transmit information much more reliably and with better signal quality.
- Low Latency: low latency means your business can successfully process real-time information.
- Higher bandwidth: Fiber-optic cables can carry far more data than copper cables of the same diameter.
- Access to the Cloud: Fiber optics provide the speed and resilience needed for cloud computing.
The advantages of fiber optics can mean cost savings for businesses of any type and size. While fiber optics may have a higher upfront cost, the long-term savings will more than make up for it. More and more companies are going paperless, and that means transferring data from spreadsheets and other documents to large database management systems, as well as adopting cloud-based technology. This only highlights the increased importance of quick, reliable fiber connectivity.
Talk to Cadsourcing today to see how your business could use fiber connectivity to improve the speed and reliability of your network!