Fiber Optic Revolution
What is fiber-optics?
Fiber-optics uses light waves instead of electrical signals, providing higher bandwidth and lower operational costs. Fiber-optics systems are the base for development of the Next Generation Networks.
Fiber optic cables are the best communication infrastructure to carry digital payloads. They provide 1000 times more bandwidth for the high-performance networks, as well as broadband data speeds of about 100 times the speed of current DSL used for the residential Internet connections. Moreover, they are environment friendly, because they provides huge savings on space, and less power to operate on equipment.
Why fiber-optic systems are revolutionizing telecommunications?
The fiber-optic systems are the quantum leap compared to conventional copper wire systems. Some of the main advantages are listed below.
- Higher bandwidth
Fiber-optic links can provide about 1000 times more bandwidth. In addition, they provider less signal degradation, that boost bandwidth even more.
- Longer distance
Fiber-optic cables support about 100 times longer distances then copper cables.
The same lenght of optical cable is cheaper than the equivalent copper cable, yet it provides many times higher bandwidth. An optical cable weights less than a comparable copper wire cable, and it takes less space as well, which helps in cutting down the transportation costs. On average, the cost of fiber is 1/100th of copper per voice channel.
Optical fibers are non-flammable and there is less risk of fire hazard because no electricity is transferred through fiber optic cables.
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