understand the advantages of fiber over copper based
communications, it’s important to distinguish the two.
Optical fiber - a
medium that transmits signals using light. Typically it’s a laser
that pulses down the fiber to represent data
Copper cable -
this type sends communication signals in the form of electrical
pulses down twisted pairs.
The advantages fiber has over
copper communication are:
- Nearly unlimited bandwidth
potential. The only thing that’s limiting fibers bandwidth is the
electronic equipment attached to the ends of this cabling. There’s
been many instances where fiber that was installed more than 20
years ago are still being used to support high speeds. One recent
experiment recorded speeds at 44.2 Tbps!
There’s a lot to love about
fiber and it’s need for it continues to grow as consumption for