Why You Should Choose Fiber Optic Over Copper Cables

Why You Should Choose Fiber Optic Over Copper Cables

August 31, 2019

Copper cables aren’t as popular as they once were, and for good reason: fiber optic cables offer some significant benefits that copper simply can’t match. If you’re considering fiber installation in MT, or are in the market for an upgrade, read on to find out why fiber optic cables are a superior option for your new or upgraded network installation. Then call the pros at Tech Service Company to discuss custom fiber optic systems for your business network—we’d be glad to help!

The Future is Fiber

Here are just a few of the reasons our customers love their fiber optic cable networks:

  • Superior bandwidth and speed: Fiber optic cables were designed to transmit data, whereas copper cables were meant to transmit voices. The bandwidth difference is even greater when you use single-mode (as opposed to multimode) fiber. As for speed, it’s only 31 percent slower than the speed of light! This makes it so much faster and more reliable for your business’ cloud access, and speeds won’t decrease when the network is in high demand.
  • Goes the distance: As the information gets farther away from the switch, the signal starts to degrade. Copper cables were only meant to transmit data 328 feet, whereas some single-mode fiber optic cables can carry information up to 25 miles.
  • Safer: Since electricity isn’t used to conduct information through fiber optic cables, as it would be for copper cables, fiber optic is safer. It’s also less prone to electromagnetic interference, which can degrade or interrupt the signal.
  • More secure: Thanks to cable tappers, hackers and thieves can access regular cables easily. However, cutting into a fiber optic cable cuts the signal, making it harder to tap by virtue of that alone. Every business can benefit from stronger protection.
  • Water and temperature resistant: Copper cable is sensitive to moisture and temperature, which can interfere with the connectivity. Not using electricity is also a benefit with fiber optic cables over copper, since old or worn copper can be a fire hazard.
  • Sturdy yet flexible: Fiber optic is thinner and lighter weight than copper, which is prone to damage and breakage from pulling.
  • Lower cost overall, with room for upgrades: The future is fiber, which is why it’s convenient that many existing networks can use converters to add fiber to their networks, and leave room for upgrading in the future. It also saves you money on productivity. When your employees are suffering through downtime, delays and interrupted signals, you’re paying for them to be frustrated instead of complete what they’re working on.

If you’re looking for fiber installation in MT, the staff at Tech Service Company is happy to help. No matter how complex or large your needs may be, we can help design, build and install a system that exceeds your expectations. From complete backbone fiber installations, to smaller structured cabling jobs, to fiber testing and more, we can help make your vision happen. Contact us today to learn more about our services and arrange a consultation!

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