Fiber Optic Facts

Fiber Optic Cabling Facts: 10 Things You Might Not Know – Part 2

You’ve already learned 5 of our 10 favorite facts about fiber optic technology and all it can bring to the table for data transmission. The first half provided you with a rare glimpse into the technology that might just revolutionize data and information transmission. Now, we’re going to cap off that top 10 list with the next 5 of our favorite fiber optic cabling facts.

Here again, are 5 fiber optic cabling facts that might have flown under your radar all these years. Hopefully they help further immerse you in an exciting and revolutionary technology:

  1. Fiber Optics Are Thin & Lightweight – Because fiber optics can be compressed and drawn thinner than any copper and metal wirings, they can be made smaller, thinner and lighter than any existing non-fiber optic cabling. This makes it easier to carry, install, transport and use. How light? NASA uses it in its space shuttles.
  2. Fiber Optics Are Secure – Tapping into and hacking into fiber optics is much more complex and much more expensive than the tools and expertise required to tap into copper and electrical wiring. This makes fiber optic cabling far more secure than normal wiring.
  3. Fiber Optics are Efficient – When information is transmitted across copper wiring, the signal can degrade. Light passing long distances does not degrade nearly as quickly as electrical signals meaning fewer stations needed to maintain the quality of the information. Less stations mean more efficient transmissions.
  4. Fiber Optics Are Weather Safe – Because it’s not electricity being sent through the wiring, changes in weather cannot affect the signals or information being transmitted. Rain, cold, lightning, all of these can affect traditional electrical signals but not fiber optics.
  5. Fiber Optics are Binary – Digital data is binary. Knowing this, and knowing that fiber optic cables are binary means it is the perfect way to transmit digital data. There is no interference of multiple cables next to each other, no residual charges.

There you have it! Our 10 most interesting and helpful facts to help brush your knowledge of fiber optic cabling up. There is plenty to know and plenty of exciting developments in the world of fiber optic cabling installations. Now is the perfect time to get on board and learn all you can.

To learn more about fiber optic cabling installations and how the technology can help push your company into the next level, please feel free to visit Datatrend’s Fiber Optic Cabling page.