Fiber optic communications is different from any other data transmission method. It does not use electrical signals through a conductor to transmit information. Instead, modulated light is used to quickly transmit data over long distances through an insulated glass fiber-type material. Fiber optics is currently the best long-distance communications method because it provides much faster data transfer speeds when compared to traditional media such as copper wire.
- Increased benefits. Fiber optic cable offers many benefits over conventional copper or coaxial cabling. With high tensile strength, lower mass and smaller size, fiber optic cabling can maximize wiring conduit usage while minimizing installation problems.
- Resistant to outside interference. Since fiber optic cables do not carry electricity, they are ideal for volatile environments where a spark from a conventional broken copper line could result in explosive consequences. If a fiber optic cable is broken, there is no risk of electrical shock. Also, glass fiber will not corrode.
- High Transmission Distance. Here the true benefits of fiber become apparent. Because it is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI), fiber offers a much cleaner signal than copper at long distances.
- High bandwidth capability. Fiber optic technology provides unparalleled performance with the flexibility and expandability to meet future demands. Data transmission rates in excess of 10 Gbit/s are already possible, making it the ideal cable infrastructure technology for tomorrow's networks.