A fiber optic cable is a cable constructed of glass or plastic fibers with the diameter of a human hair, inside an insulated casing. It is designed for long distance, very high performance data networking and telecommunication. A fiber optic cable has the capacity to provide higher bandwidth and has become the cable of choice for new telecommunication networks, especially for long distance lines. This cable is ideal for the internet, cable television and telephone systems.
How does it work?
A fiber optic cable carries communication signal using pulses of light generated by small lasers or LEDs. It is constructed of one or more strands of glass, which are almost the size of a human hair. The center of the strand, known as the core, provides a way for the light to travel. The core is surrounded by a layer of glass known as cladding. Cladding reflects light inward so that the signal is not lost. It also allows the light to pass through bends in the cable.
Advantages of fiber optic cable over traditional copper cabling
The following are some advantages of fiber optic cable over traditional copper cabling:
It has higher capacity: A fiber optic cable’s capacity to carry the amount of network bandwidth easily exceeds that of a copper cable with similar thickness.
It is less expensive: A fiber optic cable can be made cheaper than an equivalent length of copper wire. Therefore, it saves money.
It is thinner: It can be drawn to smaller diameters than a traditional copper wire.
It has higher carrying capacity: Since this cable is thinner than a copper wire, more fibers can be added to a given-diameter cable. This will allow more phone lines or more channels to go over the same cable or to come through the cable into the cable TV box.
It is non-flammable: No electricity passes through a fiber optic cable so there is no fire hazard.
It is lightweight: A fiber optic cable weighs much less than a copper wire. It also takes up less space in the ground.
It lessens the need for signal boosters: Light can travel much longer distances down a fiber cable. This lessens the need for signal boosters.
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