3 Big Fiber Cable Myths Debunked

These days, companies everywhere are upgrading from copper-based to fiber optic communication. While these companies are realizing—and experiencing—the benefits, there are still plenty of executives that are in the dark when it comes to transmitting information via fiber cables.

Here are some common misconceptions surrounding the use of fiber cables:

Myth: Fiber cables are too expensive

Reality: Due to the fact that manufacturing is becoming cheaper than it used to be, the cost of fiber optic communication is dropping. This is also due to the fact that there have been recent innovations in the way that signals are terminated. Due to the fact that fiber optics use light instead of electricity during the majority of the communication process, companies will experience a reduced electricity bill, as well.

Myth: Fiber cables are less durable—and prone to breakage

Reality: Many IT executives are currently under the impression that fiber cables are fragile due to their interior core of glass fiber. The truth, however, is that fiber cables are actually quite durable and less prone to damage than copper based cables. Fiber cables have a higher pull tension and can withstand harsher environmental changes, meaning that it is ideal for oceanic or arctic conditions.

Myth: Fiber cables are dangerous

Reality: Fiber cables are actually much safer than copper cables since they transmit signals in the form of light instead of electricity. This poses less of a fire hazard and also produces less interference, meaning sensitive equipment that could be nearby is safe. While fire and laceration precautions do need to be taken during the installation stage, once the system is up and running the risks are far less.

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