Historically, copper cables have been the first choice for voice and data cabling installations. Lots of existing cabling infrastructures still use copper cables. However, it’s time for a change. Fiber optic cables, composed of strands of very pure glass as thin as a human hair, are the best choice now, particularly if you’re looking for voice cabling in Utah. Existing infrastructures can be updated with fiber optic cables, and many new installations use it exclusively. So why is fiber superior?
Cost: Fiber cable used to be incredibly expensive, with copper cable being more cost-effective. No longer is that the case. In the last few years, the cost of fiber components has drastically decreased, making fiber cable much cheaper than it has been. Though fiber equipment may still cost slightly more than copper, the cost of wiring copper networks ultimately makes the installation of copper cable more expensive.
Bandwidth: Specifically speaking of cabling for voice signal purposes, fiber optic links provide over 1,000 times more bandwidth (the maximum data transfer rate) than copper. They can also travel 100 times further, with only 3% loss of signal in distances over 100 meters, compared to copper’s 94% loss. Copper is perfectly sufficient for this job, but offers nothing close to the superior performance of fiber optic cables because of its bulkiness.
Safety and Interference: Since fiber optic bundles do not conduct electricity, these connections are resistant to fire, lightning, radio signals, or other interferences. Other environmental factors, like temperature, have no bearing on them. Copper cables do conduct electricity, which makes them vulnerable to these threats, as well as deliberate signal-scrambling. If you’re looking for secure data transmission, the threat of copper cabling being tapped may turn you off this material.
Substance: Copper cable is easily broken. Because it has a low tolerance for tension, it is often damaged during installation or by accident. Fiber optic cables are smaller and lighter and are more difficult to damage. As they are made out of glass, they are often covered in a protective sheath.
Whether you’re looking for voice and data cabling installations for a Utah office space, commercial business, school, or medical facility, fiber optic cables are a reliable, effective option for data transmission.
3C Business Solutions Inc. offers installation for data and voice cabling in Utah. Check out our site to learn more!