Each business decision you make has the potential to affect your business either positively or negatively. For that reason, it is critical to weigh up your options carefully so you do not take steps that will harm your business, but allow it to flourish. When it comes to data transmission, a good number of new businesses are going for fibre optic cabling while those that have been around for long are upgrading to the same. This trend is largely caused by the many tremendous perks that fibre optic cabling has to offer businesses. Below are a few you might want to know about.
Bandwidth is a measure of how much data can be transmitted per unit of time. Of all cable-based data transmission systems available, fibre optics offer the highest bandwidth. This makes them ideal for businesses that have bandwidth-hungry applications, such as sending and receiving large size files. The icing on the cake is that when more bandwidth is required, new equipment can be integrated into the inert fibre cable, which can immensely increase the capacity of the already laid fibre. This way, it is easy and less expensive to cater to increasing demand for bandwidth.
Electromagnetic interference, commonly referred to as EMI, is a phenomenon that is common with metal cabling. It usually occurs when metal cables are placed in parallel with electrical cables. As metals are good conductors of electricity, they can pick up electrical current from the power cables when data is being transmitted, resulting in EMI, which reduces data transmission efficiency. This is usually prevented by running data and electrical cables separately and maintaining enough distance between the cables. Because data signals are transmitted over a non-metallic medium, fibre optics are invulnerable to EMI. What is more, there's no electrical-induced noise that occurs when stray current reaches the cabling.
Another reason as to why the demand for fibre optic cabling is so high is because of its cost effectiveness. With all the benefits that it has to offer, you would think that it would be more expensive than the traditional metal cable data transmission systems. Surprisingly, that is not the case. When compared to copper cables, fibre optics are much cheaper to install. Fibre optic cable is lighter, thus making it easy to install. This reduces the cost of labour. Also, fibre optics can run in parallel with power cables, so there is no need installing separate conduits for your data cables.