Understanding What Fiber Optic Communications Are In A More Complex World

The most advanced services you can get involve digital phones and high-speed fiber internet services for business. The latter typically involves fiber optics, something that everyone generally takes for granted now and which nobody really questions given how much more advanced and complicated the world has become. Yet, if you really want to know more about fiber optics and how it works in the world of communications, the following is provided. 

​Explaining Fiber Optic Cabling

​A fiber optic thread is glass.​ Think of that for a second. The "thread" is a hollow glass tube about a fraction of millimeter in diameter. The signals, which are transmitted as pulses of light energy, are actually sent ​through ​the tube. When dozens of these threads are bundled together, dozens of signals are sent through the bundled cable and can be split to go different directions. Several cables connected to the same box outside connect to dozens of businesses within a specific radius. 

All fibers and cables are buried underground as well. They cannot be disturbed by electrical discharges (e.g., a bolt of lightning), nor can they electrocute people who make the mistake of digging above the cables. It is safer for both the fiber cabling and for people. 

​Why This Technology Is Preferred Over Other Options

​When you are comparing fiber optic communications to any any other type, you are talking about the difference between spider silk and cob webs. The fiber optics requires zero electricity to continue daily operations, which means that in a power outage, all of your company's fiber optic services will continue to work when everyone else's services do not. All other communications services require electricity at some point in the delivery line to work. When the power is out, so is your service. 

Additionally, electrical storms tend to interfere with the delivery of most other services. The particle charges in the air cause erratic signals with cable TV, dish TV, and their related internet services. With fiber optics, you do not experience that because the cabling is deep underground, and the very nature of the fibers prevents the interruption of signals. 

Bandwidth is also another thing to consider. Fiber communications can handle much higher bandwidths that the other types of service delivery models cannot (at least not with the speeds that the fibers can). For businesses that have to have a greater bandwidth and greater control over that bandwidth, the fiber delivery system is preferred.