DATA AND FIBRE OPTICS
Fibre optic technology uses glass (or plastic) threads (fibres) to transmit data.
Fibre optic cable typically consists of multiple glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves.
Benefits of Fibre optics over traditional metal communications lines include:
> Fibre have a much greater bandwidth than metal cables and currently offer ultra-high speeds ranging from 1Mbps – 10Gbps symmetric (same download and upload speeds).
> Fibre is less susceptible to interference than metal cables which essentially means they can carry more data, offer high availability, minimal packet loss and low latency; ideal for growing networks.
> Fibre is much thinner and lighter than metal wires.
> Fibre transmits data digitally (the natural form of computer data) rather than analogically.