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Fibre Optics Explained: How It Can Help Your Business

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As a telecom professional I often get asked about fibre optics networks.  Hey Kyle, when can I get fibre?  How do you guys decide where to put fibre? And what is fibre anyway?

A lot of people want it because they know it’s an advanced network and can provide some pretty incredible Internet speeds. But that’s all they know, and that’s ok. So if you’re wondering what fibre optics really is, let me explain it like this:

A communications provider installs networks to provide telecom services – everything from your basic phone lines to TV and Internet connections. They also create networks designed and built specifically for a single customer who might need it for a unique business purpose like a company that needs to deal with huge databases of information across multiple offices.

The most advanced of these networks use fibre optics technology. Fibre is a thin and flexible cable that sends and receives data using light. Each cable is actually made of a bundle of fibres that are each made of glass and about as thick as a piece of human hair!

Fiber optics

Traditional copper networks that have been around since the invention of the Internet transmit electrical currents. But with fibre optics we can now transfer more data at much higher speeds and over longer distances. It’s a huge benefit over traditional methods.

So how does that help you and your business? Other than faster speeds mentioned above, there are several other reasons why it’s so great.

  1. Preparing for the future
    • Most new communications services in the future will be launched first on fibre optic networks.
    • If your business is growing and all of a sudden you need more speed you won’t need to rewire your network or get a technician on site. Just call your provider and they can turn it up – it’s that easy!
  2. Reliability
    • There’s nothing worse for a business today than an unreliable connection. Signal degradation is significantly lower on a fibre optic network. You won’t get choppy signals or unstable data transfers.
    • Fibre optic technology is far less susceptible to noise and electromagnetic interference than electricity along a copper wire. Less interference means fewer issues.
  3. Greener
    • Less power is required to input signals into the fibre optic network, and less energy is needed to build the network. 
    • Add it all up, and it equals a smaller carbon footprint. That’s good for everybody.

With all these benefits you can see why new networks are being made with fibre optics. This is the future of our networks.

Keep posted for our next article on businesses that should consider fibre networks for their communications technology. 

 

Top image by Flickr user blizzy78

Middle image by Flickr user Savannah River Site

Kyle Jemison

Trophy husband, University of Winnipeg graduate, and a B2B Marketing professional, Kyle has built his career in the telecom industry bringing new technology to Manitoba businesses. He has been heavily involved in the rollout of a province wide fibre network, and has previously worked on projects like the introduction of IPTV and Wi-Fi. Kyle is also a passionate sports fan, you can follow his rants on Twitter.

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