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Learn the Basics of Fiber Optic Technology

by | Dec 4, 2019 | MyTek Blog, Technology


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The internet reigns supreme over other types of technology available today due to fiber optic technology. When Cisco tried estimating the economic impact of the internet, they came up with the figure 19 trillion dollars, 21 percent of the money in the world. Hence, you must make full use of this valuable resource.

A fiber optic cable consists of tiny strands of glass fibers, each wrapped in an insulated casing. These fibers are hardly thicker than human hair and they transmit data through a pathway. The cladding reflects the light and maintains the signals. Also, a layer of glass provides insulation to the core. Hence, using this cable is an efficient way to transmit data for a longer distance.

Fiber optic cables provide more stability to the long-distance transmission of data and support higher bandwidth as well. At present, the infrastructure can be seen in telephone systems, cable television, and the internet. 

Here are the key benefits of using fiber optic cable.

  • Higher Data Carrying Capacities – A fiber optic cable can carry far more data than copper cables. The speed of transmission can be 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps, and 100 Gbps.
  • Long-Distance Travel – Light can travel long distances without losing its strength, eliminating the need for many signal boosters.
  • Low Interference – While a copper cable is susceptible to external electromagnetic interference, the shielding to prevent this interference is not always effective. But, fiber optic cable is not vulnerable to electromagnetic interference.

These reasons make fiber-optic cabling the apt choice for long-distance connections, but some Internet providers use it for direct customer access. 

Here are some of the ways to deploy the cable:

  • Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) –  Here, fiber delivers media services to residential buildings.
  • Fiber to the Building/Block/Premises (FTTB) – You can use FTTB in commercial buildings.
  • Fiber to the Curb of a Node (FTTC/N) – Here, the cable connects a node, and the copper cable connects to the customers.
  • Direct fiber – Direct fiber runs directly from the central hub to the customer, which is less expensive.
  • Shared fiber – Shared fiber is designed similar to a direct fiber, but it is split to serve multiple customers.

Getting a fiber optic cable connection can prove expensive for your business. With the new infrastructure associated with it, fiber cable can just end up being an option for you.

To learn more about technologies that shape today’s businesses and how you can use them for your business, keep reading our blog!


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Tim Tiller, LMSW

Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.


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