The rate at which information flows in modern digital technology is a marvel to behold. Limitless bandwidth transferred over a long, secured distance without data distortion or electromagnetic interference is a wonder made possible by optical networks.
The future of communication is bright. Boundless opportunities and ways are presented by optical networks, with options on how to transfer large chunks of data securely- without the fear of the dielectric effect that is usually associated with copper networks. Here are some of the benefits and opportunities, as well as challenges, to the fiber network.
Though initially available to service providers only, optical networking has outgrown the service-provider industry; businesses that need to transfer large data through a secure medium at high speeds are finding more use for it. The technology has come to stay with more possibilities and benefits to offer.
The speed of data on the optical network is exponentially increasing. However, the benefits are not all about speed. Where the fiber network makes an impact is on its ability to transfer at high speeds without altering data integrity. A fiber network can transmit data at a speed between a few hundred Gbps to two-digit Tbps while retaining the identity of the data along the line of transmission.
Unlike copper cables, fiber optic has higher bandwidth. The optic network has the advantage of massive information transfer, compared to other media of the same size, and gives room for expansion over a longer period. Organizations that require large data transfers are at an advantage if the optic network is deployed, due to the ease of transfer of huge chunks of information on the network.
The beauty of the fiber network is the fact that it is difficult to breach. This safety is related to the fact that it does not radiate electromagnetic charges, unlike copper and other available media that are common. However, interceptions of emissions are difficult because physical intrusion into a fiber network takes a lot of skill to go undetected.
If you have experienced thunderstorm that destroyed a major EOC coaxial network, which is a colossal loss, then the idea of the safety system fiber optic network presents is appealing. Safety from spark-related hazards is a major advantage to a fiber optic network that most networks are lacking. The truth is, copper communications are disrupted by electric current and can cause injury or death to humans.
One disadvantage of the copper system is the fact that more channels require bigger sizes, many strands and annoyingly, more cross interference. However, bigger sizes equate to needing more permits to excavate streets, unearthing cables and ultimately spending more in order to install a better copper system.
Optic networks are lighter, and because of their high data-carrying capacity, there is no need to increase the size of the original fiber cables.
With all the powers embedded in optic fiber such as data transfer, data security and breathtaking speed, fiber cables are amazingly thin and lightweight, with the tendency to occupy smaller spaces than an alternative cable of equal information capacity.
Just like any other system, fiber network comes with its specific shortcomings that can be a challenge if not properly managed. Initial costs can be higher. Long-term costs however are lower due to fiber lasting longer. In addition, when information on fiber optic network needs to travel a long distance, the system needs constant repeating at intervals.
The major problem with the optic network is its fragility. It can get broken or have transmission issues if wrapped around a curve of a short distance; additionally, because of its fragile nature, it requires more protection than copper or other media.
The future of communication is getting brighter with the unlimited data capability the fiber network presents. There is no need to worry about how organizations will transfer large volumes of information over a long distance securely, without losing vital secret information to intrusion and theft.
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