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Benefits of Fiber Optic Technology in an Office Environment

Information efficiency provides a big boost to the operations of a company. Therefore, a company which does not employ the latest in communication technology is lagging behind its competitors whose teams are communicating faster and managing their information systems better. The more advanced the tech, the further ahead is the leap in terms of competitiveness. Therefore businesses which use fiber optic technology in their offices are light years ahead of their rivals who still use copper wire based connections.

What distinct advantages does fiber optic technology bring to an office environment?


Fiber Optic Cables Mean Higher Bandwidth, Speed and Video Quality.

Fiber optic cables use entwined glass wires instead of the copper ones found in traditional telecommunication cables. Since light travels faster than electricity, data is transmitted faster in fiber optic cables than in copper wires. Fiber optic cables have a thousand times more bandwidth capacity than the connection types being used right now.

A copper based Internet connection means lower bandwidth and the more users there are on the network, the less resources there are to go around. The larger the network in a company, the slower the Internet gets. It also puts a limit to the quality of the connection in audio-visual applications. Video conferencing can be jittery. Downloading and uploading important office documents can take time.

The higher bandwidth, which fiber optic technology provides, allows a company to put more devices and users on the Internet without slowing down the overall connection. This means an organization can grow their network without constantly needing to upgrade their Internet subscription at every junction. The bandwidth coupled with the higher speed enables the use of various audio-visual devices and technologies which would have sapped network resources on a copper connection. Fiber optic cables also smoothly transfer digital images thanks to the sophisticated equipment used by their providers at the local routing stations.


Fiber Optic Cables are Immune to EMI.

The most common cause of the degradation of Internet speed is the exposure of routers and copper cables to electro-magnetic interference (EMI). Unfortunately, almost all electronic appliances and devices give off electro-magnetic interference meaning laggy, intermittent connections cannot be avoided in older DSL subscriptions. Internet connections will lag over time and the slowdown will drive office employees to call customer service to attend to the issue, resulting to lost productivity and time.

Since fiber optic cables operate by transmitting light and use glass, they are unaffected by EMI. The performance of the connection will remain constant as long as the wires are in good quality.

Fiber Optic Cables are not Disruptive to Analog Systems.

Traditional DSL cables work on the same line as the analog phone system. If a phone line is damaged, there is a possibility that the DSL signal will leach over the analog channel on the same cable and affect the voice quality of the phone connection. Both DSL and the phone line can be rendered useless when this happens.

Fiber optic technology is separate from the phone line so there is no risk of interference on phone lines as far as fiber connections are involved.

Fiber Optic Cables are Easy to Maintain.

Fiber optic cable installations can be costly but prices have been steadily going down as the medium is getting more and more popular. What is great about fiber optic technology is that it is resistant to chemical or water damage. They are also able to withstand a decent amount of soil contact, something which damages copper cables.

Since the diameter of fiber optic cables is less than those of copper cables, fiber optic cables will occupy less space and will make wire management easier. It is also easy to tell if a part of the fiber optic network is damaged through constant monitoring the time which data is transmitted through the lines.

For more information on how fiber optic technology can help improve your communications network, please call LeBlanc Communications at our 203-938-8400.  It’s our mission to help your business get ahead.