Advancements In Fiber Optic Networks

Fiber optic networks taking over the world:

Each year there are leaps of advancements in technology within several fields. A good example of this is the research done into Fiber optic networks, which shows just how fast the world’s technology is advancing into the 21st century. Even some of the most rural areas in the world are gaining access to these fast reliable fiber services, as more and more fiber infrastructures are being build worldwide. South Africa is one country where this is very transparent, as many of the telecommunication infrastructures are upgrading to fiber networks to cater for VOIP (Voice over internet protocol) systems, as fiber offer faster reliable cost friendly services.

Entertainment services like Netflix, Showmax and Youtube are a few examples of applications that require these fiber networks to function flawlessly. Carfone – An ISP (Internet service provider) company in South Africa, offers lighting fast reliable internet at affordable prices for homes and businesses.

How do fiber optic cables actually work?

Binary data is send via light pulses through the fiber cable core. The core is mostly made of glass. As the light travels down the core, each particle of light (Photon) bounces of the sides within the core. The discovery was made were light hits glass at a very shallow angle (less than 42 degrees) it reflects back again like a mirror. To further improve efficiency, a thicker layer made from glass or plastic is wrapped around the core called Cladding. These fibers are extremely thin, less than a tenth of a human hair. As technology advances, more efficient versions of these cables are being produced, which supports better bandwidth. Also see article: Fiber Optic Internet Guide

Is bandwidth the same as speed?

No, bandwidth refers to the maximum data transfer rate over an internet connection. When there’s a high demand on a connection, the internet speeds does not decrease as the bandwidth allocated for fiber internet is much greater compared to copper wire internet.
Also see article: Benefits Fiber Has Over Copper Internet Connections

Will fiber optic cables become obsolete soon?

No, fiber optic cables been around since 1952, and although the digital landscape has changed, fiber won’t become obsolete anytime soon. It’s pretty hard to compete against the speed of light. Also see article: Will Fiber Optic Cables Become Obsolete Soon?

Since I upgraded to fiber I couldn’t be happier, fast reliable internet is no longer a fantasy and will cover the entire world soon. Are you ready to connect with the world?

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