CTG consults with client’s on choosing the right connection type for their office and branch locations. Ensuring network performance and that business critical applications are running at peak has become crucial for business’s in this day and age. There are many components to network optimization, but the debate about fiber vs. copper is one that has taken center stage in recent years. Fiber cabling has many benefits:
- Cost – Fiber cable is much less expensive than copper
- Weight – Fiber is much lighter than copper, which makes installation easier
- Signal distance – Fiber can maintain a higher bandwidth than copper over greater distances which provides a more stable connection overall
- Physical strength – 100-200 lb tension limit. Copper has a 25 lb limit
- Safety – Fiber Optic cable is non-flammable
- Security – Non- shared networks. More difficult to tap or eavesdrop with a fiber cable vs. copper
As mentioned fiber’s signal distance allows for a higher bandwidth connection over long distances. It is able to transmit data much faster because the cable is smaller in diameter and weighs less. Since the conductor is glass and cannot generate electricity, fiber is immune to all sorts of interference.
In today’s networking environment of hackers and thieves, security is key. For industries such as healthcare and financial institutions, it is a requirement.
Fiber is not available in all markets, but working with CTG on building your network puts the task of finding the right connections in the hands of the experts.