Broadband Service Group Certified Technicians can layout, install, or maintain fiber optic cabling systems. All fiber optic installations use state of the art equipment and have better than industry acceptable loss standards. Fiber optics provide a reasonable solution for most communication requirements for the following reasons:
- Thinner: Fiber optics are thinner than copper wire cables, so they will fit in smaller, more crowded places. This is important for underground cable systems, like in cities, where space needs to be shared with sewer pipes, power wires, and subway systems.
- Higher Carrying Capacity: More information can also be carried over fiber optic systems. This can be especially important for computers, since a computer has to send so much information at one time. Also, more phone lines can be in one optical fiber. Many people use the same optical cable for phone conversations at the same time.
- Less signal degradation: Information gets lost over distances an any kind of wire. But, fiber optic cables don’t lose as much signal (information) as other kinds of wires and cables.
- Use Light Signals: Because fiber optics use light signals instead of electricity, the signals don’t interfere with each other. This makes the signals clearer and easier to understand.
- Low Power: Optical fiber signals are created using low-power transmitters because the signal degrades less (instead of high-power electric transmitters used for copper wires). Lower power use saves money for users and providers.
- Digital Signals: Computer networks need digital information, since fiber optic cables send information digitally, they are the best thing to use for computer networks.
- Non-flammable: Since fiber optics send light instead of electricity, fiber optics are non-flammable. This means there is not a fire hazard. Fiber optics also do not cause electric shocks, because they do not carry electricity.
- Light weight: Fiber optics are easier to install and transport than copper wires. That is good news for technicians.
- Flexible: Since fiber optics are more flexible, they can go around corners and into tighter places than traditional cable. This is important in computer and very big office networks.