There are so many Internet connectivity options on the market today. From fiber to metro to wavelength—it is often quite a task for business owners to educate themselves about all of their options – but as we know the right choice in Internet means a smoother running office and a lower cost. For this reason, the team at Fastblue would like to help you gain knowledge about the options out there and when it comes the time to select your Internet connection our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be right here to walk you through the process.
Fiber optic Internet connectivity is a method of transmitting Internet data through a system of glass and lights. In this article we would like to explain the inner workings of fiber and help users to understand just how this method of connectivity work.
The fiber system functions over an intricate system of optical cables. These cables can be broken down into 3 components – a core, cladding and buffer coating. The core is the glass path where all of the data passes through. This data travels on the form of light through the core, which is comprised of super thin glass strands. The Cladding aids in propelling the light forward. This cladding is made of an outer reflective optical material. Then there is a buffer coating made of plastic that basically serves as a protective outer layer and it prevents the fiber from being exposed and subjected to potential damage. Finally, a mass of these optical fibers is bundled together and coated in a jacket. This jacket is what we are used to seeing.
Once you understand the composition of fiber cables it is simple to see how they work. Data is transmitted through the glass core in the form of light. The light, however, needs to be propelled forward. In order to do this the light ping-pongs back and forth in a zigzag pattern, bouncing from one side of the reflective cladding to the other until it reaches its final destination.
Now that we know what fiber connectivity is and how it works, let’s discuss some of its benefits. Fiber is a cost effective option because it is inexpensive to produce. Fiber is often a less expensive option than copper. Also, fiber lines can physically be pulled into a smaller diameter than copper lines. Due to the small diameter of fiber, more data and more lines can be pulled over an equivalent amount of copper. Additionally, fiber lines are dedicated and scalable forms of connectivity. This means that you can purchase the exact amount of service that your business needs now and that service will be guaranteed. Then, as your business grows, you can scale up adding more bandwidth. Fiber Internet connectivity provides an ideal solution for young, growing businesses.
If you would like to find out more about bringing fiber Internet connectivity to your office, please contact us at Fastblue today.
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