Fiber optic infrastructure – what customers need to know

Uniti insights - fiber optic infrastructure

Written by Tom Paredes

February 12, 2022

Are you in-the-know regarding fiber-optic networks and the benefits of such?

What exactly is fiber-optic infrastructure, and why is it needed for broadband build-out in the United States? Uniti Fiber wants to take a moment to explain fiber-optic cables and why it is so important to the IT industry and beyond.

Fiber-Optic Infrastructure

A fiber-optic infrastructure provides a fiber-based network that uses light to transmit data. Not only does the use of light speed up the transfer of the data, but it also provides a reliable medium that is not affected by electromagnetic interference and other physical factors. The fiber optic medium also allows for the transfer of the data over great distances. What does this all mean? I can get the data I am seeking faster and the transmission is more reliable than traditional electrical transmission.

Other transmission mediums rely on copper wires which are subject to attenuation, signal loss, and distortion. A fiber-optic infrastructure is a stronger option for long distances, high speeds, and/or heavy bandwidth connections; there is no question.

Fiber is Faster

Simply put, fiber-optic data transfer is fast. The standard way to measure the transference of data is through bandwidth: bandwidth is currently measured in megabits, gigabits, terabits of data per second (Mbps, Gbps, or Tbps).

Because light is the method of data transfer, bandwidth availability today is tremendous. Copper cable transfer currently maxes out at approximately 40 Gbps. In fact, today, the bandwidth limits imposed on fiber have been tested to be measurable in hundreds of terabits per second. With advanced compression and other techniques in the future, who knows how fast our data will travel.

Fiber-Optics Reach Greater Distances

Both copper and fiber-optic signaling suffer from waveform signals weakening over greater distances. But, when comparing the reach of both, fiber cables can transmit data over much longer distances. The extended reach of fiber reduces the need for additional signal boosters or other equipment each introducing further interference and delay.

Because of the attenuation suffered on copper-based medium, it is limited and suffers a 90%+ signal loss over short distances. Fiber-optic cabling, depending on signaling and type of cable, can transmit up to 2,000 miles.

Fiber-Optics for the Future

The amount of data we consume is increasing every day. The demand for additional bandwidth is nearly insatiable. Having a fast and reliable delivery of information is imperative. Since fiber-optic infrastructure provides faster delivery and greater amounts of bandwidth, it helps to future-proof and extend your investment.

If you haven’t already, talk to Uniti Fiber. Uniti Fiber delivers an unmatched internet experience with a reliable installation and service team behind the solution. Uniti Fiber is a unified force in network services providing customers with the necessary infrastructure to get business done efficiently and cost-effectively. We work together with our clients and partners to create custom infrastructure solutions (including fiber networks) that will support their business’ needs and demands. Contact our team of experts today to learn how we can best help you reach and maintain IT success.


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