When it comes to employing fiber or copper cables, each has pros and cons. Many data centers utilize both in our cross-connects.
On a high level, fibre-optic technology sends light pulses created by a light-emitted diode or laser along optical fibres. Conventional copper wires convey electrical currents.
With that primary data in our back pocket, let’s get into the benefits of each cable option.
Advantages of Copper Cables
• Conduction – Copper is one of the most conductive electricity materials. It can be used with less insulation, allowing greater set-up flexibility.
• Corrosion Resistant – Copper has an excellent corrosion resistance that decreases the risk of deterioration. When it comes to connectivity, you can depend on a reliable and robust link for years to come.
• Malleable – Copper can be crooked into any shape or direction without snapping. This enables the thick wires to be twisted around corners or shaped to fit the available space.
Benefits of Fiber Cables
• Speed – Light can travel more rapidly through fibre than copper as the speed of light is faster than the speed of electrons. Even though these cables don’t quite reach the speed of light, they are only 31% slower.
• Bandwidth – Fiber cables have a production quota of 60 Tbps (terabits of data per second) and up. There is very slight data loss, even over long distances.
• Reliability – Overall, fibre cables are not impacted by environmental factors, temperature changes, electromagnetic fluctuations, and can even be submerged in water. They also don’t need electricity, so they are not a fire hazard.
• Secure – Fiber cables brag about more secure communication. It’s unbelievably resistant to jamming, tapping, and radiofrequency.