Game Changing Advancements Fiber Optic Cable Technologies

Game Changing Advancements Fiber Optic Cable TechnologiesThe world has a gluttonous need for data, which means that fiber optics technology can’t just sit on the couch and watch the world fly by. No, it needs to be able to handle the demands of a world that relies on it for data, broadband calls, video conferencing, live video, and a host of other needs. The good news is that fiber optics technology has done anything but sit on the couch the last few years. Instead, it’s been advancing at an amazing clip.

Pushing Physics

One of the more promising advances comes from a joint effort between the Netherlands and the United States. The two of them teamed up to achieve transfer speeds of up to 255Tbps. That’s not a typo. That’s the legitimate speed. It’s blazing fast. In fact, it’s fast enough to carry all of the world’s internet usage — on one cable. The trick is that it’s not just one single-core fiber. No, it’s a multi-core glass fiber that allows for an enormous load of data to flow through it. While this technology is still a long way off from being used extensively throughout cities, it’s setting the tone for the newer upgrades poised to hit the fiber optics market.

The Newer, Better Version

Many companies plan to upgrade their lines, with some of the major cities in the world soon to see cables capable of handling 400Gb/s. That’s a huge upgrade from the current standard of 10Gb/s that many companies use. The improvements don’t stop there, though. The newer fiber optic cables also include a host of upgrades and capabilities poised to make it better than its older cousin.

  1. Security — Copper wire was extremely useful, but it also made it easier for hackers. Fiber optic cables use light. That makes them tough to grab interference from. About the only way to break into them is to physically break the cord. Since they use light to transmit data, all of the light escapes and makes it easy for network security to notice breaches in data.
  2. Design and Speed — The newer materials are not only more secure, but lighter and thinner. This not only makes them easier to wrap in a protective coating but also makes them easier to hang from poles. In the U.S, where the majority of wires are still suspended from poles and not buried in the ground, weight is a major issue. Lighter cables make it easier to hang them. The reduced weight also allows them to be thicker, which means more data transfer.
  3. Reliability — When it comes to newer fiber optic cable, it’s pretty much bullet proof. It’s nearly the Superman of data transfer. Since all of the data is transferred through a core of glass, it’s pretty much insulated from any threats. There’s no fear of electrometric interference or radio-frequency interference, otherwise known as EMI and RFI, respectively. There’s also no need to fear impedance or crosstalk. Although it’s still susceptible to temperature changes, it’s more reliable when running through water or industrial equipment.

What all of this means is that fiber optic technology is ready to change the way most of the world works. Business, gaming, news reporting, the internet — all of it is ready to change. Of course, all of this is just the start. The ultimate goal is to reach the point where the world is full of nearly instantaneous data transmission, which is exactly what the researchers in the Netherlands and United States have already accomplished. For now, though, people will have to settle with a measly 400GB/s.

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