ReadiTech announced in June 2020 that we will start the construction process to deploy a fiber-optic network within the city limits of Casselton in mid-July. But what is fiber and why would homeowners and businesses want this type of service? The short answer is fiber optic networks are the next generation of communication technology.
In the past telecommunication companies used copper cabling to transport communication. Do you know what makes a fiber-optic network superior to a network using all copper cable?
Copper cables carry low-voltage electrical signals, but fiber-optic cables can quickly carry multiple streams of information at the same time via wavelengths of light. This fiber is made up of thin strands of glass and carries information through pulses of light emitted from lasers at the source.
Fiber’s advantages over copper:
1. Low environmental impact and low cost
Fiber-optic networks require far less power than copper networks. In fact, one of the most popular network technologies, GPON, uses no electricity at all between the provider and the customer. No electricity also means no fire hazard.
2. Ideal for rural areas
Signals over fiber-optic networks can travel much farther from the source without degradation. So even people living out in the country can get a strong, reliable connection from a fiber-optic network.
3. Easy to install
An individual fiber strand is thinner than a human hair. Many strands together make up a cable that is so thin it can be easily adhered to and hidden against the walls of buildings. Between the source and the customers, fiber-optic cables can be installed underground or overhead.
Fiber-optic cables do not corrode and are not damaged by lightning. Only physically cutting the cable can harm the network, so it has a much longer lifespan than a copper network.
5. Easy to upgrade
The fiber-optic cable itself never needs to be replaced. Only the electronics on either end will ever need to be upgraded. So once installed, fiber-optic networks are virtually “future proof.”
For more information about fiber or the installation process, vist our Fiber Internet page. There is a short video that explains the benefits of fiber and the installation process. For questions or concerns, please call 347-2020.