Access to data is a critical component to the growth of any business. Even the smallest business must track sales, reach out to customers and maintain business and employee records in a secure manner that can be accessed 24/7. As a business grows, access to data becomes even more important to the operation.
A key element to maintaining and moving all that data is bandwidth, the capacity to transport large amounts of information quickly and securely. As the need for bandwidth has increased exponentially, businesses are turning to fiber optic technology to provide the needed capacity.
Fiber optic technology has the capacity to carry thousands of simultaneous data transmissions over long distances. Compared with older, slower, less secure copper cables, the contrast is clear: fiber optics connects businesses with their customers, their employees and critical data at much faster speeds and better reliability.
Here are some key ways that fiber optic technology differentiates itself from copper technology:
Higher Bandwidth— Fiber has a higher bandwidth than copper. For example, a single fiber optic strand can handle more than 30,000 voice channels simultaneously, many times more the capacity of copper.
Lighter weight — A fiber optics cable weighs less than comparable copper wire cable.
No electromagnetic Interference (EMI)— Electromagnetic interference is the interference in signal transmission or reception caused by the radiation of electrical and magnetic fields. Optical fiber is immune to electromagnetic energy because it does not conduct electric current. Copper wiring can be vulnerable to electromagnetic disruptions.
Non-flammable— Since fiber optic technology does not have any electrical current flowing through it, there is less concern about potential fires than with copper, which does hold a current and can become a fire hazard if old and frayed.
Greater Distance— Fiber optics offers greater capacity over longer distances without loss of quality. For instance, a fiber optic cable can reliably transmit data up to 200 kilometers with no quality loss vs. just a few hundred meters for copper.
Security— Fiber optic technology is extremely difficult to tap. Information sent via fiber optic cables is much more difficult to intercept because light can’t be read in the same way signals sent via copper cabling can. If the cable is tapped, the cable leaks light causing the entire system to fail.
Dobson Technologies owns more than 2,500 miles of fiber technology across Oklahoma and portions of Texas. We deliver broadband to businesses so they can transmit and manage all of their communication needs on one network. We also bring connectivity to more than 250 cellular towers throughout Oklahoma so mobile users can access and utilize the latest and fastest mobile technologies.