The advantages of a fibre optic network

Fibre Optic connected in servers

If you’re living in today’s age, you’re probably relying on cloud-based services such as Dropbox or Google Drive to maintain business productivity. The emergence of cloud computing services and technologies have dramatically changed how enterprises do business. We now live in a world where it is expected that information is able to be downloaded instantly.

To continue meeting the high demands of instant access , businesses need to assess their network infrastructure. Slow internet speeds, high latency and “capped” connections can be the cause of losses in business productivity and efficiency. And in some of those areas is where fibre optic networks can assist.

Hand connecting the Fibre Optic Cable to the server

The case for fibre optic networks

Fibre optic networks can deliver higher connection speeds for multiple users. With potential great advantages such as improving cloud-connectivity, voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities and overall better bandwidth, fibre optic networks can offer powerful advantages to help your business stay better connected.

And with fibre optic networks now being more accessible for residents and businesses alike, it’s become easier to integrate a fibre optic network and achieve faster connectivity and greater productivity.

We take a look at some of the key reasons why a fibre optic network could be the best solution for you. Here are six major advantages of a fibre optic network:

1. Better bandwidth

Fibre optic cables have much greater bandwidth than metal cables. Information can be transmitted per unit time of fibre over other transmission media, giving fibre optic cables a significant advantage. And with more and more businesses needing data transmission, it’s become increasingly important to have high bandwidth availability.

If your current network is experiencing low bandwidth or difficulty meeting some of your current business data transfer needs, having problems with multicast video breaking down, your CCTV images pixelating/shearing or you are having difficulties accessing cloud applications, you may significantly benefit from an upgrade to fibre optic connectivity.

Connected Optical Fibre cables

2. Higher bandwidth means faster speed

In our fast-paced society, our new normal is being able to upload videos, files and make phone calls as we simultaneously download content. Slow Internet connections can, therefore, cost businesses weeks of productivity. It is paramount that your internet connectivity is fast, efficient and reliable to help keep your business as productive as possible.

Fibre optic networks are significantly faster than even the highest-speed copper Internet connections, with options ranging from 5 Mbps to 100 Gbps. With a fibre optic network, your employees can benefit from equal upload and download times through a fast data connection.

3. Longer transmission distances

A fibre optic cable is a low power loss medium, meaning you can achieve higher bandwidths over greater transmission distances. Fibre optic cables can reach 10’s of kilometres in distance compared to the maximum 100-metre distance that is the limit of copper cables.

Network and Fibre optical cables with lights

4. Greater flexibility

Unreliable connectivity can add real costs to businesses. Any amount of unplanned downtime can bring business productivity to a complete stop. Communication and connectivity reliability is an absolute necessity for any business.

Compared to copper cables, fibre optic cables are thinner and lighter in weight. Fibre can withstand more pull pressure than copper and is less prone to damage and breakage.

Fibre is flexible, can bend easily and resists most corrosive elements that often attack copper cables.

Fibre optic cables do not conduct electrical currents, making fibre data connections fully-resistant to electromagnetic interference, lightning, or radio signals. Copper cables are designed to conduct electricity, making copper networks vulnerable to induced power, lightning, and deliberate signal-scrambling

Fibre optic networks are also not susceptible to inclement weather conditions, which can interfere or stop data transmission through copper cabling.

5. Improved latency

Fibre optic networks eliminate many of the latency issues users experience on cable Internet, particularly when downloading or uploading a video or consuming high-definition content. The business benefits of lowering your latency could include better voice quality for VoIP users, the ability to move more apps to the cloud, download and upload huge files without disruption and improved collaboration between employees.

6. Stronger security

Fibre optic cable keeps data secure. It does not radiate signals and is very difficult to tap without your knowledge. It has higher physical security as all hardware and electronics can be installed in one central location, unlike copper systems, where equipment is required to be installed within distribution locations throughout a facility.

Fibre Optic cables transferring data to server

OSA’s world-class fibre optic solutions

Bringing fibre optic networks to customers allows greater data speeds and efficiency. It’s never been more important to invest in a future-proof network that supports innovation and growth… because of our dedicated customer service, staging process and investment in R&D labs, OSA is ready to help customers stay one step ahead of the networking curve.

Our extensive range of world-class fibre optic solutions encompasses the entire connectivity range from optical cables, to connectorised systems, underground and IP rated joints.

All of our products are world class, guaranteeing high performance each and every time for our clients’ networks, regardless of the size of the job.

We also carry one of the largest ranges of WDM couplers, optical splitters, circulators and attenuators in Australia. And our extensive range of fibre optic solutions is held in stock at every one of our network of warehouses, conveniently located all around Australia.

Learn more about our extensive range of fibre optic solutions here.


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