Wandering through the fibre-optic maze

In an age where latency and low speed networks are as unacceptable and inappropriate as littering on Earth Day, it was only natural that the evolution of networking infrastructure would head into a realm where those dilemmas cease to exist.

Thus, the legacy, copper-based networks of yore are slowly being replaced with a newer, faster model – fibre. Industry analysts agree that fibre is the “wave of the future,” with its ability to deliver high speeds over greater distances than its copper predecessor. However, these same analysts caution that although having unlimited bandwidth is a carrier’s dream come true, fibre-optics is still a relatively new technology – one that comes with its own new, fresh set of problems to overcome.

By definition, fibre-optic cable is a technology that uses glass fibres to transmit data. A fibre-optic cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages

modulated onto light waves. Fibre-optic cables have much greater bandwidth, which allows them to carry more data, and are less susceptible to interference than traditional metal cables.