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What is Fibre Connectivity?

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What is Fibre Connectivity?

Fibre optic cable is one of the fastest-growing transmission mediums for both new cabling installations and upgrades, including backbone, horizontal, and even desktop applications.

Fibre offers a number of advantages over copper:

Greater bandwidth

Fibre provides far greater bandwidth than copper or wireless technologies and has standardised performance up to 10 Gbps. Keep in mind that fiber speeds are dependent on the type of cable used. Single-mode cable offers far greater distance than either 62.5- or 50-micron multimode cable. In addition, fibre optic cable can carry more information with greater fidelity than copper wire.

Low attenuation and greater distance

Because the fibre optic signal is made of light, very little signal loss occurs during transmission, and data can move at higher speeds and greater distances. Fibre does not have the 100m distance limitation of unshielded twisted pair copper (without a booster). Fibre distances can range from 300m to 40 km depending on the style of cable, wavelength, and network. Because fibre signals need less boosting than copper ones do, the cable performs better.


Your data is safe with fibre cable. It doesn’t radiate signals and is extremely difficult to tap. If the cable is tapped, it’s very easy to monitor because the cable leaks light, causing the entire system to fail. If an attempt is made to break the physical security of your fibre system – you’ll know it.

Fibre networks also enable you to put all your electronics and hardware in one central location, instead of having wiring closets with equipment throughout the building.

Immunity and reliability

Fibre provides extremely reliable data transmission. It’s completely immune to many environmental factors that affect copper cable. The core is made of glass, which is an insulator, so no electric current can flow through. It’s immune to electrometric interference and radio-frequency interference (EM/RFI), crosstalk, impedance problems, and more. You can run fibre cable next to industrial equipment without worry. Fibre is also less susceptible to temperature fluctuations than copper and can be submerged in water.


Fibre is lightweight, thin, and more durable than copper cable. Plus, fibre optic cable has pulling specifications that are up to 10 times greater than copper cable’s. Its small size makes it easier to handle and it takes up much less space in cabling ducts. Although fibre is still more difficult to terminate than copper, advancements in connectors are making termination easier. In addition, fibre is actually easier to test than copper cable.


The proliferation and lower costs of media converters are making copper to fibre migration much easier. The converters provide seamless links and enable the use of existing hardware. Fibre can be incorporated into network in planned upgrades.


The cost for fibre cable, components, and hardware is decreasing and is becoming more and more accessible. Fibre costs less to maintain, has less much less downtime, requires less networking hardware, and eliminates the need to recable for higher network performance.

The time to move to high-speed Fibre connectivity is upon us. Businesses of all sizes stand to benefit from the reliability, uptime and robust connectivity which Fibre can offer.

Here are 9 quick reasons why you should choose Fibre connectivity:

  • Most Fibre deployments boast connectivity speeds of up to 1Gbps+
  • Operating costs can be reduced as Fibre requires a lot less maintenance and is not as demanding on electricity. Plus, it’s far more reliable than copper
  • Fibre has a much lower latency than other forms of connectivity, which will result in improved communication and responses over the link
  • Communications are clearer and more reliable because Fibre networks are not affected by electrical interference
  • Unlike copper, Fibre will not corrode
  • Physical restrictions will not affect Fibre access and speed and is not impacted by the distance your office is from the switching points
  • Fibre is able to carry larger information loads further because the signal is not lost over longer distances
  • Fibre is much safer than copper because it uses light instead of electrical currents that create heat and could be a fire hazard
  • Fibre is considered a ‘once in a generation’ investment, and users will not experience downtime because of theft or the need to replace.
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