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Summer Heat – Another Compelling Reason Small Businesses Should Upgrade to Fiber

Summer Heat – Another Compelling Reason Small Businesses Should Upgrade to Fiber

Heat does interesting things to everything it touches. For example, it damages the finish on our vehicles, devastates the landscape foliage, evaporates the water in our lakes, and dries out the Texas soil causing dramatic shifts in the underlying foundations of commercial and residential properties. These movements create fissures that damage underground electrical, network, and plumbing connections into these structures.

Small businesses in Texas and other southwestern states risk a disruption of their voice and data services due to the contraction of soil around their facilities when utilizing aging copper T-1 lines. Good news, a key attribute of sheathed fiber cabling is flexibility and strength.

An optical fiber has greater tensile strength than copper or steel fibers of the same diameter. It is flexible, bends easily and resists most corrosive elements that attack copper cable. Optical fiber can withstand higher temperatures than copper wires. This means that even when the outside jacket surrounding the optical fiber has melted, an optical fiber system can still perform well.

In addition, fiber cabling offers other advantages that include the following:

  1. Bandwidth – Fiber optic cables have a much greater bandwidth than metal cables. The amount of information that can be transmitted per unit time of fiber over other transmission media is its most significant advantage. With the high performance single mode cable used by telephone industries for long distance telecommunication, the bandwidth surpasses the needs of today’s applications and gives room for growth tomorrow.
  2. Low Power Loss – An optical fiber offers low power loss. This allows for longer transmission distances. In comparison to copper; in a network, the longest recommended copper distance is 100m while with fiber, it is 2000m.
  3. Interference – fiber optic cables are immune to electromagnetic interference. It can also be run in electrically noisy environments without concern as electrical noise will not affect fiber.
  4. Size – In comparison to copper, a fiber optic cable has nearly 4.5 times as much capacity as the wire cable has and a cross sectional area that is 30 times less.
  5. Weight – fiber optic cables are much thinner and lighter than metal wires. They also occupy less space with cables of the same information capacity. Lighter weight makes fiber easier to install.
  6. Safety – Since the fiber is a dielectric, it does not present a spark hazard.
  7. Security – Optical fibers are difficult to tap. As they do not radiate electromagnetic energy, emissions cannot be intercepted. As physically tapping the fiber takes great skill to do undetected, fiber is the most secure medium available for carrying sensitive data.

The flexibility and strength of sheathed fiber cabling provides small businesses with an alternative to constant worry about whether their voice and data service will survive the crazy, hazy, lazy days of Summer. Call a 1stel consultant today and discover how we can replace your aging infrastructure with high-speed fiber.

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Randall Smith

Randall Smith

Randall Smith is the Marketing Analyst for 1stel and weekly contributor to the 1stel blog.