Both the copper and fiber optics, have their own advantages and unique characteristics. Fiber and copper have their features and unique characteristics over one another. Copper has already existed in many places and also came to market first from fiber optics many year and it is cheap in network devices connection. However, with the dramatic reduction of cost of optical deployment, the future-proof fiber optic cable shows more advantages over copper and has a better prospect in the future market. Fiber optic cables are finding increasing usage due to a number of advantages over the traditional copper wires. We have different compression method of Fiber Vs Copper.
When you are building a network that requires long distances, high speeds, and/or heavy bandwidth connections, there is no question How to fiber optics win the day.
Fiber Vs Copper
Below are the few features of fiber vs copper cable.
Choice of Fiber Vs Copper
We are going to present some reasons for the choice in fiber rather than copper cable from cost, bandwidth, transmission speed and distance, durability and security.
Cost of Fiber Vs Copper
A few years ago, the overall price of fiber cable was nearly twice that of the price of copper. But now the price between fiber and copper has narrowed and fiber components and hardware have steadily decreased.
Let’s start with the general premise that electrical signal transmission over the copper is cheaper than that of laser power transmission over fiber. Most people overlook the cost of the wiring closet in copper networks and they shouldn’t.
Let’s not forget, a standard wiring closet includes the costs of conditioned UPS (Uninterruptible Power Source) power. Data ground, HAVC (Hybrid Automatic Voltage Control) and floor space. These integral costs generally exceed the extra cost of fiber equipment in a centralized fiber architecture, as well as take up significantly more working space.
There a significant difference between the amount of bandwidth offered by fiber Internet and copper high-speed Internet.
Although copper is perfectly acceptable for a voice signal, it has very limited bandwidth. While fiber provides standardized performance up to 10 Gbps and beyond.
Fiber links provide over 1,000 times as much bandwidth as copper and can travel more than 100 times further as well.
Speed of transmission and Distance
Speed between Fiber Vs Copper means actually the speed between electrons and Photons. Photons travel at the speed of light in fiber optics while electron move in copper less than the speed of photons. In practical way fiber optic don’t reach to the speed of light, but some percent less. So we can see there is huge difference in speed of internet between copper and fiber. Although Fiber have not the limitation of distance about 100, on which the copper need to boost the signals.
Which Is More Reliable?
The availability and reliability of a data connection are closely tied to long-term “soft costs” of a system, reflected in productivity and client satisfaction. Fiber provides far more reliable data transmissions due to its resistance to interference, temperature fluctuations, and moisture. With a vendor who offers up-time guarantees for enterprise data clients, your business could achieve superior continuity.
Security and Privacy
We already know that fiber does not transmit electricity and can’t radiate any signal as well as not to tapped. Copper transmit electrical signal and may tapped every where and cause to entire system down or fails. So fiber optics provides more security compare with copper because fiber use light to transmit data. So in result copper is less secure and safe than fiber optics.