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Fiber Optics Systems

Why Fiber Optics?

1. Fiber provides far greater bandwidth than copper

Fiber has standardized performance up to 10 Gbps. 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, fiber optic cable can carry more information with greater fidelity than copper wire. That’s why telephone and CATV companies are converting to fiber.

2. Low attenuation and greater distance

Because the fiber optic signal is made of light, very little signal loss occurs during transmission, and data can move at higher speeds and greater distances. Fiber does not have the 100-meter distance limitation of Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable. Fiber distances can range from 30 meters to 30 kilometers, depending on the style of cable, wavelength, and network.

3. Security

Your data is safe with fiber cable. It doesn’t have electrical signals and is extremely difficult to splice into. If the cable is tapped, it’s very easy to see with network equipment because the cable leaks light, causing the entire system to fail. If an attempt is made to break the physical security of your fiber system, you’ll know it.

Fiber 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.

4. Reliability

Fiber 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 electromagnetic interference and radio-frequency interference, crosstalk, impedance problems, and more. You can run fiber cable next to industrial equipment without worry.

5. Design

Fiber has come a long way in short amount of time. It can be more durable than copper cable and it has pulling specifications that are up to 10 times greater than copper cables. Its small size makes it easier to handle, and it takes up much less space in cabling ducts.

6. Migration

The lower costs of electronic equipment (switches and converters) are making copper to fiber migration much easier. The converters provide seamless links and enable the use of existing hardware. Fiber can be incorporated into existing networks.

7. Cost

The cost for fiber cable, components, and hardware is steadily decreasing due to demand and the technological advancements in the industry. Installation costs between structured cabling and fiber optics is narrowing and the benefits to the performance of the network are  hard to overlook, making fiber optics a viable solution for network performance.


D-Com Electric & Communications has the experience and equipment to design, install, test and maintain your fiber optics network. We have helped some of our large clients such as Husky Oil, Enbridge, Tech Coal and Statoil to help build their fiber networks. We have also been involved with small businesses. Blackbridge Data Center, Lethbridge Casino, KPMG and Nevada Bobs are just some of the small to medium sized businesses that chose D-Com as their fiber optics specialists.

We have partnered with Belden, Corning, Siemens, and Commscope to deliver top quality fiber optics products and have all the installation and test equipment to handle any of your fiber optics needs.