Improving Digital Infrastructure: Four Reasons to Add Fibre Optic Cables to Your Community

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Improving Digital Infrastructure: Four Reasons to Add Fibre Optic Cables to Your Community

16 June 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you are a community planner, a member of a municipal council or anyone else involved in the infrastructure of a small town or neighbourhood, you may want to consider adding fibre cables to your infrastructure. Wondering about the advantages of these cables? Take a look.

1. Faster, More Powerful Internet to Attract New Community Members

Fibre optic cables tend to be one of the fastest Internet cable. If you want to attract new people to your community, you need jobs and industry, but in lieu of that, you need fast Internet and telecom options so you can attract freelancers. The right Internet capabilities (combined with other compelling community amenities) can draw everyone from heads of digital companies to freelance film editors who work remotely, and in some cases, you may even attract small businesses that bring jobs to your community.

2. Greater Bandwidth in the Same Size Package

When you compare a copper cable and a fibre optic cable of the same size, you may be surprised to learn that the fibre optic cable can actually carry more bandwidth. Bandwidth describes how much data can move over the cables at any one time.

This fact boosts the Internet speed in your community, which links to the benefits discussed above, but it also means you don't have to worry about digging too many new trenches. As the cables tend to be about the same size, you can just remove and replace your existing cables without having to deal with as many changes. In contrast, if you have to put in larger cables, there may be more work involved.

3. Reduced Need for Signal Boosters

Fibre optic cables carry small bursts of light. Basically, the light travels through the core of the cable, and the cable is encased in a special glass that prevents the light from leaving. That setup is more effective than other types of cabling.

As a result, you don't need to add as many signal boosters. That can save time and money in your development project. If you have existing signal boosters, you may even be able to remove them and turn that space into something else.

4. Less Susceptible to Interference

Thanks to the glass casing and the other aspects of fibre optic cables, they are less susceptible to interference. In particular, electrical currents don't have as much impact on the cables, and you don't have to worry about the signal diminishing as much.

To learn more about whether or not fibre optic cables are right for your neighbourhood or community, contact a specialist.