Data Networks Using Fiber Optics

About data networks using fiber optics

Fiber optic cables have major advantages over copper for data transmission over large distances. Attenuation is much smaller and bandwidth is much larger. This means that fiber optic links can replace several copper cables. Also, the requirement for signal boosters along the line to compensate for attenuation is greatly reduced. Both of these factors mean that fiber optic links can lead to great cost savings.

In contrast to fiber optic sensors, the cost of fiber optic links in long-distance data networks is dominated by the cost of the cable, with the cost of the transmitter and receiver being relatively insignificant.

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