Fibreoptics, we’ve all heard of them, in fact, we’ve probably heard the
term thrown around on TV so much in the last decade or so, we probably don’t
even notice anymore.
However, fibre optics are a pretty big deal in the world of technology,
helping many things work. In fact, your internet wouldn’t be what it is today
without them, and the industry market size itself is expected to reach a value
of 3.72 billion dollars globally by 2022. But what is it?
Originally developed by in the 1950s for endoscopes, these were
initially made to assist doctors. The idea behind them was to allow a doctor to
see inside a human patient without them having to undergo major surgery.
However as this progressed into the 1960s, those in the telecommunications industry discovered
they could be sued to transmit and receive phone calls. Now, they’re present
everywhere from pieces made by RS Components to items you don’t even think
What are they:
Even with a little background history, you’re probably wondering what
optical fibre technology is. Well, optical fibres are long strands of carefully
crafted glass, which are about the width of a single strand of human hair.
These are then arranged into bundles, which create the optical cables that are
used to transmit signals across long distances.
At the source of this transmission, the signals are encoded with data.
This will be the data that eventually appears on your computer or television
screen. However, these signals are in fact light signals, meaning that the data
is transmitted via light. Therefore, in the lamest terms, fibre optics are the
transmission medium (funnel), which helps to carry data at very fast speeds
over very long distances.
How do they work:
Ok, so that’s all well and good, but you’re probably still wondering how
they actually work. Well, the light used to transmit the signals from one end
to the other actually bounce off the walls of the cables, from one side to the
other, as they make their way from A to B. these light particles, known as
photons, bounce continuously due to a mirror-like reflection inside.
The light beam then travels down the cable’s core, which is what’s at
the centre of the cable and glass structure. There’s also the cladding, which
is another layer of glass, which is wrapped around the core, which ensures that
the light signals are kept on the inside.
Pros and cons of optic fibre
Fibre optic technology comes with some benefits as well as some
drawbacks like all other technology. Let us first have a look at some of its
quality of the connection is a big benefit of the fibre optic tech. They
are resistant to electromagnetic interference and therefore have very
fewer chances of bit error.
optics are scalable. Where you can turn on or turn off the wavelengths
anytime you want. It allows for faster provisioning and quick scaling for
businesses undergoing growth.
optics are very much secured and therefore it is best for today’s
businesses which are very particular about their security.
Those were some of the pros of fibre optic technology, now let us go
through its cons and they are:
fuse is something which happens when fiber optic becomes susceptible to
something known as ‘Fiber Fuse’. This occurrence is very harmful because
it can damage long length cycles in a very short span of time.
fibre optic is a very delicate technology to use because both the fibre
and the wiring are very thin. It can easily be cut due to accidents during
rewiring and major renovations.
cables can only send light through one direction. This is one of their
major cons because bidirectional propagation of information, which could
only be done when two concurrent lines are kept together.
Data transmission is an effective part of any industry, therefore it is
wise to check properly before buying any kind of technology.