5 Important Reasons to Replace Your Office's Copper Cabling with Fibre Optic

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If your office still uses copper wiring, you really need to upgrade to fibre optic. It probably doesn't seem as if changing from one type of wiring to another would result in any dramatic changes, but the fact is that fibre optic cabling provides a wide range of substantial benefits over the traditional copper.

Here are just five.

1. Faster Transmission Speeds

The main difference between fibre optic and copper cabling is that the former transmits information using pulses of light while the other transmits using electrical currents. As you probably already know, the speed of light is pretty darn fast; fibre optic cabling doesn't quite attain that kind of speed, but it comes close. Your employees will be able to work across the web and download or upload important work much faster.

2. Reduced Signal Loss

Any type of cabling suffers some degree of signal loss over long distances. However, this is less pronounced in fibre optic, which is why this type of cabling is used to connect towers in remote locations. Cabling will generally have to travel further in an office than in a home, and you want to ensure a strong transmission in case you need to make video calls with clients. Fibre optic can make it happen.

3. More Secure

Most modern businesses essentially run on data. If your data is stolen, it puts everything at risk. Unfortunately, criminals can perform taps on copper cabling to pick up the electrical signals, so your data can be stolen. Luckily, you can work against that problem by fitting fibre optic instead, which is extremely hard to tap.

4. Not a Fire Hazard

Fibre optic doesn't just offer enhanced security compared to copper wiring—it also boasts enhanced safety. With no electromagnetic interference (EMI) produced, there is no electric current running along the cabling. This means that fibre optic cabling does not heat up like copper cabling, so making the switch will remove a fire hazard from your office. As the person responsibility for the safety of all employees, this is an important step to take.

5. Reduced Energy Usage

Finally, keep in mind that fibre optic systems don't use nearly as much energy as copper cabling systems. Less energy is used to transmit information, and the fact that less heat is generated means that less energy is needed to cool the wiring, reducing your HVAC expenses. Those savings might not be too impressive for a residential address, but a larger office can significantly lower its expenses by replacing copper cabling with fibre optic.

Contact a local electrical contractor for more information.