7 Things You Didn’t Know About Fiber Optics [infographic]

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Here at Airo Splicing, LLC, we install fiber optic cabling with expertise to make any project a surefire success. Whether you are new to the world of fiber optic cabling or interested in what this technology offers, read on to find out a few things you probably didn’t know about fiber optics.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Fiber Optics [infographic]

  1. Fiber optic cables are less likely to catch fire—One of the reasons why fiber optic cabling is so popular is because of low flammability, allowing organizations to experience faster connection speeds without the risk of overheating.
  2. All new homes in China must be fiber-optic equipped—A government policy in China requires that all new home builds have to come with the capacity to use a fiber optic connection.
  3. The strands of fiber optic cables are thin and strong—Although their fibers are made of glass, fiber optic cables are undeniably strong. Most are less than a tenth of the diameter of a strand of hair!
  4. Fiber technology is environmentally friendly—Copper wire cables require up to 3.5 watts of electricity to send out a light pulse over 1 kilometer, but fiber optic cables only need 1 watt of electricity to travel the same distance.
  5. Fiber connections add value to homes—When a property is equipped with fiber-to-home service, it adds approximately $5,000 to the house’s perceived value.
  6. Weather doesn’t impact fiber connections—Since fiber optic cables carry light instead of electricity, they are not impacted by changes in weather and are better able to withstand storms.
  7. Fiber cable installations are growing—In 2011 alone, nearly 19.2 million miles of fiber optic cabling was installed in the U.S. That’s enough cabling to wrap around the Earth 772 times!