A beginner’s guide to fiber optic cabling

77052900 - set colored electric cable on white backgroundFiber optic cabling is the unsung hero of the telecommunications industry. Without it, transmitting data over long distances wouldn’t be possible. It’s lightweight, incredibly versatile and helps keep our world connected.

Here at Americom, we have nearly four decades of experience working in telecommunications and installing fiber optics. Our crews are able to complete the job safely while handling everything from street cutting to rock sawing and trenching. That said, many businesses aren’t sure what fiber optics are or how they benefit modern society. That’s why we’re using this blog to explain their advantages in depth.

What are the advantages of fiber optic cables?

Fiber optic cabling is an economical solution and isn’t prone to lightning strikes or other natural disasters because it doesn’t carry electrical currents. This makes it a safe choice for everything from chemical companies to industrial settings.

What are fiber optic cables used for?

Fiber optic cables were introduced to the business world in the 1970s in order to increase the scale of telecommunications. Because it could handle bandwidth on a larger scale than ever before, and at longer distances, fiber optics became the most economical way to transmit information around the world. At this point, fiber optics — whether buried or strung aerially — carry all communications throughout the globe.

It was first used by the telecommunications industry but quickly became the cable of choice for cable TV systems and broadband Internet connections. Cell phones need fiber optics to provide bandwidth for communication. It’s also used inside high voltage transmission lines making it ideal for electrical grids. Transportation systems also utilize fiber optics alongside roads and railways for communications.

How does underground fiber optic installation work?

Underground duct installation of fiber optic cable provides the opportunity for future expansion without the need to dig. That makes it ideal for urban areas with busy streets and intersections. For installation to occur, permits must be obtained and approved. Next, a company needs to identify the existing underground utilities and investigate the soil condition to determine the best method for installation.

Once that’s completed, a company decides whether the installation should be plowed underground, trenched (which is a more controlled installation) or by directional boring. Some of the factors that come into the decision include the depth of the installation, keeping the trenches absolutely straight, and making sure that there are fiber cable warning labels buried directly above the cable for any future excavation.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of fiber optic cabling, contact us today at (801) 892-0500.

2020-04-08T11:00:56-06:00 April 8th, 2020|Tips & Tricks|