At MSE, we can be involved at every stage of your fibre optic cable installation, right from the initial planning stage to the network going live. We can carry out an audit of your business premises to identify the right solutions for you before getting to work and ensuring your network works for you perfectly.
Ethernet vs fibre optics
Ethernet cables have a reputation for being slower than fibre optic cables, and they can be more expensive. However, many businesses do still opt for Ethernet or at least for a fusion of copper and fibre optic solutions. The Ethernet standard was first introduced almost four decades ago, and has got faster over the years, with Cat 6 Ethernet cables offering speeds of up to 10Gbps. One of the drawbacks of Ethernet is that it uses electrical signals, which means there is a threat of interception as well as electromagnetic interference.
Fibre optic cables are used for blisteringly fast transfer of data and to send data over lengthy distances. These cables consist of strands of pure glass which send data via light instead of electrical impulses. Single-mode cables use laser light, with multi-mode ones using LEDS. Even a single strand of fibre optic cable can send data at 100tbps.
Fibre optic cables are generally seen as more secure, though Ethernet has closed the gap in terms of speed over the years. Companies and organisations who deal with highly-sensitive data stand to benefit significantly from fibre optic cables, and more and more businesses of various sizes from a number of sectors are now opting for fibre optic solutions.
Lighter and thinner
Fibre optic cable is generally less expensive than equivalent lengths of copper wire. It is also thinner and lighting, with a higher carrying capacity and uses less power whilst carrying high volumes of information. Furthermore, the lack of signal degradation leads to clearer calls of much better audio quality. Fibre optic cabling can accommodate sizeable computer networks, your telephone system, broadband and CCTV.
Are you prepared to invest?
It’s a good idea to spend as much as you can afford when investing in cabling as you’ll be relying on it for many years before it needs to be replaced. In fact, you can expect your new cabling to last for up to 20 years. To put this in perspective, you’re likely to replace your network three or four times during this period. Invest the right amount in cabling and you can avoid downtime, reduce maintenance and expect outstanding network performance.
Explore your options
At MSE, we will use our vast knowledge of data cabling to help you come to the right decision when planning your cabling infrastructure. We can supply and install fibre optics, CAT5 and CAT6 cabling and have carried out work for a series of well-known companies and organisations like the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Contact us today on 0800 0343 913 to find out more about our fibre optic cable installations and to discuss the options available.