Most of us know at least one thing about fiber optics — the technology enables blazing-fast internet speeds. In fact, fiber is the single fastest means in the world for delivering high-speed internet, and FTC’s Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network allows for residential internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second in many homes right here in our area. This is a real and fairly rare benefit for area residents as availability of fiber-optic internet connections throughout most of the nation is limited.
So we know that fact about fiber-optic speeds, but did you know that fiber has many other uses, including in gun sights, signs, medical imaging devices and even artificial Christmas trees, just to name a few? And do you know what fiber-optic cable is made of?
Read on to learn four fun facts about this amazing technology:
- Fiber is stunningly fast. We’ve already mentioned fiber’s speed, but let’s put its capabilities into perspective. In 2014, researchers from the Netherlands’ Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Central Florida demonstrated data transfers over a single multi-core optical fiber ata jaw-dropping rate of 32 terabytes per second. In other words, you could transfer a high definition (HD) movie file in .03 milliseconds at this speed.
- Fiber-optic lines are made of glass. The technology uses thin, flexible strands (or fibers) of optically pure glass as thin as a human hair to transmit light signals that carry digital information over long distances.
- Fiber is highly sustainable. Because it is made from silicon, the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust after oxygen, there is certainly no shortage of the raw materials used to create fiber. The element can be found in rocks, soils, sands and clays, often combined with oxygen and other elements.
- Fiber cables are quite sturdy. While strands of glass are at the core of fiber-optic cable — and to many of us, glass often equals “easily breakable” — most fiber cables are engineered to withstand challenging conditions and rugged installations. In fact, the military even uses fiber cables to keep its lines of communication open in the toughest of conditions.
Looking to make the switch to fiber — and blazing-fast internet speeds — in your home? FTC’s FTTH network covers a large portion of the area and that area is growing. To find out if 1Gigabit internet is available in your neighborhood, give us a call at 888-218-5050 and trust FTC to deliver the strongest connections to your home today!