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Copper Cable: I Heard Optical Fiber Wants to Replace Me Completely?

The competition between the optical fiber and copper cable has been around for more than ten years. Nowadays, with the continuous emergence of various new services, such as cloud computing as well as 5G, the scale of the data center has already been extended greatly, and this extension will still go on. Therefore, as the optical fiber is now found to be holding the characteristics of lighter weight and lower cabling price, the demand for optical fiber is getting higher and higher. In some large data centers, the proportion of optical fiber is now as high as 70%, which far exceeds the proportion of copper cabling.


However, in contrast to optical fiber, copper cable still hasitsunique advantages: In fact, in short-distance (about 100m) horizontal wiring,optical fiberis actuallyinferior to copper cable in terms of its maintenance and cost.


As the core material of optical fiberis very special, which is a kind of glass fiber, the optical fiber is, in fact, extremely fragile and may be damaged if you are not careful.Besides, in the current market, although the price of optical fiberhas been reduced, it is still much higher than that of copper cable.


And in applications such as voice signal transmission,wireless access as well asPoE power supply system, optical fibercan neverreplace the copper cable.


The reasons are as follows:


(1) On account of that the optical fiberand copper cable using different data transmission methods,voice signals can only be transmitted by cabling products, for it employs the method ofelectrical pulse transmission.


(2) Just as previously mentioned above,since the material of the fiber coreof the optical fiber is a special glass fiber, which can not conduct electricity. However, the copper in the copper cable can. Therefore, if you need to supply power while transmitting data, optical fiber can not do it. The only choice you is copper cable.


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