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The standard cables used in businesses have been Cat6 and Cat6E cables. These twisted pairs of copper wire can deliver up to 10Gbps, a huge upgrade from Cat5E cables. However, there are limits to these traditional cables, which can make fiber optic cable installation an appealing option for businesses.

What are Fiber Optic Cables?

Fiber optic cables are composed of strands of glass or plastic. These strands transmit data through light over a nearly limitless distance. There are two main types of fiber optic cables with distinct purposes and benefits.

Single Mode

A single mode fiber optic cable contains a single strand of cabling and has one mode of transmission. It has a narrow diameter and higher bandwidth than multimode cabling. This type of mode is better over long distances and is an excellent way to network multiple facilities together.


Multimode has a larger cable diameter than single mode and is composed of multiple fibers. It offers similar performance to single mode fiber with a lower cost. This type of mode is ideal for data-intensive audiovisual transmissions over short and medium distances. It can be a great option for supporting media production at a single facility.

When to Choose Fiber Optic Cabling

Choosing fiber optic cable installation for your business offers unique benefits over the traditional Cat6 and Cat6E cables. Among these benefits are greater security, reduced interference from electromagnetic interference (EMI), and higher speeds of data transmission.

Better Security

Cybersecurity is a growing topic in today’s world, and making sure your network infrastructure is resistant to attacks is a smart move for any business. By choosing fiber optic cabling, you can reduce the risk of data being intercepted or deciphered. Time and again, fiber optic cables have shown greater resistance against cyberattacks, making it a choice cabling solution for businesses that need to protect their data.

Reduced Interference

One of the biggest downsides of Cat6 cabling is its susceptibility to interference from EMI. If your facility uses high voltage equipment that emits significant EMI, fiber optic cable installation can be a great asset for your business. Data over fiber cabling is virtually unaffected by EMI, meaning that all your business operations can keep functioning well, no matter what equipment is being used at your facility.

Faster Speeds

We find that larger organizations with between 100-1000 employees see significant benefits with fiber optic cabling. When it comes to uploading and downloading data, as well as just staying connected, fiber optic cable installation helps many employees communicate seamlessly. This is especially true when heavy loads of audiovisual data are involved or when robust guest networks are needed.

Fiber Optic Cable Installation with Valley Tel

If your team needs a faster or more robust communications network, consider fiber optic cabling. While installing fiber optic cable can be a significant investment up front, it can pay off significantly down the road. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, send us a message online or give us a call today.

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