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The Benefits of Fiber Across all Industries

November 10th, 2017 By Gabrielle DiSalvo

In our previous infographic, we explained fiber-optics. Now let us explore why it’s the best investment for businesses that want to prepare for the future.

Network infrastructure, in its most efficient form, is made possible with fiber-optics.

Technology is the driving force for the economy on a global scale. All technology relies on the transmission of data, most often in the form of wireless communication from one device to another (Internet of Things), as well as the storage of data. A reliable telecommunications network infrastructure is needed to support modern technology.

5 Reasons Fiber is Key:

  1. Speed – Data transmission wavelengths travel at 186,000 miles per second
  2. Scalability – Fiber makes it possible for companies to customize their network for present and future needs
  3. High Capacity – Lasers and hardware are being improved every day to make existing fiber optics support more bandwidth
  4. Security – Fiber networks are less likely to be compromised by other communication signals
  5. Durability – Compared to alternative telecommunication infrastructures, fiber-optic cables are able to endure more and last longer

The Need for Fiber Across all Industries

We live in an age where innovative technology supports every industry, and the acceleration of advancing technology is continuous and inevitable.1 The need for a fiber-optic infrastructure has expanded beyond the telecommunications industry. Every industry can benefit from a scalable and secure network. Here are a few examples:

Healthcare

Many healthcare facilities are now operating across multiple buildings, campuses, and even countries. To keep up with the increased need for data protection and transmission over long distances, hospitals and other facilities are in need of a secure network that can move their patient data without fail. Fiber connectivity improves patient care and increases workflow and efficiency among doctors, nurses, and other personnel.

Education

Integrating innovative technology into the classroom and the curriculum is essential. Educational institutions rely on the internet for research and communications, the use of connected devices, a secure student intra-net, and educational online platforms. If the network infrastructure is not in place to support these aspects, institutions may miss the mark on providing their students with an effective learning environment.

Finance

Financial trading institutions need the highest possible bandwidth capacity for large trades, and network speeds that can put them ahead of their competition. This fast-paced industry is experiencing a surge in automated trading, where the difference in winning or losing a trade can come down to a millisecond.2

Government

The scalability and security of a fiber-optic infrastructure is a must as outdated paper-driven filing systems are retired, population grows, policies change, and government-provided services take a digital form to accommodate the modern consumer.

Energy

Energy companies are turning to technology as a way of adopting more streamlined monitoring and maintenance of utilities. This requires an agile network that can accommodate for transporting and collecting large amounts of data. For example, a smart meter at a large distribution center can monitor input and output levels, instantly sending this data back to the utility provider rather than requiring a technician to visit the site.

Transportation

With the increased use of technology, including smart cars, remotely controlled traffic lights and video surveillance, this industry relies heavily on constant processing and data transmission. Fiber optics provides support and bandwidth, which allow connected devices to communicate in-real time to traffic control centers over long distances.

1 FRIEDMAN, THOMAS L. THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: an optimists guide to thriving in the age of accelerations. PENGUIN BOOKS, 2017
2 http://www.isemag.com/2017/02/its-not-just-for-carriers-anymore/