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Written by Stu Kushner

Why Professionals Choose Fiber Optic Cables – Part 2

Part 2 will cover Easier Management, Improved Durability, Higher Security, and Future Proofing.

Easier Management

About 25% the width of copper cabling, fiber optic cables require much less space and provide greater flexibility. As there is significantly less mass, this allows for improved circulation of the air-conditioned air of a data center. This results in improved performance and longer service life of cabling and equipment inside, along with decreased utility bills. Other plusses are easier access to connections and a cleaner, more organized-looking data center.

Improved Durability

In comparison to fiber optic cabling, copper cables are much more fragile, capable of withstanding only 25 pounds of pressure. Although significantly lighter, fiber is capable of withstanding a maximum of 200 pounds of pressure. Unlike copper, fiber does not suffer from corrosion and the resulting degradation of performance. It also offers a service life of up to 50 years, which is 10 times greater than copper. Fiber cables also do not become a fire hazard as they age, unlike old and worn-out copper cabling.

Higher Security

Data transmissions over fiber optic cables are much more secure than through copper cabling. As fiber does not carry electrical signals, it is nearly impossible to be tapped.

In the event fiber optic cable is compromised or damaged, the problem can be detected by monitoring power transmissions. In contrast, copper can be tapped, which can impact your internet speeds or even damage your network. Even if a fiber optic cable is compromised or damaged, it can easily be detected by monitoring the power transmission.


As time passes, the volume of data a company consumes will dramatically grow, along with increasing bandwidth requirements. The installation of fiber optic cabling today will enable your company’s network to handle the data demands of the future. In addition, the proper installation of fiber optic cable as the backbone of your structured network infrastructure is expected to have a lifespan of decades. In contrast, copper cabling installation has a typical lifespan of only about five years.

Progressive Office Cabling

Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking cost-effective solutions. Working together, Progressive teams are committed to getting your data cabling, access control, and telecom systems installed and operating while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll-free number (800) 614-4560 today.

About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.