Copper v. Fiber: Verizon Makes a Change Following Sandy’s Devastation

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Copper or fiber optic? Which one provides the better cabling infrastructure?

 

These are questions that cable companies have been arguing over for years now, with some claiming that copper is better and others providing evidence that fiber is the future of telco.

 

Like most things in life, there are always two sides to the story, or, in this case, both copper and fiber have pros and cons.

 

Some of the pros associated with using copper include that its electronics are less expensive and, since more environments are still built to run on copper infrastructures, it is more flexible.

 

In the case of fiber, the list of pros is a bit longer: fiber has a higher bandwidth, its cable is less expensive, it is lightweight, non-flammable, and it is much more difficult to place a tap on a fiber optic cable compared to copper cables, which only requires an antenna to pick up the energy radiated from it. [Read this article to learn more about the differences between fiber and copper.]

 

In general, fiber has many advantages over copper, but the biggest consideration one need think about is the cables susceptibility to damage. Verizon recently learned this lesson when Hurricane Sandy slammed the northeast, leaving many of their decade-old copper wires irreparable. After assessing the extensive damage sustained by their copper infrastructure in the northeast, Verizon announced that they will take this as an opportunity to move from copper and build a fiber infrastructure instead. Out with the old and in with the new!

 

Want to know more about Verizon’s latest decision? Check out this article: http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/verizon-takes-advantage-superstorm-sandy-accelerate-copper-fiber-migration/2012-12-04

 

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