Optical fibre is so commonly used in today’s telecommunication networks, data centres and even the simple computer plug in your home can be made up of this highly advanced technology to allow faster connections. Although this is a highly sophisticated technological advancement optical fibre was first discovered in the 1950’s as a material used in endoscopes and then later to transmit telephone calls. In saying this it does not mean fibre is installed in every household, nor is it the most commonly used material to transmit data and other communications within Australia.
So what exactly is optical fibre? Mostly it can be described as a thin tube of glass, just a little bit thicker than a strain of hair and when these strains are formed together into cables, they can be made up of hundreds of glass tubes at one time. These cables transmit light through the optical fibre tubing to create lightening speed connections and communication. The benefits of using these types of cables containing optic fibre, such as the cables used throughout your home to connect you to the internet, is the high bandwidth in which it can provide. We all know the feeling of using a slow internet connection and how frustrating it can be; in this day and age even the strongest copper connections supplied by network providers struggle to satisfy a data demanding household.
The connection speed is not the only advantage of upgrading to a fibre dependent network, optical fibre is also very long lasting being much stronger then copper in regards to endurance and sensitivity. Fibre networks are also much easier to upgrade and enhance once established, allowing network providers an easy maintenance solution once data demands increase again for the next generation of high bandwidth reliance.
In Australia we are too familiar with the National Broadband Network or FTTH (Fibre-To-The-Home) debate in the political arena, the constant uncertainty of rolling out optical fibre to households in replacement of the much older copper installations we already have. The demand is quite clearly apparent these tiny glass tubes called optical fibre effects us all everyday in different ways and must be a priority for not just tomorrow but today. As this debate is waging on Australian households are becoming more technologically advanced and data dependant as time goes on, and it is inevitably clear that incorporating optical fibre will be the only way for the future.