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Differences between fiber optic cable and copper wire

Updated: Feb 21

Below we have listed just a few differences between the two.

Fiber Optic Cable:

  • High bandwidth: Fiber optic cables have a much higher bandwidth than copper wires, which means they can carry more data at faster speeds.

  • Long distance: Fiber optic cables can transmit data over long distances without signal loss or degradation. This makes them ideal for long-haul communication.

  • Fragility: Fiber optic cables are more fragile than copper wires and can be damaged easily if not handled carefully.

Copper Cable:

  • Easy to install: Copper wires are easy to install and work with, which can make them a more convenient choice for some applications.

  • Compatibility: Copper wires are compatible with a wide range of network equipment, making them a versatile choice.

  • Low cost: Copper wires are generally less expensive than fiber optic cables, which can make them more cost-effective for some applications.

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