Fiberglass Advantages

A product of the future

Fiber optic cable is one of the most popular media for fiber expansion and upgrades. Compared to copper, fiber offers many advantages.

Greater bandwidth

With fiber optic, you get greater bandwidth as well as higher and more accurate data transmission. Performance of up to 10 Gbit/s and more is standard. Speeds depend on the type of cable used. Single-mode fiber offers the widest bandwidth and is commonly used for long distances. Multimode has a larger core. Larger cores mean, on the one hand, more data transfer and, on the other hand, more light refraction. This means that the signal deteriorates over longer distances, which is why multimode is used in the short-term distance range of up to approx. 550 m.


The data is transmitted using fiber optic cables with high reliability. Compared to copper, it is less susceptible to failure. The core of a fiber optic cable is made of glass, a material that does not conduct electricity.

Fiber optic cable can also be laid near industrial equipment without any problems. It is less susceptible to temperature fluctuations than copper and can therefore also be used underwater, for example in the offshore world.


Fiber optics do not emit any signals and are particularly secure against tapping. Fiber optic networks make it possible for hardware and electronics to be positioned centrally in one place. This means that cable cabinets with systems that are distributed throughout the building are finally a thing of the past.

Speed and distance

The fiber optic signal consists of light. Marginal signal loss occurs during transmission, allowing data to be transmitted at faster speeds, extremely high bandwidths and over longer distances.


Fiber optic cable is light, thin and more durable than copper cable. In order to beat the speed of fiber optic with copper, a much higher quality cable must be used, which then has a larger outer diameter, is thicker and therefore weighs more. There are only minor differences in diameter or weight with fiber optic cables. Fiberglass has a small diameter and is easy to handle. Because of these advantages, fiber optic requires very little space in the cable duct.


Scheduling fiber optics is still more difficult than copper. However, technological advances have made fiber optic termination and use easier in practice. Splicing machines with automatic alignment enable fast and precise splicing on site. Cables pre-terminated with pigtails ensure easy and quick connections.


The costs of fiber optic cables, components and hardware are continually falling. While it is more expensive than copper cable in the short term, it can be more cost effective in the long run due to cheaper maintenance and fewer outages. Furthermore, advances in field termination technology have significantly reduced the cost of fiber optic installations.

Five fascinating

facts about fiberglass

The current record for the fastest fiber transmission is an impressive 159 terabytes per second.

Fiberglass is sustainable; It is made from silicon dioxide, the second most abundant element on Earth after oxygen.

In China, all new residences must be wired with fiber technology.

The glass used to make fiber optic cables is so clear that a 5 km long solid block is as transparent as a flawless window pane.

Fiber optic cables have low CO2 emissions due to the lower energy requirements for data transmission.