How Fiber Optic Cables Work: An Animated Guide

Written by The Bookmark. Unlike copper-based telecommunications, fiber-optic cables transmit data faster, more reliably and without the risk of electromagnetic disturbances. As of 2006, submarine fiber-optic cables accounted for 99 percent of all international data exchanged. Today, 25 percent of the internet data usage in the United States is over fiber-optic cables. Fiber-optic cables currently extend more than 113,000 miles throughout the U.S. As the cost of maintaining DSL and Cable infrastructure approaches the cost of installing new fiber-optic cables, internet providers will likely increase fiber optic coverage in the U.S. We have stripped apart how these fiber-optic cables...

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