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How Fast is Fiber?: Fiber Optic Cable Speeds

High Speed Fiber Optic Cables

Fiber optic cable internet connections offer the fastest speeds available today.

by Vikas Dayal • February 20, 2024

New York Cable Company, Network Patch Cables, Fiber Optic Cables, Custom Fiber Optic Cables


Fiber optic cable internet connections offer the fastest speeds available today. Consumers that require fast access to data and the ability to both download and upload lots of data quickly may benefit from fiber optic cable.

How Does Optical Fiber Work?

Fiber optic networks are considered the cutting connection edge today. The "fiber" in fiber optic refers to the many superfine glass filaments contained within the cable jacket, whereas other types of cable would typically contain traditional copper instead. These hair-fine glass filaments transmit data through pulses of light that travel at the speed of - you guessed it - light. As a result, your fiber connection is far less likely to get distorted over long distances like connections reliant on copper cables might be. You can expect fiber optic internet to run much more quickly than an ethernet network - under ideal conditions, that might mean even more than 100x faster. This translates to an incredible 100Gbps, or 100 gigabits per second in comparison to a high-end ethernet connection speed of only 10Gbps. 

When fiber optic cable first appeared, it seemed like an expensive, highly exclusive kind of innovation that should be left to the huge telecoms and cloud services. Now, however, prices are on the decline, and customers looking to connect data networks of all types and sizes should consider the significant benefits of fiber internet connectivity.

Fiber Optic Cable Speeds

Fiber optic cable connection speeds are much faster than even the fastest copper. Consumers that require fast access to data benefit from fiber optic cable. You can expect your single mode fiber optic cable to transmit data at speeds between 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps depending on cable length.

Fiber optic cables can carry signals much farther than copper, with far less degradation in the signal strength. While copper cables can carry signals up to 328 feet without signal amplification, fiber option cables can send signals as far as 25 miles, depending on the wavelength the cable uses, and whether the cable is single or multi-mode. Organizations with multiple buildings spread across a campus, like research centers, hospitals, and some manufacturing facilities, can benefit from fiber optic cabling to carry signals between buildings.

While multimode fiber optic cables are better for handling heavier data loads than single mode cables, especially where a complex data network is involved, the main appeal of single mode fiber cable is its nearly unlimited bandwidth. Our OS2 Singlemode LC to LC Fiber Optic Cable is built with ceramic ferules ensuring optimal data transfer, and containing the highest quality Corning glass. It features an armored standard yellow jacket meant to withstand dust, moisture, and rodents, and has been factory-tested to guarantee optimal performance. 

Yellow Single Mode Fiber Optic Cable LC to LC OS2 9/125 - shop cables.com.

Next, take a look at our OM3 LC to SC Aqua Fiber Optic Cables. These multimode fiber optic patch cables may not operate as quickly as the cables mentioned above, but the big benefit is that they provide nearly three times the bandwidth over conventional cables, which makes them ideal for use in telecommunications, data centers, and other enterprise and consumer needs. They're 10GB rated and feature an aqua blue Riser-rated jacket, and their slim 2mm diameter makes them ideal for installation in dense network switches in data racks.

OM3 10Gb LC/SC Duplex 50/125 Multimode Fiber Patch Cable - shop cables.com.

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Whether you're looking for multi mode or single mode fiber cable, Cables.com has quality cables available at some of the best prices on the market. You can buy your fiber optic cable in bulk, and you have the option of purchasing custom fiber optic cable in the colors and configurations you need. Still have questions? We have answers, and we'd love to hear from you! Contact us today to discuss your order. We look forward to working with you!

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