Data Installation & Supplies Ltd
Data Installation & Supplies Ltd
Data Installation & Supplies Ltd

Fibre Optic Data Cabling

Offering unparalleled speeds and security over long distances, fibre optic networks are the ultimate in future-proofed, high spec cabling. Whether you require a powerful new network or are looking to revamp your current one, fibre optic data cabling can supercharge your system, improving user communication, project collaboration opportunities and the reliability and quality of video and audio conferencing.

How does Fibre Optic work?

Fibre optic cables work by transmitting light signals that are encoded with data down the length of them, from the source to the receiver. These light pulses are transferred down the cable by bouncing off the walls of the cable repeatedly, exactly like how light reflects from a mirror. The light pulses are created when the source converts the data it’s sending from binary into the pulses. This is then transferred along the cable to the receiver, where it is decoded back into binary to reform and display the data that was initially sent.

Why should I swap from Copper?

Copper and fibre can both perform similar functions, however, there are some significant advantages of using fibre optic over copper.

  • Fibre optic has a much higher bandwidth capacity, being able to support over 60Tb/s when compared to copper’s 40gb/s.
  • Fibre has the upper hand when it comes to working over a distance, as it can run over 12 miles whilst maintaining 10,000mb/s compared to copper’s 300ft at that speed.
  • Copper data cabling is an older technology, and as such is more susceptible to noise and interference, as well as cyber-attacks. Fibre is a lot more secure and immune to noise, minimising disruption.
  • Fibre optic cabling is a lot lighter than copper cabling, weighing in at 4lbs/1,000 feet vs 39lbs/1,000 feet for copper.
  • Copper cabling may only last a fraction of the amount of time that fibre can.



Fibre optic data cabling is at the cutting edge of networking, and as such, offers a vast amount of benefits to users who adopt a system that takes advantage of it. If you’re still on the fence about upgrading, here are just some of the advantages you can enjoy with fibre.

Higher speeds

Whilst copper data cables use electrical signals to transmit data through them, fibre optic cabling utilises light to transmit data. This allows for much higher transmission speeds, with signals being carried at only around 31% slower than the speed of light.

Larger bandwidth

More traditional data cabling, such as copper, was initially created with the purpose of voice transmission through telephone lines. As technology evolved and the internet was invented, our needs have changed drastically, whether that’s video conferencing, using cloud-based programs or just watching cat videos. These older cables have limited bandwidth, whereas fibre optic has a lot more bandwidth per diameter, making them ideal for businesses who rely on, and use, the internet heavily.


Improved reliability

As older networks start to degrade, they can experience a multitude of problems, including loss of transference, interference and even being a fire hazard. Fibre optic is impervious to temperature changes, moisture and severe weather, which would be disruptive to a copper-based network. As fibre works by transmitting light rather than electricity, it is also immune to electromagnetic interference (EMI), ensuring that you stay connected at all times.


You may assume that a copper cable would be more hard-wearing due to it being a metal, but that is not the case. Although fibre is thinner and lighter than it’s traditional counterparts, it is more durable thanks to improved flexibility. Fibre can withstand much more tension than copper, making it less prone to damage.

Going the distance

Typically, copper cables were limited to 328 feet for carrying signals without data loss or large amounts of lag. Fibre can go much further than this, with some single-mode fibre cables being able to carry a signal almost 25 miles. Whilst that vast distance may not always realistic due to several factors (initial signal strength, cable type, wavelength and network), it’s fair to say that fibre is capable of working effectively across much longer networks.

Less ongoing expense

The other benefits of fibre mean that whilst the initial set up may be higher, you can save a lot of money in the long run. Improved reliability and scalability means that you’re less likely to need to replace your fibre network in a few years, saving you money and disruption.


Fibre optic cabling can be used for a variety of purposes but its primary purpose is for creating high-speed, reliable networks and internet connections. The first types of companies that come into mind may be digital natives, such as web development or digital marketing agencies, but dependable, fast internet is becoming a must for businesses across the world.

Fibre is seeing use in the medical and dentistry field where high-quality images need to be transmitted quickly and without loss between different departments, or even hospitals. On top of this, it’s often used during endoscopies to ensure no detail is lost when examinations are taking place.

Similar technology is being adopted in the automotive and vehicle industry, where small, flexible cameras are used to reach inaccessible areas of the vehicle or machinery.

Bespoke Design

DIS will combine your requirements with our expertise to design an infrastructure that will provide you with a reliable, fault-tolerant, high-speed solution that is tailored to your needs.

Maintenance & Support

We’re confident that our systems are built to last, but sometimes faults can occur. In these cases, you’ll have 24-hour access to our expert remote and on-site assistance. We can also create tailored maintenance contracts to suit your business’ needs.

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