Op­ti­cal fiber can make net­works fu­ture-proof

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The age old cop­perb a s e d n etwo r k s strug­gle to meet the de­mands of the rapidly evolv­ing world of dig­i­ti­za­tion due to limited band­width ca­pac­i­ties and sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to cy­ber-at­tacks. This has led to de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the data & ser­vice qual­ity, and high op­er­a­tional costs for tele­com op­er­a­tors. Ad­di­tion­ally, com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works based on cop­per ca­bles are not ca­pa­ble of meet­ing the rapidly ex­plod­ing band­width re­quire­ments and are en­ergy in­ef­fi­cient. This has led to de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the data & ser­vice qual­ity, and high op­er­a­tional costs for tele­com op­er­a­tors.

With this in the back­drop, the Govern­ment is now lay­ing the back­bone of fu­ture com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work by re­ly­ing on ad­vanced fiber op­tic tech­nol­ogy in projects like BharatNet, NFS etc. Even then, given the low fiber­iza­tion in In­dia, fo­cused ef­forts need to be taken as over 80 per­cent of the present net­work rides on cop­per ca­bles or mi­crowave, which need to be up­graded for a se­cure high­ca­pac­ity net­work.

The ben­e­fits of us­ing op­ti­cal fiber for crit­i­cal na­tional in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment such as Smart Cities, BharatNet, and NFS are much be­yond the ones that can be de­rived by cop­per ca­bles. Take the case of Smart Cities where smart util­i­ties like elec­tric­ity grid, wa­ter, trans­port net­works, sur­veil­lance and emer­gency ser­vices will be de­pen­dent on high-speed broad­band con­nec­tiv­ity.

Data trans­mis­sion through op­ti­cal fiber ca­bles has be­come the safest form of data com­mu­ni­ca­tion as it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to tap as fibers do not ra­di­ate sig­nals. If an at­tempt is made to break the phys­i­cal se­cu­rity of the fiber sys­tem, the so­lu­tion provider im­me­di­ately gets no­ti­fied about the at­tempt.

Op­ti­cal fiber net­works can also pro­vide for ex­tremely re­li­able data trans­mis­sion as it is com­pletely im­mune to many en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors that af­fect cop­per ca­bles. They are im­mune to elec­tro­met­ric in­ter­fer­ence and ra­dio-fre­quency in­ter­fer­ence (EMI/ RFI), crosstalk, impedance prob­lems, and more.

To­day, with the evo­lu­tion in tech­nol­ogy, many in­no­va­tions in op­ti­cal fibers like in­tru­sion-proof, macro bend in­sen­si­tive, and ca­pa­ble of sus­tain­ing ro­bust com­mu­ni­ca­tions in spite of large amount of fiber cuts have also be­come a re­al­ity. The in­tru­sion proof sys­tem, in case of break­down, al­lows the data packet to shift from one net­work to an­other seam­lessly.

CEO – Ster­lite Tech­nolo­gies

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