Here are three reasons why fiber-optic technology can be considered a “green” technology.
Fiber consumes less energy
Overall, less energy is consumed by fiber-optic networks than copper networks. Fiber can transmit more data over longer distances and still use less energy than copper. Fiber technology is greener both initially and over the lifespan of the technology’s network.
With less energy use, carbon dioxide emissions can also be reduced.
Fiber-optic cables require fewer materials
Fewer materials are required to build fiber-optic cables than copper cables for two reasons. A fiber-optic cable uses less insulation and jacketing.
Additionally, fiber-optic cables usually have a longer lifespan than copper cables. This is because fiber is more durable than coper. With a longer lifespan, fewer fiber cables are pulled out of the ground and thrown away. Similarly, fewer materials are used because fiber-optic materials do not need to be built and installed as frequently.
Data centers filled with fiber-optic cables use less energy
Less heat is generated from fiber-optic cables because powering the signal requires less energy. On the other hand, data centers filled with copper cables require a great deal of cooling, and therefore, energy. Fiber networks do not need this heavy cooling.