Most telephone wires in larger cities are about 100 years old. The wires used to the regular old phone service go to a switch where the analog voice signal is digitized and most probably sent on through to a fiber optic cable. If your Minneapolis phone service wiring is like most others, then it is made of copper, a material that has a very small bandwidth, about 3,000 Hz which was the standard for voice transmission years ago. However, with the advent of fiber optics, this is just too archaic today. Fiber optic can offer 1,000 times or more bandwidth, with distances of 100 times farther for often less cost. While copper offers about 24 voice channels over its lines, fiber optic can provide 32,000 and more when compared to the same amount, with less interference, too. The cost differences are about 1/100th of the cost of copper per voice channel; all this at a fraction of the size and weight of copper cables.
Fiber optics works great in rural areas as copper wire is more expensive to purchase, and will require repeaters every X-number of feet. This same fiber optic wire will not only travel longer distances, but it can be used to bring voice, bi-directional data, and CATV all in one line. There are few reasons other than cost that would influence the decisions to install fiber optics. It is certainly being used in new construction all the time, but those who are using older applications need to decide when they will be ready to make the upgrade. Like the old adage, “If it’s working now; don’t fix it.” This is certainly true in most cases, but when the time does come to upgrade to fiber optic cabling, make sure you contact Minneapolis’ premier electrical contractors to get the job done right. We have the experience it takes to make sure your wiring is superior in every regard. Give us a call to find out more if this sounds good to you. 612-385-7864