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Copper is the comic book hero of cabling

By Max Burkhalter
September 14, 2012
Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and all those other major comic book heroes seem to following a similar pattern of popularity, at least based on my anecdotal observations. They all had their period when they were ridiculously popular, fell into obscurity when a new hero came along, were brought back to the forefront with a new movie or similar gimmick and then fell away again before making yet another comeback.

I mean, look at Batman. The comics thrived, then drifted away a little, but were revitalized with that corny TV show with the "Bam," "Pow" and "KaBoom" graphics. The Dark Knight then slid away only to return when the movie came out in 1989. A few sequels later, the series wore out its welcome and slid into relative obscurity for a few years, then came into its own again with the most recent trilogy.

During all of these periods of decline, the core audience of the heroes remained active, but the heroes were only really on the forefront of public attention for short moments. In many ways, copper cabling is the comic book hero of cabling. It goes in and out fame, but has remained relevant in the background no matter what.

According to a recent Cabling Installation & Maintenance report, copper cabling is amid another period of emphasis, as economic conditions are creating an environment in which it is a prime option for many telecom service providers.

Citing studies from the Fiber to the Home Council and ABI Research along with a whitepaper from a cabling equipment manufacturer, the news source explained that fiber to the premises is growing and will likely play a major role in the future. But copper still has two extremely important niches that are making it a prominent part of the network landscape. The first is in advanced DSL services, where copper performance capabilities meet many mainstream performance requirements at an installation cost that is much lower for telecoms. The second area of growth is from buildings to wherever the FTTx or fiber to the node infrastructure runs out.

Because fiber and copper are coexisting in the telecom network, fiber to Ethernet media converters could become much more important in the network landscape, as interoperability between the two cabling mediums could offer considerable gains.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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