Copper cabling has been used for over 130 years in telecommunications and it is still the most frequently used medium for creating networks and physically connecting devices. The popularity of copper cable can be attributed to the highly conductive nature of the metal and it’s relative abundance. Copper cabling is evident in all aspects of the modern world, whether it’s a power cable feeding our kettle, the Ethernet cable into the home computer, or the coaxial into the back of the TV. Outside too copper is used in cabling to move electricity, phone calls and information around the country and the globe.
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Because the demands on copper cables are continually increasing, so the cable itself has been upgraded to suit the task As a result there are different categories of cabling which are as follows:
This form of cabling involves twisted pairs of copper wire, Cat3 is now quite dated and it’s speed capabilities are slow with just a 16 MHz bandwidth.
Again this standard kind of data cable is made of two twisted copper pairs and has a bandwidth of 100MHz; as a result it is found in a great many Ethernet networks.
Using the same twisted copper design, Cat6 cable is a more durable cable at high speeds and provides a bandwidth up to 250 MHz.
This category of copper cabling is currently able to handle the highest speeds and provides the largest bandwidth at 600MHz.
In reality, copper cables can be considered a key component of the communication and information revolution, having made it possible for people to speak and share together at different ends of the globe. These cables have spanned ocean floors, given us the World Wide Web and brought power to every corner of the earth.
As for the future of copper cabling, increased populations, connectivity and data sharing means the workload is always increasing. Recent years have seen the emergence of HD technology, which has in turn placed more demand on high speed and higher bandwidth connections. Because of this, copper may well find itself superseded by optical cable. Fibre optics as they’re more commonly known are already used to carry vast amounts of phone calls and are the strength behind an ‘always on’ internet. The material has a far greater potential capacity to transmit data than copper cable, but even with this advancement in technology, it is likely to be a very long time before copper cables are a thing of the past.
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