What is Fibre-Optic Communication?

SWIFT is committed to developing and constructing an affordable and reliable fibre-optic network for everyone in South Western Ontario. But what exactly is fibre-optic communication?

Developed in the 1970s, fibre-optic communication entails the transferring of info from one point to another as pulses of light through an optical fibre. Fibre-optic communication is quickly replacing copper wire communication in the developed world and is most commonly used for Internet connection, cable television, and to send telephone signals.

The process of fibre-optic communication involves five steps:

1) Establish an optical signal with a transmitter.

2) Send the signal along fibre.

3) Make sure the signal does not weaken or distort.

4) Receive the signal.

5) Convert it into an electrical signal.

Sounds too futuristic to be real, doesn’t it? In many ways it is the future, especially for the people of South Western Ontario. Students rely on a fast and affordable Internet connection to complete their studies, farmers are beginning to depend on it to efficiently run their businesses, and retirees use it to keep in touch with loved ones. Fibre-optic connectivity is the future of telecommunications, and is necessary for our region to thrive economically, socially, and technologically.

How would you use fibre-optic communication to improve your lifestyle?