Why is the need for optical cables growing?

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The fiber optics market is predicted to grow from USD 2.75 billion in 2016 to approximately USD 3.72 billion by 2022. That’s just above a 5.2% rise each year between 2017 and 2022. What’s causing this continual increase and how have cables become so popular in the first place?

One explanation is the simultaneous, drastic increase in the amount of data the world is producing. According to IDC’s forecast, by 2025 the “global datasphere” (the sum of all data created, captured and replicated) will grow to 163 zettabytes – a tenfold increase of the 16.1ZB of data generated in 2016. The volume of data is going up and so is the demand for data transportation, which is where the optical cable steps in.

If you’re on the search for a cable, a fiber optic one is the best you’re going to get. It has the highest potential for transmission capacity, allowing information to travel at speeds close to the speed of light, while simultaneously barring internal and external interference. Not forgetting that it’s lightweight, durable and provides a secure way to carry data.

It’s these superior qualities that have caused the active optical cable (AOC) to become an essential part of The Big IT Trends. Think Virtual Reality, the Internet of Things, Computer Vision, Big Data, Robotics and Machine Intelligence… These innovative technologies are all driven by our increased access to data – data that can be transmitted more efficiently by an optical cable.

digital signage cable
Digital signage and video walls are other contributors to the increasing fiber optic market.

But it doesn’t stop at the tech trends of the moment. Optical cables have also entered our homes and workplaces to increase data transmission speed. Services like Video on Demand, video conferencing, gaming and home surveillance can all operate more smoothly and to a higher standard with a reliable connection.

The same also goes for the more artistic among us, reliant on technology. Professions like photography, music, audio and video production benefit from incorporating AOCs into their set up to create a clearer picture and sound.

Audio production cable
Audio producers claim that by implementing active optical cables, computer equipment can be placed further away, resulting in a quieter recording space.

Evidently, information transmission can be greatly improved in a range of technologies by an active optical cable. It’s because of this universal application that optical cables are becoming more widespread – and for a good reason too. Compared to their copper counter parts, fiber optic cables offer a faster, more secure, more reliable connection over longer distances.

Not only do they offer a better visual and audio, but a higher quality of connection is crucial to process the ever-increasing waves of data there are to come.

VIA Technologies, Inc.