A former managing partner of M. Marlowe Consulting in Columbus, OH, Michael Marlowe recently became the director of strategy and vice president of new markets for Chasetek. Alongside his work in Columbus, OH, Michael Marlowe gained extensive experience as a telecommunications professional in areas such as fiber optics.
Formed of pure glass or plastic strands the width of a human hair, fiber optic cables transmit digital information across vast distances. Around those strands forming the core of the cable, another type of glass, known as the cladding, keeps light inside the core, ensuring communication of photons reaches its destination.
Fiber optic cables have much greater capacity than comparably-sized copper cables. The combination of light communication and glass construction eliminates problems from electromagnetic interference, which affect standard network cabling even when it has special shielding. Additionally, light can travel much greater distances without needing signal boosters.
Other advantages of fiber optic cabling range from greater security to increased upload and download speeds. For example, a download that takes 22 minutes through standard copper cabling might require only 8 seconds with fiber optics.