Is Fibre-Optic Safe?

fibre opticAs concerns are being raised about Fibre-Optic cabling for broadband being the ‘backhaul’ for 5G, as well as issues with fibre-optic connections to existing systems causing electromagnetic interference (EMI), and already affecting some people adversely,  should we really be advocating fibre-optic as a “safe” technology or a “safe” alternative to 5G?

100% pure fibre cabling, with no additions, to the router at the home or premises may well be safer and healthier, but as time goes on, we will see that this set up will rarely, if ever, be the case.


What industry are saying about Fibre-Optic and 5G

Full-fibre is the secret ingredient behind 5G success https://www.5gradar.com

5G wireless small cells and their fibre wireline networks will never be mutually exclusive. Think of a city’s network like the human anatomy: 5G will function as the capillaries (mobile fronthaul) of a city’s networking system, but internet traffic will travel nearly its entire journey in the veins or arteries (fibre backhaul)’.

5G wireless needs fiber, and lots of it – https://www.ciena.com

‘…5G’s formidable network performance goals are heavily predicated on the availability of fiber, and lots of it, to cell sites

The Role Of Fibre Optic Cables In Shaping Smart Cities https://www.smartcity.press

Broadly, fibre optic is a fundamental player in improving the quality of life in cities while helping them reshape into smart cities today.’

The role of fiber in 5G networks  https://www.cablinginstall.com/

‘Regardless of the wireless technology employed, fiber will be the supporting infrastructure for 5G networks.’

Fiber optic vs. 5G wireless networks: A closer look at an emerging debate https://www.rcrwireless.com

Rather, 5G wireless networks and fiber optic networks complement each other, together offering a more cohesive internet experience across fixed and mobile applications than either could alone. Without 5G, fiber would lack mobility. Without fiber, the revolutionary goals of 5G would simply be impossible’. 

FibreOptic Networks are Key to Upcoming 5G Deployment https://www.oceannews.com

‘… 5G means low latency, speed, reliability, and only fibre can bring that. Building a dense and robust fibre network is a must to support the developments in the infrastructure required by this upcoming technology’

 


Concerns about Fibre Optic Broadband

Why Do Fiber Optic Installations Increase Electrical Sensitivity? EMFAnalysis

‘The issue is that fiber optic internet service does not only use light to transmit data. The high-speed fiber optic data must be converted to electrical signals before the data can be transmitted to the home on the existing copper cable or phone line DSL. Those electrical signals, which carry our internet data, are not inherently problematic because they are in a very narrow frequency range and don’t typically radiate from the cable or phone lines.

However, there can be a significant problem with the high-speed fiber optic converters out at the street (or in the home with some newer fiber systems) that create these electrical data signals. This is because the converters are not designed with low-EMI emissions in mind. Thus, their power supplies and operation can generate high amounts of wide-spectrum EMI (electromagnetic interference).’

Fiber Broadband and Small Cells: An Unholy Municipal Alliance

“As a science writer with two books on technology’s affects to biology, particularly infrastructure, I used to advocate for “fiber-to-the-premises”— meaning fiber optic cable, 100 percent wired to-the-home, without a mobile wireless component, preferably municipally owned over which various communications providers could “compete” for fixed services like Internet, communications and entertainment. (That should be our national model.) But that train left the station several years ago when fiber was hijacked for “backhaul” by the current feverish small-cell zeitgeist in the name of ubiquitous connectivity for fourth generation (4G/4GLTE smart phones) and eventually 5G Internet of Things (IoT) machine-to-machine technology.”

Arthur Firstenberg : “Contrary to what people are saying, the solution is not fibre optic cable”


All the major telecom companies in Ireland are installing fibre cable networks for broadband as well as installing 5G antennae for mobile services.  They are not necessarily exclusive.  They might say their fibre network is just fibre-optic broadband, but 5G and wireless antennae and can be added along the route, including in homes.  High speed fibre cabling is a trojan horse for 5G.

Siro (a joint venture between Eir and Vodafone) are installing what they call 100% Fibre to the Home FTTH.  While this might sound like safe broadband,  it comes through the electrical box to the home, and may result in dirty electricity.  Any fibre optic cable can also be used to install 5G antennae.