Dark Fiber, Lit Fiber or Copper Cable: Which is Right for Your Small Business? (Infograhic)

Fiber Networking Options for Your Small Business (Infographic)

Businesses need to stay connected no matter what. But when it comes to choosing a network, many small businesses don’t know which options are available. And even if they do, most of them are not sure which option is best for them.

For businesses, it’s therefore important to first know there are three routes to choose from when deciding on a network. These are dark fiber, lit fiber and copper telecommunications (also known as cable).

To help small businesses make the right decision, dark fiber provider Arch Fiber Networks has compared the three options. The comparison is based on six parameters: speed, security, scalability, infrastructure, downtimes and costs.

Fiber Networking Options for Your Small Business

Let’s take a closer look at each one of them to see how the three networking options fare.

Speed: Lit Fiber and Dark Fiber Excel

With both lit fiber and dark fiber, you get a speed of 1000 mbps. Cable, on the other hand, gives you 100 mbps, which is shared between customers.

Security: Dark Fiber Most Secure

Unlike cable and lit fiber that provide multiple access points and thereby increase the risk of malicious interference, dark fiber limits the number of access points.

Scalability: Dark Fiber Provides More Options

With cable, you get a bandwidth that’s controlled by third-party service. Lit fiber too comes with bandwidth controlled by a third-party service and offers moderate scalability.

But with dark fiber, you can configure your own lasers and open additional bandwidth.

Infrastructure: Dark Fiber Gives You Control

If you go for cable or lit fiber, you have no control over network. But with dark fiber, you can control the network.

Downtimes: Reduced Downtimes with Dark Fiber

Dark fiber allows you to control maintenance and the network is exposed to less traffic. This means, you experience less downtime.

Costs: Cable Comes for a Lower Cost

By opting for cable, you pay for monthly service costs. That’s less expensive than what you pay for lit fiber. With dark fiber, however, there’s potential for higher initial costs if construction is required to reach locations.

To know which networking option works best for you, take a look at the infographic from Arch Fiber Networks below:

Fiber Networking Options for Your Small Business (Infographic)

Images: Arch Fiber Networks


Shubhomita Bose Shubhomita Bose is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers key studies and surveys about the small business market, along with general small business news. She draws on 8 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and communications, having worked extensively on creating content for small and medium sized enterprises.

4 Reactions
  1. I didn’t know that there are so many you can choose from. A normal business owner will not even think about choosing between these and just let the tech person take over.

  2. I honestly don’t know a thing about these cable thingies. Although I can see how one is better than the other. I could not help but wonder about the cost.

  3. It is really difficult to choose the right cable for a small business as not all the people have sound knowledge about it and in this case your blog is much helpful to people. Amazing blog. Thanks for sharing this useful information over here.