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Optical communication is any type of communication in which light is used to carry the signal to the remote end, instead of electrical current. Optical communication relies on optical fibers to carry signals to their destinations. A modulator/demodulator, a transmitter/receiver, a light signal and a transparent channel are the building blocks of the optical communications system.
Because of its numerous advantages over electrical transmission, optical fibers have largely replaced copper wire communications in core networks in the developed world.
Since the development of low-loss optical fiber cables in the 1970s, optical communications became one of the most popular methods of communication. Optical communication systems consist of the following components:
The main benefits of optical communication include high bandwidth, exceptionally low loss, great transmission range and no electromagnetic interference. The cons of optic communication include the high cost of cable, transmitter/receiver and other support equipment, and the skill and expertise required during cable installation and interconnection.