Optical fibre and Coaxial cables, both are different types of guided media cables. Optical fibre is made up of plastic and glass and is used to transmits signals in form of light or optics whereas coaxial cable is made using plastic and copper wires and is used to transmits signals in form of electric signals.
The following are some of the important differences between Optical fibre and Coaxial cable.
|Sr. No.||Key||Optical Fibre||Coaxial Cable|
|1||Transmission Type||Optical Fibre transmits data/signals in the form of light.||The coaxial cable transmits data/signals in the form of electrical signals.|
|2||Material||Optical fibre is made using plastic and glass.||Coaxial cable is prepared using plastic and copper wires.|
|3||Efficiency||Optical fibre is highly efficient and signal loss is negligible.||Coaxial cable is less efficient.|
|4||Cost||Optical fibre is costly and its installation is quite expensive.||Coaxial cable is cheap and its installation is less expensive.|
|5||Weight||Optical fibre is quite light in weight.||Coaxial cable is very heavy as compared to an optical fibre.|
|6||Bandwidth||Optical fibre bandwidth is less than coaxial cable.||Coaxial cable provides high bandwidth.|
|7||Diameter||Optical fibre is having a smaller diameter.||Coaxial cable diameter is bigger than that of optical fibre.|
|8||Installation||The installation of Optical fibre is complex.||The installation of Coaxial cable is comparatively easy.|