The decision to buy fiber optic cable rather than the alternatives of coaxial or twisted pair, also known as Category 5e (CAT-5e), is one that is not hard to make. Fiber optics have proven to be superior in their quality, the rates that they can transmit data, their versatility, and their power. These cables can be used for television and computer networks, as well as phone systems. They are capable of carrying more data than other cables of the same diameter. The only real decision to be made is whether or not to purchase the materials oneself or to leave that to the installer.
It is important to take the time to learn before spending any money, however. Misjudging how much will need to be purchased could result in the installer being unable to finish their job. If they decide to make do, it might have the consequence of a phone or computer network that is smaller than initially intended because the available length could not reach. Sometimes an installer may have connections that allow them to receive the lengths of cable at a discount. Due to their experience, a professional installer is more likely to know the difference between multimode and single mode fibers, and which is appropriate for the particular installation. On the other hand, the customer may want to be making the financial decisions, and budget can certainly play a factor in what is bought.
There are numerous places online that offer not only information, but also sales on these lines. With proper research the right choices can be made if someone decides to buy fiber optic cable rather than depend on an installer, but relying on the professional is the safest route.