Fiber to the Desk (FTTD) is the practice of using fiber-optic cables to connect computer workstations to the company network instead of copper cables. Although installation costs are higher than copper for some applications, the advantages of security and futureproofing outweigh the extra expense.

Fiber to the Desk Solution

Fiber cables do not radiate electromagnetic energy (EMI) like copper cables, which deters hackers from eavesdropping on the traffic they carry. This makes them an attractive option for security-conscious organizations that want data protection from the network core to the desktop device.

High-security environments like defense installations, banking, and other critical organizations that need the most stringent data protection should consider fiber to the desk.

Fiber cables are also capable of carrying massive amounts of data at high speed. Unlike copper cables that need upgrading for higher speeds, fiber cables can keep pace with increasing network demands, which makes them perfect for future-proof applications.

Applications where FTTD is an ideal choice:

  • High-security networks like defense installations, financial, healthcare and other critical applications
  • Virtual networks using thin clients
  • Local area networks with extended distances to workstations
  • Locations where the power for copper Ethernet extenders is limited or unavailable
  • Businesses increasing bandwidth capacity
  • Operations moving large amounts of high-speed data

Advantages of Fiber Cables


Copper cables can be easily “tapped” because they emit electromagnetic signals, enabling hackers to eavesdrop on traffic without disturbing the cable. Intercepting traffic on a fiber optic cable is more difficult because light emits no EMI and cable tampering can be detected.*

Future Proof

Installing fiber ensures your network can keep up with the growth in traffic over time. A fiber cable can carry traffic at Gigabit, 10G or 100G speed, which simplifies network upgrades without the need for expensive re-cabling.


Copper cables can transmit data over a maximum distance of 300 feet (100m). Depending on the type of fiber cable, distances can range from 1500 feet to several miles, enabling easier and cheaper deployments in large buildings and campuses.

Speed & Reliability

Fiber is immune from EMI caused by machinery, fluorescent lights, etc. so high-speed data transfer is more reliable in electronically noisy environments. Fiber also has fewer compatibility issues – if a network segment of copper uses a lower standard cable, it reduces the performance of the entire segment. E.g., if a Cat5 patch cable is used in a Cat6a network, overall performance will degrade to the level of the Cat5 cable.

Lower Cost

Fiber cabling used to be more expensive than copper, but as demand has increased, manufacturing costs have dropped. Installation costs for fiber are now comparable to copper and often less overall. Additionally, once installed, maintenance costs are much lower than copper, and future upgrades are not required.

Suitable for Federal Use

Your Partner for Fiber to the Desk Applications

With more than two million units deployed in virtually every major United States military command, Allied Telesis government-certified solutions are the only options to consider for secure desktop and IP phone connectivity to fiber networks.

Our products are easy to sample and easy to buy through several major contract vehicles including 2GIT, ITES, SEWP IV, and GSA, and through distribution and small business partners. Our “Federal friendly” sales process makes network deployment easy, quick and hassle-free.

Contact 01915878800 Our Sales Team for more information.