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Compare and contrast the optical communication technology with radio frequency communication technology.

Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

4. Compare and contrast the optical communication technology with radio frequency communication technology. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

NASA launched its new Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) — the agency’s first-ever laser communications system — from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The LCRD will help the agency test optical communication in space.

Key Demand of the question:

To Compare and contrast the optical communication and radio frequency communications

Directive word: 

Compare and contrast – provide for a detailed comparison of the two types, their features that are similar as well as different. One must provide for detailed assessment of the two.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context about growth of optical communications.

Body:

Compare both optical and radio frequency communications on the basis of data transmission, speed, bandwidth, attenuation losses, cost, infrastructure, compatibility etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning the need to build up towards optical communication technologies.