Fibre Optic Cabling is normally used because of its low loss and high bandwidth. These properties mean that fibre can be used over greater distances than copper cables; when used in data networks this can be as much as 2km without the use of repeaters.
As they are light weight and small in size this also makes fibre suitable for applications where running copper cables would be impractical. With the use of multiplexors one fibre can replace hundreds of copper cables.
Multimode and Singlemode Fibre
We can supply and install both types.
Multimode fibre is mostly used for communication over shorter distances; for example: within a building or on a campus. Typical multimode links have data rates of 10 Mb/s to 10 Gb/s over lengths of up to 600 metres.
Singlemode is for situations where a high bandwidth is required at data rates upward of 2.5Gb/s or when the distances are significantly longer.
Fibre Connection and Termination
Used for connecting fibre to pieces of equipment and to terminate fibre onto patch panels.
Joining lengths of optical fibre is more complex than joining electrical wire or cable. The ends of the fibres must be carefully cleaved, and then spliced together either mechanically or by fusing them together with an electric arc.
Splicing can also be used to repair damaged cables saving the expense and inconvenience of replacing the full run.
Fibre Optic Testing
Testing fibre optic cable is important to ensure optimal performance. It is particularly important to test fibre optic cables after a new installation, or after splicing, connecting, or making additions to an existing system. Fibre optic testing can be used to estimate the fibre’s length and overall attenuation. It can also help to locate faults, such as breaks in the cable or faulty connections.
UTL Cabling Solutions offer OTDR and Level 3 Field Testing.