Fibre optic cabling is popular because of its low loss and high bandwidth, making it excellent over longer distances than copper cables. You can use sections of cable of up to 2km in a data network without the need for repeaters.
Being lightweight and compact, fibre is also suitable for applications where running copper cables is impractical. The addition of multiplexors means one fibre can replace hundreds of copper cables.
Multimode and singlemode fibre
We can supply and install both multimode and singlemode fibre types.
Multimode fibre is mostly used for communication over shorter distances – such as within a building or on a campus. Typically, multimode links can handle data rates of 10Mb/s to 10Gb/s over lengths of up to 600 metres.
Singlemode is suitable for situations where a high bandwidth is required at data rates upward of 2.5Gb/s, or when the distances are significantly greater.
Fibre connection and termination
This is where we connect 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 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 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 or faulty connections.
UTL Cabling Solutions offers OTDR and Level 3 Field Testing.