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Fibre optic cables

Fibre optic cable

What is a fibre optic cable?

A fibre optic cable is essentially suitable packaging for one or many optical fibres, to enable the fibres to stand up to whatever environment they are being used in. There are numerous designs of fibre optic cable to suit all types of different environments and installation methods.

Whenever we talk about fibre optic cable, we mean the entire cable that is made up of one or typically many optical fibres, packaged together with strength members, fillers, outer sheath etc. Try to avoid using the word fibre when you really mean a fibre optic cable. The same fibre optic cable construction may be used to sheath different fibre types.

What you need to know about fibre optic cables will be different depending on your job role. Are you sourcing fibre optic cable to install? Looking at existing installed fibre optic cabling links? or are you actually carrying out the installation work?

Many factors will affect the decision of what cable is used for any particular network link but knowing what the available options are is important.  So we have put together some links to help you research the cable available to buy.

Learn to joint and terminate fibre optic cable

On an OTT Certified Optical Fibre Installer (COFI) course you can learn prepare fibre optic cabling for splicing or termination.

Explore fibre optic cable constructions

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