What is Fibre Optic Cable Installation?

Fibre optic cables are one of the biggest advances in data transmission technology in recent history, bringing an array of advantages over their copper counterparts. Blown optical fibre has extensive use in internet transmission, computer networking, phone and television and even surgical procedures. They are based on a physical principle known as ‘total internal reflection’ to pass light through thin glass wires. Fibre optic cable installation allows light to be sent into the ends of the fibres where it reflects off of the cable’s interior instead of leaving the cable, moving along it rapidly.

Fibre optic cable installation has several key advantages over other data transmission methods. Firstly, the speed available is much higher, as the data is moved at the speed of light. Secondly, blown optical fibres are almost impervious to electrical or magnetic interference as they do not use electrons for transmission. They also have a higher bandwidth than alternatives and can transmit for much longer distances before a signal loss occurs. Fibre optic cable installation is also much more space-efficient as the cable diameter can be made very small.

There are some important considerations to make in fibre optic cable installation. The cables should never be bent beyond their stated bend radius. Small bends are best as the glass is fragile and the light will not correctly reflect inside the cable is the angle is too sharp, losing data. Blown optical fibres should also never be pulled as this can cause severe damage to the thin glass pieces. Finally, the different sized cables should not be combined as this can cause major attenuation (loss of data) issues at the joins.

GM Cable can perform a range of fibre optic cable installation tasks at a fair price and the highest quality; contact us today to get in touch about optic fibre solutions.

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