Fiber Optic cabling delivers a far greater bandwidth than copper and is generally used for backbone network connection between localized networking equipment and is increasingly growing to be the preferred choice for high quality and reliable analog and digital communications. Although its higher cost can be prohibitive for desktop applications, fiber optic cabling delivers a high security link, with immunity from electromagnetic interference (EMI). It is also the solution for inter-building links and other cable connections beyond the maximum 90m for Category 5e copper cabling.
Fiber Optic Design & Installation
All types of fiber optic cabling systems are offered including:
- Multimode 62.5/125 (OM1) Datacomms
- Multimode 50/125 (OM2) Video & Datacomms Systems
- Multimode 50/125 (OM3) Gigabit Ethernet an 10 Gig Ethernet for up to 300m
- Singlemode 8/125 (OS1) Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gig Ethernet for up to 2km.
- All cables are internal/external grade.
Our Fiber Optic termination and testing service is provided to corporate end users as well as other communication providers who desire to use our skilled services rather than invest in expensive test equipment and costly engineer training. Both approaches of termination are offered either direct termination or fusion splicing of pre-manufactured pigtail assemblies.
A fiber optic system often has very high bandwidth, sometimes functioning at data rates of 10Gb/s, equal to more than 120,000 standard telephone calls over one pair of optical fibers (one transmitting and one receiving).Under Lab conditions, data rates as high as 10 terabits per second have been confirmed (150 million telephone calls).
Datacomms type fibers have a lower "data" transporting capacity but are capable of 1Gb/s with some 10 Gigabit devices now in use.
Because of the low attenuation (or signal loss) exhibited by optical fibers, signals can be transmitted very long distances. In subsea telecommunications, distances of up to 280km have been used without the requirement for repeaters or boosters. Repeatered systems can span as much as 10,000 to 15,000km, where optical amplifiers are used to boost the signal levels typically around every 80km or so.
Datacomms optical fibers have higher losses but can easily cope with the longest cable runs likely to be encountered in LANS.
Lightweight and Compact
An optical fiber is incredibly light, a 2km bobbin would only weigh approx. 1lB, as a result it is ideal for use in applications in which weight is critical. Likewise, a coated optical fiber is only 250 microns (a quarter of a millimeter) in diameter; a 12 core (12 fiber) cable may be less than 8mm in diameter for indoor use.
Fiber Optic Cabling Is Secure
Operational fibers will not radiate any signal, the optical signal is completely enclosed in the center of the fiber. This implies that fibers are generally utilized for applications in which data security is important just like military and government communications. Regardless of whether attempts are made to ‘tap into’ a fiber optic cable by isolating a bare fiber and putting a tight bend onto it so that some of the signal escapes, this intrusion can be detected by monitoring the power of the transmitted signal, and located using an OTDR technique (Optical Time Domain Reflectometry).
Fiber Optic Cabling Is Safe
A fiber optic communication cable does not need to carry any electrical current. It is possible to construct completely non-metallic cables so that full electrical isolation can be achieved, particularly important in the Electric supply industry. There are no risks of short circuits generating sparks which may ignite explosive gases etc.
Non-metallic cables are not prone to lightning strikes in exposed areas. All these intrinsically safe characteristics have led to the widespread use of fiber optics in hazardous environments such as oil refineries, chemical works, coal mines, etc.
Fiber Optic Cabling Is Environmentally Friendly
When in comparison to copper communications cables, there is certainly little use of resource in manufacturing, transporting and installing fiber optic cables simply because of the lightweight, compact nature of optical fibers. Go Green with our Office Technology!
Fiber Optic Cable Has No Scrap Value
Fiber optic cable is worthless as scrap and for that reason not worth stealing as opposed to copper telecommunication cable.
Fiber Optic Cabling Is Future-proof
Any fiber optic system presently installed will only be utilizing a very small fraction of the potential total information carrying capacity of the fiber. As a result, the demand for communications capacity increases the system can be upgraded by attaching more sophisticated transmission equipment.
Fiber Optics Are Cost Effective
Many people view fiber optics as being very expensive, but for any application where there is a lot of data to move over long distances then fiber is likely to provide the cheapest solution.
There exists a general downward trend in price ranges of fiber optics cabling, components, tools and installation equipment. Having said that, the transmission equipment which converts electricity into light and back again is still relatively expensive. As price ranges continue to fall, and the price of copper continues to rise, fiber optics will become the most cost-effective solution for an increasing number of applications – bringing all the other benefits as well.