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Fibre Optic Cables

As with any sort of cable, the installation of fibre optic cable is a complex task that must be completed perfectly in order for a data network to function.


  • Can be used over greater distances without signal degradation
  • Versatility – meets the need for emerging technologies such as Video
  • Lighter than copper cable – less stress on cable ducting
  • Stronger than copper cables – in some cases even steel (used in the Aircraft Industry)
  • Fibre optic cables can be used to transmit extremely wide bandwidth
  • Fibre Optic cables can transmit signals for up to 200km
  • Splice and breakout expenses can be minimised.
  • Deployment of fibres are related to actual requirement.
  • Significantly reduced timescales and costs for subsequent connections.
  • Service provision on a just-in-time basis.
  • Existing tube routes can be interrupted at any location – allowing rapid network upgrades

Fibre optic cables are fast becoming the data cabling medium of choice for high-speed data networks. If your next project requires the need for data storage, networks, video, data acquisition or other on-demand applications then blown fibre cables are the ideal conduit to give you reliable, high-speed transfer of your company’s precious data.

Fibre optic cables simply carry data information from one point to another in the form of light. The data is transmitted via light through thin strands of glass or plastic. Since the data is being transmitted using light, as opposed to electrical current, there are several key advantages that make fibre optic cabling attractive in applications ranging from telephony to computers to aircraft.

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Types of Fibre Optic Cable

ACCL work with the following types of fibre optic cables.


Multimode fibre optic cabling is ideal over medium distances for providing high bandwidth and speed. The reason multimode cable is so named is that the fibres contain multiple paths through which light may travel. The ability to travel along multiple paths helps to transfer data more quickly, but also allows data to be more easily confused over long distances. Multimode cable is therefore recommended for distances no greater than 2 kilometers.


Singlemode fibre optic cabling is better over long distances than multimode because there is only one path through which light may travel. This prevents data from being scrambled and allows for much greater distances than multimode: up to 100 kilometers.

OM1, OM2, OM3 and OM4

OM stands for Optical Mode, and the differences within this family of fibres is denoted by the number. The exact performance of each cable will vary depending on the conditions. Under identical conditions, though, OM1 fibre is by far the slowest. OM2 provides a slight upgrade, then OM3 makes a significant jump in speed and distance. Finally, OM4 is the latest and greatest, only recently released and easily superior to the rest of the OM fibres.


OS1 (Optical Singlemode) cable is a commonly used type of fibre optic cabling over long distances, as described under 'Singlemode.'

Why use a fibre optic cables over copper cable?

Optical fibre cable is an installation solution that gives you a more flexible and cost effective deployment, because of its ability to support your company’s future network expansion requirements. With traditional copper cables it can be costly to upgrade and replace existing data networks.

ACCL are experts in fibre optic cable installation so if you’re need to install or even upgrade your existing network please get in touch now

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