How are fiber optic cables specified?

February 5, 2020

There are many items to consider when determining which cable design is best suited for a specific application.

In a nutshell, fiber optic cable designs types are specified based on where the cable will be installed, the transmission applications that need to be supported, building code requirement, etc.

The basic questions to consider when defining what cable type include:

  1. Is the cable to be installed within a building vs. outside, between buildings?
  2. What are the applications (Ethernet, ATM, etc.) will be supported?
  3. Will the cable be installed vertically between floors and/or horizontally between rooms on a single floor?

Once you determine the answers to the above questions, you can decide which cable will work best with your application.



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