Fiber optic cables are used in IT infrastructure installations because they have a much greater bandwidth than metal cables, which means they carry more data. They are less susceptible to interference compared to metal cables and are thinner and lighter than metal wires. Data can be transmitted digitally rather than analogically, which is best for modern data usage.


Fiber optic cables consist of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is able to transmit messages modulated onto light waves. This popular technology is widely used for local-area networks, while telephone companies are steadily replacing telephone lines with fiber optic cables.


Fiber optic cables are delicate and require careful handling during installation to ensure that there are no issues to deal with later on and that any problems which arise are dealt with professionally and efficiently. Improper handling or installation of the fiber optic cable can cause damage to the system, which is why trusted experts should be employed to install and handle with expertise and guaranteed reliability.

Single-mode fiber optic cable enables one type of light mode to be propagated at a time, while multimode fiber can transmit several modes of light simultaneously. This affects the fiber core diameter, wavelength, light source, bandwidth, color sheath, distance and cost of the cable.

Single-mode fiber’s core size is smaller and carries light directly down the fiber (it only allows the fundamental mode of light to transmit down the fiber). As a result, light reflection created during light transmission decreases, lowering attenuation and allowing the signal to successfully travel over longer distances. Multimode core size is five to six times larger in diameter than single-mode, which allows for much greater light-gathering capacity and facilitates the use of cheaper electro-optic devices. Multiple modes or light paths travel down the fiber at once, which has traditionally limited transmission distance and bandwidth.

Single-mode fiber is ideal for long-haul signal transmission applications, such as across or between campuses, undersea or in remote offices. There are essentially no distance limitations. Currently, single-mode fiber is typically less expensive than multimode fiber.


Integrated Mobility Solutions makes use of highly qualified personal and can support many customers in countries within Sub Saharan Africa. Our installation teams make use of high-grade tooling, including termination tools, punch-down tools, fiber termination and splicing machines as well as cable testing devices and software. 


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