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Fiber optic cable specifications:

One of the questions I often get from fiber optic cable manufacturers is: “Which specifications do I have to qualify to?” Additionally, I often hear: “Why is it that this particular specification is not good enough? Why can’t one spec fit all?” Unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work in today’s optical cable world.

To understand why the various specs were created, we have to go back to the basics.

In this article, I address the answers to:

  • Why were so many different specifications created?

  • Cables then and now: Why cables of 10 or 20 years ago needed different specs?

  • A global disagreement on safety requirements results in different specifications.

  • Evolving optical transmission requirements and optical hardware have impacted specifications.

  • Another reason why there are many specifications: Cable is going where no cable has gone before!

  • Which market will your cable serve?


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