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Ribbon Fiber Optic Cables Tutorial

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Ribbon Fiber Optic Cables Tutorial

 

Nowadays, as the high demands of fiber counts, distribution fiber cables seem not to satisfy people. Ribbon fiber optic cable is becoming as a better cable choice for many newly designed network where more fiber counts are required. About ribbon fiber optic cable, how much do you know? Today, Fiber-Mart Tutorial will take you to learn more about it.

 

What is Ribbon Fiber Optic Cable?

 

Ribbon Fiber Optic Cable is just another type of fiber optic cables. It looks like a ribbon so that we usually call it ribbon cable. A ribbon cable consists of a lot of bare fibers which are lined up side-by-side in parallel, color coded and is coated with a thin tape or film. The normal fiber counts of ribbon cables are 2, 4, 8 and 12. In Japan, the first three types are more commonly used while the 12-Ribbon is popular in the United State, China, Australia and any other newly designed networks.

The key feature of ribbon cable is its higher fiber density. This is very important for the upstream applications which require high fiber-count cables. In addition, due to the flat size of ribbon fiber cable, it can take up very little room and is often used when space is a factor (such as in the cable trays or other terminal box).

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Advantages of Ribbon Fiber Optic Cable

 

There are many advantages of ribbon fiber optic cable. An obvious advantages is Saving. You must be thinking about that the price of a ribbon cable is higher than a loose tube cable when you read here. In a certain extent, the savings from mass fusion splicing more than makes up for the incremental cable cost. A ribbon cable allows 12 fibers to be spliced together at one time so that it reduces labor time and saving money. In addition, a ribbon cable allows for more fiber to be placed in a smaller cable diameter which satisfies the demands of higher fiber counts in a fiber cable. Moreover, restoration time is much quicker with a ribbon fiber cable when a cable cut occur.

Advantages of Ribbon Fiber Optic Cables

Applications of Ribbon Fiber Optic Cable

 

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Except the application above, ribbon fiber cable can be usually spliced to a loose tube cable. It is a common practice to take 12 loose fibers and build a ribbon for mass fusion splicing. It is also a common practice to remove the over coating from a ribbon and splice single fibers together. Certainly, there are many other applications of ribbon fiber cable so that we won't say more here. Leave it to you to discover.

 

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