Fibre Optic Cable

Fibre optic cables are network cables that contain one or more transparent optical fibres that are used to carry light. The optical fibres are typically glass or plastic pipes contained in a protective tube suitable for long distance, very high performance data networking and telecommunications. A key advantage of fibre optic cables over metal conductor cables is superior performance in terms of bandwidth and data carrying performance. Fibre optic cables are in internet, phone and TV applications. They’re also used in decorative lighting, for example you can get fibre optic Christmas trees. Their ability to save space means that they are used in the lighting and safety features of cars. They are used in the medical field, mechanical inspections and can be used as fibre optic sensors for electrical currents, sounds and chemicals.

How do Fibre Optic Cables Work?

Fibre optic cables carry communication signals using pulses of light generated by small lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The cable consists of one or more strands each approximately the thickness of a human hair. The centre of each strand is called the core, this core is the pathway for light to travel. The core is surrounded by a layer of glass that reflects light inward to avoid loss of signal and allow the light to pass through bends in the cable.

Types of Fibre Optic Cable

  • Single-Mode: The simplest form in which all signals travel down the middle of the fibre without reflection. Suitable for data transmission over long distances (>100 km)
  • Multimode: Around 10 times bigger than single-mode fibres, allowing light beams to travel through various paths (or multiple modes). Suitable for data transmission over relatively short distances (≤2 km)

Optical fibres are classified according to their modal type and transmission speeds: OM1 – Multimode 62.5/125 μm & OM2 – Multimode 50/125 μm 1 Gbit.


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Description Price Length Propagation Mode Terminated/Unterminated Connector B Core Diameter Number of Cores Sheath Colour Cable Construction Connector A Data Rate Fibre Type IP Rating Maximum Operating Temperature Attenuation
RS Stock No. 536-8604
BrandRS PRO
kr 61,10
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1m Multi Mode Terminated Unterminated 50/125µm - White Simplex ST - OM3 - - 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 135-648
BrandRS PRO
kr 251,93
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10m Single Mode Terminated LC 9/125µm - Yellow Duplex LC - OS1 - +85°C 0.38 dB
RS Stock No. 535-7266
BrandRS PRO
kr 280,62
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10m Multi Mode Terminated ST 50/125µm - Orange Simplex ST - OM2 - +85°C 0.8 dB
RS Stock No. 536-6872
BrandRS PRO
kr 214,01
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2m Multi Mode Terminated SC 50/125µm - Orange Duplex LC - OM2 - - 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 535-7430
BrandRS PRO
kr 521,86
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10m Multi Mode Terminated ST 62.5/125µm - Orange Simplex ST - OM1 - +85°C 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 535-7531
BrandRS PRO
kr 54,80
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1m Multi Mode Terminated Unterminated 62.5/125µm - Black Simplex ST - OM1 - +85°C 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 536-8266
BrandRS PRO
kr 150,66
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2m Single Mode Terminated ST 9/125µm - Yellow Duplex SC - OS1 - - 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 536-6737
BrandRS PRO
kr 311,57
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2m Multi Mode Terminated LC 50/125µm - Purple Duplex LC - OM3 - - 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 536-6456
BrandRS PRO
kr 314,27
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10m Multi Mode Terminated LC 50/125µm - Purple Simplex SC - OM3 - - 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 536-8165
BrandRS PRO
kr 185,77
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10m Single Mode Terminated SC 9/125µm - Yellow Simplex SC - OS1 - - 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 135-610
BrandRS PRO
kr 185,09
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1m Single Mode Terminated LC 9/125µm - Yellow Simplex LC - OS1 - +85°C 0.38 dB
RS Stock No. 121-3923
BrandRS PRO
kr 140,65
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1m Multi Mode Terminated SC 900µm - Blue Duplex LC - OM3 - +60°C 0.8 dB
RS Stock No. 123-5725
BrandRS PRO
kr 9 353,75
1 Reel of 250 Metre(s)
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250m Multi Mode Unterminated - 8.5mm 12 Black Duplex - - OM3 - - -
RS Stock No. 536-8238
BrandRS PRO
kr 178,01
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5m Single Mode Terminated ST 9/125µm - Yellow Duplex SC - OS1 - - 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 121-3943
BrandRS PRO
kr 38,26
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1m Single Mode Terminated Unterminated 900µm - - Simplex ST - OS1, OS2 - +60°C -
RS Stock No. 135-660
BrandRS PRO
kr 225,71
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5m Single Mode Terminated LC 9/125µm - Yellow Duplex LC - OS1 - +85°C 0.38 dB
RS Stock No. 290-8861
BrandRS PRO
kr 9 290,59
1 Reel of 500 Metre(s)
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500m Multi Mode Unterminated - 0.0625mm 4 Black - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 135-632
BrandRS PRO
kr 140,65
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1m Single Mode Terminated LC 9/125µm - Yellow Duplex SC - OS1 - +85°C 0.38 dB
RS Stock No. 536-6434
BrandRS PRO
kr 180,37
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1m Multi Mode Terminated ST 50/125µm - Purple Duplex SC - OM3 - - 0.3 dB
RS Stock No. 738-8492
BrandRS PRO
kr 797,53
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20m Multi Mode Terminated ST 62.5/125µm - Orange Duplex ST - OM1 - +60°C 0.8 dB