Fibre Optic Cable

Eland Cables supplies a comprehensive range of fibre optic cables, manufactured in accordance with a number of international standards including IEC 60332-1, and covering a wide range of applications for both indoor and outdoor installations.

Fibre optic cables consist of glass threads, each capable of transmitting digital data modulated into light waves. They effectively send information coded in a beam of light through a glass or plastic pipe. A key advantage of fibre optic cables over metal conductor cables is their superior performance in terms of bandwidth and therefore data carrying performance. Optical fibre cables are generally lighter and less susceptible to electromagnetic interference, however optical fibre tends to be more fragile than cables with a metal conductor.

Applications for fibre optic cables range from carrying telephone calls (up to several million calls per cable) to high speed data transfer for vast computer networks.

Optical Fibre and Fibre cable selection

The type of optical fibre is dictated by the application,the distance which the signals are required to travel, and the speed of transmission. The cable construction is then chosen according to the installation's environmental requirements which can range from indoors within a dry wall in a public area requiring low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) materials, to outdoor trackside by a railway network. For mission-critical applications, all of our fibre optic cables are also available in fire resistant (IEC 60331) versions on request.

Eland Cables has extensive experience in the specification of fibre optic cables. Our technical engineers also work with customers, including Network Rail in the United Kingdom, in order to develop new cable constructions for optimal performance, such as the fibre trackside cable. Please contact us to discuss your application and specific project requirements.

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Optical Fibre Types - singlemode / multimode

Single-mode optical fibre This is the simplest form of fibre optic cable in which all signals travel down the middle of the fibre without reflection. Single-mode optical fibre is suitable for data transmission over long distances (>100km) and it tends to be used for cable TV, internet, and telephone signals. Single-mode fibres have a very thin core of c.8-10 microns and are layed up together into bundles.
Multi-mode optical fibre Multi-mode optical fibres are about 10 times bigger than single-mode fibres, which allows light beams to travel following a variety of paths (or multiple modes). These are suitable for data transmission over relatively short distances (maximum 2km) and tend to be used in computer networks.

Optical fibres are classified according to their modal type and transmission speeds:

OM1 Multimode 62.5/125
OM2 Multimode 50/125 1 Gigabit
OM3 Multimode 50/125 10-Gigabit
OM4 Multimode 50/125 40-Gigabit
OS2 Singlemode 9/125 (also known as 8/125 and 10/125)

Available standard fibre optic cable construction types:

LTU Loose tube unarmoured optical fibre cable
LTT Loose tube steel tape armoured optical fibre cable
LTW Loose tube steel wire armoured optical fibre cable
TBU Tight buffered unarmoured optical fibre cable
MTU Multi-loose tube unarmoured optical fibre cable
MTT Multi-loose tube steel tape armoured optical fibre cable
MTW Multi-loose tube steel wire armoured optical fibre cable

Fire resistant (IEC 60331) designs for all cable construction types are available on request. 

Speak to our technical experts in The Cable Lab for more information on fibre optic cables and your specific installation requirements.

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FIBRES

Up to 24 individual coloured fibres type OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, OS2

250um, 900µm fibre type OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, OS2

TUBE

Gel filled PBT loose tube with optical fibres

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SEPARATOR

Water-blocking E-glass yarn

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RIP CORD

Rip Cord

TIGHT BUFFERED COATING

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STRENGTH MEMBERS

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WATER-BLOCKING

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ARMOUR

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Corrugated steel tape armour

SWA (Galvanised Steel Wire)

OUTER SHEATH

LSZH-FR (Low Smoke Zero Halogen, Fire Retardant) UV Stable

LSZH (Low Smoke Halogen Free) UV Stable

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Product name Part No Strands Type Sheath colour Length (m)  
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB012OM1LTULBK 12 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB012OM2LTULBK 12 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB012OM3LTULBK 12 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB012OM4LTULBK 12 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB012OS2LTULBK 12 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB016OM1LTULBK 16 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB016OM2LTULBK 16 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB016OM3LTULBK 16 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB016OM4LTULBK 16 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB016OS2LTULBK 16 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB024OM1LTULBK 24 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB024OM2LTULBK 24 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB024OM3LTULBK 24 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB024OM4LTULBK 24 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB024OS2LTULBK 24 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB004OM1LTULBK 4 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB004OM2LTULBK 4 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB004OM3LTULBK 4 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB004OM4LTULBK 4 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB004OS2LTULBK 4 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB008OM1LTULBK 8 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB008OM2LTULBK 8 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB008OM3LTULBK 8 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB008OM4LTULBK 8 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable (max 24F) FIB008OS2LTULBK 8 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM1LTTLBK 4 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM1LTTLBK 8 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM1LTTLBK 12 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM1LTTLBK 16 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM1LTTLBK 24 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM2LTTLBK 4 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM2LTTLBK 8 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM2LTTLBK 12 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM2LTTLBK 16 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM2LTTLBK 24 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM3LTTLBK 4 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM3LTTLBK 8 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM3LTTLBK 12 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM3LTTLBK 16 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM3LTTLBK 24 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM4LTTLBK 4 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM4LTTLBK 8 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM4LTTLBK 12 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM4LTTLBK 16 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM4LTTLBK 24 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OS2LTTLBK 4 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OS2LTTLBK 8 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OS2LTTLBK 12 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OS2LTTLUK 16 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Tape Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OS2LTTLBK 24 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM1LTWLBK 4 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM1LTWLBK 8 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM1LTWLBK 12 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM1LTWLBK 16 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM1LTWLBK 24 OM1 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM2LTWLBK 4 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM2LTWLBK 8 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM2LTWLBK 12 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM2LTWLBK 16 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM2LTWLBK 24 OM2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM3LTWLBK 4 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM3LTWLBK 8 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM3LTWLBK 12 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM3LTWLBK 16 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM3LTWLBK 24 OM3 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM4LTWLBK 4 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM4LTWLBK 8 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM4LTWLBK 12 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM4LTWLBK 16 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM4LTWLBK 24 OM4 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OS2LTWLBK 4 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OS2LTWLBK 8 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OS2LTWLBK 12 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OS2LTWLBK 16 OS2 Black
Loose Tube Steel Wire Armoured Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OS2LTWLBK 24 OS2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM1TBULBK 4 OM1 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM1TBULBK 8 OM1 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM1TBULBK 12 OM1 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM1TBULBK 16 OM1 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM1TBULBK 24 OM1 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM2TBULBK 4 OM2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM2TBULBK 8 OM2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM2TBULBK 16 OM2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM2TBULBK 12 OM2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM2TBULBK 24 OM2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM3TBULBK 4 OM3 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM3TBULBK 8 OM3 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM3TBULBK 12 OM3 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM3TBULBK 16 OM3 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM3TBULBK 24 OM3 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OM4TBULBK 4 OM4 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OM4TBULBK 8 OM4 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OM4TBULBK 12 OM4 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OM4TBULBK 16 OM4 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OM4TBULBK 24 OM4 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB004OS2TBULBK 4 OS2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB008OS2TBULBK 8 OS2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB012OS2TBULBK 12 OS2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB016OS2TBULBK 16 OS2 Black
Tight Buffered Internal/External Fibre Optic Cable FIB024OS2TBULBK 24 OS2 Black