Fibre Optic data cabling uses photons (units of light) to transmit data as opposed to electrical pulses. As a result, high speed and reduced data loss can be achieved over greater distances than with copper cable. There are two basic types of fibre optic – Single and Multimode. Single Mode is used when even greater distances are necessary – for example when connecting to the much-loved speed cameras that are a feature of our motorways or for WAN connections (eg by ISPs).
DataCat focus on Multimode fibre optic cabling which is more commonly used for vertical (backbone) cabling in single-site business, education and administration environments. Fibre optic cabling can seem very confusing, not least because a number of different standards of cable and connections have evolved over time.