The ultimate guide to fibre optic cabling and its installation

31st May 2024

Fibre optic cabling has transformed the way we transmit data. It offers unparalleled speed and reliability. For businesses and homeowners, understanding fibre optic cabling and its installation process can be crucial for boosting productivity. Here, we will demystify fibre optics, explain the advantages, the materials involved, and the step-by-step installation process.

What is fibre optic cabling?

High speed and bandwidth

Fibre optic cables support extremely high data transfers. This often reaches gigabit speeds, which are essential for the modern internet user’s needs, such as streaming, video conferencing and large file transfers.


Fibre optics are less prone to electromagnetic interference (EMI). This ensures a stable and reliable connection, even when surrounded by heavy electronic activity.


Fibre optic cables can travel much longer distances without degradation. They are ideal for more extensive network setups.


Data transmitted via fibre optics is more secure, because intercepting light signals is much more challenging than tapping into electrical signals.


Fibre cables are more durable and resistant to harsh conditions. Some run under the sea, others can withstand high winds and rain.

Materials and components

A typical fibre optic cable consists of several key components.


The core is the central part of the fibre, made of glass or plastic, where the light travels.


Surrounding the core, the cladding reflects light back into the core to minimise signal loss.

Buffer coating

This protective layer shields the core and cladding from moisture and physical damage.

Strength members

Materials like aramid yarn are used to reinforce the cable, providing tensile strength.

Outer jacket

The outermost layer protects the cable from environmental damage.

The installation process

1. Planning and surveying

Before installation behind, we will conduct a thorough site survey. This involves mapping out the route, picking out any potential obstacles, and planning for scalability, should it be needed in the future. Then, we determine the type and quality of cables needed.

2. Obtaining permissions

Sometimes it is necessary to obtain permissions from local authorities. This ensures all works comply with regulations and public infrastructure is not disrupted.

3. Trenching and ducting

For underground installations, we often undertake trenching. This involves digging trenches where ducts can be laid to keep the fibre optic cables stored safely and securely. In some cases, ducts that already exist can be used.

4. Cable laying

Once the ducts are laid, fibre optic cables are carefully pulled through. This process requires precision, as delicate fibres can be easily damaged. There are many ways to ensure this part goes smoothly, including using special lubricants and pulling techniques.

5. Splicing and termination

Splicing is the process of joining two fibre cables together. This can be done two ways: either fusion or mechanical. The former uses an electric arc to fuse fibres, the latter aligns fibres inside a connector. If splicing is done correctly, there will be minimal signal loss.

Termination involves connecting the fibre cables to endpoint devices such as routers, switches, or patch panels.

6. Testing and certification

Once installation is complete, the network must be tested to ensure the network is functioning as it should. We can measure signal loss through a process called attenuation, check for proper splicing and verify data transmission quality. Certification makes sure the installation has met industry standards.

7. Ongoing maintenance

These networks really do require much less maintenance, compared to copper networks. However, regular inspections and testing are recommended to identify any issues. We can help with this once the installation is complete.

An essential step: Choosing the right installation partner

Selecting a reputable company to install these networks is crucial. We have proven experience, industry certifications, and a track record of happy clients.

Fibre optic cabling has unparalleled advantages in speed, reliability, and scalability. Understanding the components, benefits and installation process can help you make informed decisions and ensure a seamless implementation. Whether it’s for a home or business, investing in this technology will future-proof your connectivity needs.

We are able to help with any questions you have regarding fibre optic cabling and its installation and maintenance. Contact us to speak to a member of our team.

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