Fibre Optic

Varciti offers fibre optic network cabling as one of its network infrastructure options.  


Fibre optic cabling installations offer many advantages over those using traditional copper cables, so should be considered when you are planning a new network cable installation or an upgrade. 



Fibre optic cables have a core that carries light to transmit data. This allows them to carry signals at speeds that are only about 30 percent slower than the speed of light, much faster than copper cables.  


There is also less signal degradation with fibre cables. If your business depends on efficient handling of high quantities of data, such as financial transactions, large backups or multimedia content, upgrading your core network to fibre optic technology can dramatically increase the speed and efficiency of your day-to-day operations, with far less maintenance and additional equipment than traditional copper infrastructure. 


Fibre optic cable installations can carry signals much further than copper cables, although the actual distance depends on the type of cable, the wavelength and the network. In some cases, you can send data up to 40 kilometres without any degradation. 


Traditional copper cables were originally designed for voice transmission and have a limited bandwidth. Fibre optic cables provide more bandwidth, allowing them to carry more data than copper cables of the same diameter. Single-mode fibre delivers up to twice the throughput of multi-mode fibre. 


Fibre cables are immune to temperature changes, weather conditions and moisture, all of which can hamper the connectivity of copper cables. In addition, fibre does not carry electric current, so it is not affected by electromagnetic interference that can interrupt data transmission, and it does not present a fire hazard, which worn copper cables can. 


Compared to copper cables, fibre optic cables are thinner and lighter in weight, can withstand more pull pressure and are less prone to damage and breakage. 


Although fibre optic cables may have a higher initial cost than copper, the durability and reliability of fibre can make the total cost of ownership lower. In addition, fibre optic installations are cheaper to maintain, more durable and require less hardware. 


It is important that you choose the right kind of fibre optic network cabling for your business and the environment that you operate in. You must consider the distance the cables will cover, the environment that they will be in and whether the hardware you are working with can support the cables. It is also important to consider the skills of your IT team, and whether they will be able to maintain the network effectively. 



Blown fibre installation involves using compressed air to ease the fibre through the ducts. This is an efficient way of installing cables in hard-to-reach places. Our team also has many years of experience with fibre optic fusion splicing and with OTDR testing. 

OTDR tests can be thought of as being RADAR tests for fibre optic cables. These tests can be used to identify fusion splices and mechanical splices in your cables and to troubleshoot problems with your cable installations. OTRD testing is designed to identify issues on very long cables but is likely to show ghosts and other errors on networks which cover shorter distances. 


If you would like to know more about the services that we offer, or would like some advice about the kinds of network cable that would be best for your office or network, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team. At Varciti we work with businesses of all sizes, and we would be happy to help you find a scalable and practical solution for your IT and telecommunications needs.