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Fibre Optic Repair

Fibre Optic Repair

Fibre optic cabling is considered the future of worldwide telecommunications, bringing many advantages to the 24 hour world we live in. And we are going to be hearing a lot more about it; as we will start to rely on fibre optic more and more in our day to day lives, both at home and in the workplace, possibly without really realising it…


Alexander Graham Bell is credited with creating the first useable telephone in 1876 but, to not give credit to the people before him who created the technology would be erroneous of history. But some four years later, Bell created a ‘photophone’, a precursor of sorts to the modern technology we use today in both homes and business, both in terms of the phone, but also in modern-day broadband connections.

The Modern Replacement

Traditional copper cabling only carries a fraction of the data load that fibre optic cables can; fibre optic cabling of the future is expected to carry an eye-watering 350 terabytes per second.
Fibre optic cables, unlike copper wiring, are not electromagnetic hence, the signals they transmit and carry are less susceptible to electromagnetic interference.
We all know how the market for metals in recent years has been buoyant and so copper wiring is slowly increasing in cost but fibre optic cables have, for a long time, also been expensive.
Copper cable are far heavier than fibre optic ones but there may be a weakness here that will need repairing from time to time.
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Complexity of repair

In the past, there has been some criticism related to the perceived complexity of repairing fibre optic cables. But, if you have an emergency repair, the chances are that it can be repaired quickly and with the minimum amount of down time and fuss.

When things Go Wrong

Twisted, damage cables

We have already hinted that when leads or cables are handled ‘roughly’, trapped or twisted, for example, groups of these fine cables can become damaged.

Work carried out on other parts of your network

Including hardware repair or replacement can also impact on the cables, causing them to become stressed or fractured.

Broken or damaged cable further down the system

As the UK braces itself for the roll out and installation of fibre optic cables, we expect to be able to enjoy high-speed surfing

How the Magic Happens

Data is transmitted through fibre optic cables using pulse of light, rather than electric signals as in the case of traditional copper wiring and, to top it all off, fibre optic cables are things of beauty to look at.

Clustered together, these thin glass or plastic fibres look simply magical with pulses of light running through them. Ultra-high speed in their capacity to shift and transmit data, fibre optics will be the buzzword in the UK for many years to come.

Emergency Fibre Optic Repairs

Just like when you smell gas or the lights go out, the provision of the internet within a business or home is considered essential; from being able to make emergency telephone calls to carrying on running your commercial business via broadband, a glitch in the fibre optic cable needs repairing quickly.


Fusion splicing is the technical term to repairing a broken cable, effectively and without the loss of the ability to carry large quantities of data; it will need to be repaired to ‘industry standard’ in order for the bandwidth not to be compromised, so it pays to use a specialist company, with a reputation for high quality service.

But, all this said, fibre optic cables are incredibly reliable and robust, despite their perceived fragility and lightweight.