Fibre Optic technology has been one of the greatest precursors to the future we have ever embraced. Datatel Electrical & Communications proudly install, maintain, and repair fibre optics cabling [link to new section above] and systems for our clients. Sometimes, however, fibre optic cable can be cut or damaged by accident, usually when digging occurs in close proximity — but damage can also happen when fibre optic systems are being installed or upgraded. In these cases, qualified technicians will conduct repairs by splicing, testing and commissioning transmission networks.


Fibre optic splicing is also used to join two fibre optic cables together — for example, when the available pre-terminated cable is not long enough — and in Local Area Networks (LAN‘s) and networking requirements. Since fibre optic lines are easy to damage, and fibre optic splicing is a precise and specialised methodology, you really should leave the splicing to qualified experts, like the accredited technicians at Datatel.


The two most common types of fibre splicing are mechanical and fusion.

  • Mechanical splices are often used when you have to splice quickly or don‘t have the budget for the expensive equipment you need for fusion splices. Mechanical splices are also less permanent than fusion splices. These are generally used for ‘break fix’ maintenance requirements.
  • Fusion splices are the most reliable and permanent way to join fibres — by melting the ends together — but also one of the more expensive methods. Fusion splicing is usually done to repair broken fibre links, but also to create links within the LAN or data centre. Fusion splices also exhibit less than 0.1 dB insertion/light loss while mechanical splices usually have a loss of 0.2 dB or higher. Mechanical splicing exhibits a light loss of around 10 per cent.


Since fibre optic cables tend to be made in lengths up to 5 km — and many projects require 10 km lengths, it makes sense to splice and fuse two 5 km lengths together. While it ostensibly takes more time to do fusion splicing compared to using pre-terminated cables, you have to take into account the fact that pre-terminated cables need to have the links‘ lengths predetermined — or made to order.


If you factor in the pre-determination time, sometimes it turns out that using fusion splices ends up being the faster option. Plus, if those cables are too short, this may cause downtime as replacement cables are located. Meanwhile, cables that are too long end up needing storage and a way to manage slack.


Datatel boasts one of the largest and extensive ranges of Fibre Splicing and Testing Equipment in the nation. There is a not a Fibre job in the Country Datatel does not have the equipment to complete end to end, including DWDM systems. Our numerous Fibre Splicing Technicians allow us the flexibility to not only complete fibre splicing and testing within buildings but also on the street, on mine sites and in hard to get to locations.

Whether you are having a brand new telecommunications system installed or fixing an existing one, you can trust the professionals at Datatel to pick the best approach and strategy with respect to fibre optic cable. We will also conduct tests to make sure everything works optimally and will provide you with the results and appropriate certificates of compliance.


Call us today and find out how you can benefit from one-stop shopping at Datatel in relation to installing, maintaining, testing, and repairing fibre optic cable.


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