For over ten years, Connectix has been at the forefront of providing fibre optic solutions to the communications market. Having one of the largest termination facilities in the UK, fibre has always been a core part of Connectix.
The Optix range of fibre products has developed into one of the most comprehensive and widely respected fibre solutions available.
The first steps towards using fibre optics as a form of communication stretch back to the 1960's when lasers were introduced as a source of coherent light. Interest in the use of light as a carrier for information grew significantly from then on.
At first the transmission distances were very limited, but as manufacturing techniques became more advanced and very pure glass arrived in the 1970's, it became feasible to use optical fibres as a practical transmission medium.
Around this time semi conductor light source and detector development meant that by 1980 world wide installation of optical fibre communication systems had been achieved.
Fibre optic technology is a cutting edge method of transmitting information over great distances using pulse lights. Fibre optic cabling is currently the best long distance communications method because it provides much faster data transfer speeds when compared to traditional interconnection media such as copper cable.
The signal cannot be interrupted by external influences, for example: electricity, rain or humidity. These are all factors that tend to damage conventional copper wire signals, which is why fibre optic cable is the ideal solution in volatile conditions. Optical fibre is also lightweight compared with copper.
Optical fibres will carry signals with much less energy loss than their copper counterparts and at a much higher bandwidth. Bandwidth equates to data carrying capacity, therefore more channels of information can be carried over longer distances with fewer repeaters.
Size & Weight
Optical fibres are much thinner and lighter than copper cables; this means there is less space required in ducting and trunking when installing a system.
Optical fibres are almost impossible to tap into without detection, making it an ideal medium for banks and other information sensitive environments. They are immune from radio signals, ignition systems, lightning etc; so they can be safely routed through explosive or flammable atmospheres and potentially hazardous sites.
"The technologies are based around a low cost VCSEL working at 850nm, a telecommunication grade singlemode fibre system or a very sophisticated wavelength division multiplexing system. So with a number of technologies available that have very different cabling requirements it takes some careful thought to pick the best economic fit to best suit the customer..."