Fibre Optic Cables are used commonly for their reliability and speed of transmitting data communications. This means that a lot of critical information passes through Fibre Optic Cables every minute, so faulty or broken fibre cables can cause major disruption and needs to be fixed immediately.
There are numerous causes that result in fibre cables being damaged from construction activities involving excavation, simple termination failures or rodent damage. So, can fibre optic cables be repaired and what is involved? The simple answer is yes but it requires the services of a fibre cabling specialist like Project Skills Solutions.
Fibre Optic Cable Repair
The first step is to locate the fibre optic cable fault which in many cases is visible due to it being damaged by construction works. When the cause is not known then the fibre engineer will test the cable with an OTDR. This specialist Fibre Optic tester will test the cable and show the distance between the OTDR and the cable fault. This allows the fault’s location to be found, the cause investigated, and a repair method considered.
Repairing a damaged fibre optic cable is not the same as a copper cable as it requires specialist fibre optic fusion splice equipment. The problem will be compounded as the damage in most cases will have shortened the existing cable.
The method of fibre optic cable repair will vary requiring a termination method suitable for the cable’s environment. Our fibre engineers will attend fully equipped with specialist equipment and years of fibre cabling experience to carry out the most effective repair to get the fibre cable functioning again. If the worst happens and the fibre optic cable repair is severally damaged and a repair is not possible then we can provide a new fibre optic cable installation option.
In order for us to get you up and running as quickly as possible if you experience a damaged fibre optic cable contact us with the following information to get a quote and fibre repair arranged.
If your Fibre Optic Cabling network has been damaged and you need a fibre optic cable repair, give us a call on 0800 0213 264. Alternatively, you can use the webchat or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.
If you need an estimate of the repair costs, we will need to know.
- The fibre cable mode and the number of fibres (this can be read off the cable’s jacket usually, i.e. OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, OS2.)
- The type of damage involved, and photos will allow us to evaluate the best fibre repair solution.
- If the fibre cable repair location is to take place along with any site restrictions, i.e. induction required, Working at Height, etc.
Call us with the above information, and we should be able to give you an estimate.
We also offer to carry out testing for your Fibre Optic Cables, to read more about this visit our Fibre Optic Testing page.