Chapter 24. Fiber-Optic Cables

So far we have studied the principles and characteristics of individual optical fibers. While they are certainly adequate for the job of carrying signals from one place to another, they are not rugged enough to withstand the rigors of handling, transportation, and installation. In addition, some installations require multiple optical fibers for sending and receiving or for routing to a number of locations.

For an optical fiber to be suitable for everyday use, it must be incorporated into cables that provide standardized fiber groupings, protection from the environment, and suitable size for handling.

In this chapter, we will describe standard and harsh environment fiber-optic cables used in many types of installations. ...

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