One of the questions I often get from fiber optic cable manufacturers is: “Which specifications do I have to qualify to?” Additionally, I often hear: “Why is it that this particular specification is not good enough? Why can’t one spec fit all?” Unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work in today’s optical cable world.
To understand why the various specs were created, we have to go back to the basics.
In this article, I address the answers to:
- Why were so many different specifications created?
- Cables then and now: Why cables of 10 or 20 years ago needed different specs?
- A global disagreement on safety requirements results in different specifications.
- Evolving optical transmission requirements and optical hardware have impacted specifications.
- Another reason why there are many specifications: Cable is going where no cable has gone before!
- Which market will your cable serve?
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