Fiber Optic Patch Cable for Next-Generation Connectivity

How can we get ultra-fast internet speeds?

According to the publication website ‘Computerworld’; Japanese information and communications technology firm, NTT, is testing 400 Gbps internet speed[1] on a single wavelength. Average internet speed in Japan is now 42.2Mbps and it ranks 3rd in the world as per the ‘Bloomberg Business’ ranking[2]. Hong Kong is leading at 54.1Mbps, followed by South Korea at 48.4Mbps speed. Average internet speed in the USA and Australia is just over 30Mbps. However, the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka, USA provides 10 gigabit per second internet connectivity speed to its 30,000 residents[3].

The most pertinent question is how businesses and homes can receive super-fast internet speeds, while keeping stride with the exponential growth of internet connectivity all over the world. You may wonder, is there a secret? Well, according to experts, the backbone of ‘high speed data transfer’ technology is ‘optical networks’. In 2012, NTT had demonstrated that fiber optic cables can transfer data at the speed of one petabit per second over a distance of 50 Km[4]. Such technological developments are apparently glimpses, which tells us what the future holds. It tells us how much speed each office and household will get in the future with fiber optic patch cables.

What is a Fiber Optic Patch Cable?

A fiber optic patch cable is also known as a ‘fiber optic patch cord’ and also ‘fiber jumper cable’. Both ends of such cables are terminated with fiber optic connectors. Such cables are primarily meant for only indoor applications. They are usually considered a flexible and transparent fiber, which is made of plastic or extruded glass. A patch cable is designed in such a way that the signal never gets attenuated. It connects a fiber optic gadget with another and ensures hassle-free signal transmission across the wires or gadgets. The utilities industry and telecom/broadband companies are major users of fiber optics.

Fiber optic market overview

In the wake of a growing demand for high speed connectivity, a market report[5] released by ‘ReportsnReports’ in September of 2014 forecasts significant growth of the global fiber market at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.1% from 2014 to 2019. It means that the value of the global fiber market by 2019 will be USD $3.0 billion. The report observed that the telecom and broadband segment is growing at a CAGR of 5.9% and apparently it consumes a significant part of total fiber optic production. Another major consumer of fiber optics is the oil and gas industry, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% by 2019. All of this data indicates that growth in the telecom and other industries will eventually boost the market demand for fiber optic cable.

The said market report and uptake or acknowledgment of the fiber optic patch cable proves that it is now the de facto standard in the world of high volume/data exchange.