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Installing & Testing Fibre Optic Networks

A lightning fast network that’s up to today’s challenges

In today’s world, we consume more digital media than ever before – and, as a result, use more bandwidth. Expectations for wireless networks have never been so high. Fibre is the new standard, as it offers the power, capacity and speed needed to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of network consumers.

Fibre optic networks can vary in both form and type. Luckily, the team here a Blue Network are experienced in the installation, testing, maintenance and termination or fibre optic networks. Here are just a few examples of the varieties we work with:

  • MM – Multi-mode Optical Fibre – 50/125, 62.5/125 – multi-mode optical fibre is typically used for transmitting data across short distances. We can install both 50/125 and 62.5/125 multi-mode optical fibre.
  • SMSingle-mode Optical Fibre 9/125 – single-mode optical fibre has a smaller light carrying core than multi-mode optical fibre, and has a higher transmission rate, eliminating distortion. We can install 9/125 single-mode optical fibre.
  • Pre-terminated Fibre Solutions – we can install pre-terminated fibre solutions. When you opt for cables which are pre-terminated, they are easier to install and link to other fibres and provide an alternative to having engineers splice your cables on-site.
  • Blown fibre – this type of fibre optic network uses glass cables. These cables have been “blown” through a ducting pipe using compressed air for a quick and cost-effective installation.

Maintaining peak performance for your fibre optic network

To ensure that your network is operating at peak efficiency, we also offer regular testing. Here are some of the tests we can carry out:

  • OTDR – we use an OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) in order to measure the integrity and quality of all fibre optic cables. The kind of things we look for (and which can affect the performance of your network) are splice loss and faults. An OTDR can also be used to create an overall picture of your cables and verify their length.
  • ILM – ILM (Insertion Loss Measurement) is another common testing technique. It’s used to ascertain loss (the difference between input and output) using both an optical power meter and a light source.
  • ORL – ORL (Optical Return Loss) testing is used to find faults in longer than average cables. The term ORL combines backscatter from the fibre with the reflectance from splices or connectors, which can affect performance.
  • CD – CD (Chromatic Dispersion) refers to when various colours disperse in a light stream and arrive at differing times to their destination. This results in errors and sometimes data loss. We can test effectively for CD.
  • PMD – PMD (Polarization Mode Dispersion) occurs when different components of polarised light travel at varying speeds, sometimes caused by stress on the fibre. The team at Blue Network can test for and repair these problems.

A reliable and efficient installation and testing service

We want to get your business back up and running with the minimum amount of downtime, so we use the latest and most powerful equipment for both our installations and testing services.

In the past, we’ve carried out both indoor and outdoor projects, such as applications for the public highway and subsea cable testing for some of Europe’s predominant carriers. Whatever the size of scope of your project, talk to our knowledgeable team to find out more.


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Fibre Optic Networks

To speak to a member of the team please contact us for further details on 0845 434 7422 or email

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