If you are about to choose a fiber optic cable splicing professional for either fiber cable installation or repairs, it is important to know whether they utilize fusion splicing or mechanical splicing. A company that doesn’t do fusion splicing may not be your best option because fusion splicing is superior in many ways. In addition, a company that has invested in the higher upfront cost of the specialized equipment and training needed for fusion fiber optic splicing has demonstrated a desire to offer the best solution for their customers.
It is important to know that mechanical fiber optic cable splicing doesn’t actually join the two fiber optic cables together. Instead, it just holds them together so that light can pass from one to the other. As a result, the insertion loss is far higher than with fusion splicing. You will experience less than 0.1 dB insertion loss with fusion, but a range of 0.2 dB to 0.75 dB with mechanical splicing. This is because fusion splicing provides a continuous connection, avoiding both cable failure and experiencing a weaker signal.
Another consideration to the customer is that the cost per splice is considerably lower with fusion fiber optic cable splicing, so if you have a large-scale project in mind, the quote for the work will generally be lower with a company that uses fusion splicing.
At GP Associates, Inc., we are equipped to handle multi & single mode fusion fiber optic cable splicing not only in the Knightdale, North Carolina area where we are located, but at locations all along the eastern seaboard, as well. Contact us today to discuss your upcoming project and learn about how our more than 33 years of experience and dedication to quality results will make your installation a success.