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The differences between optical fiber and fiber optic cable

Some people are confused with optical fiber and fiber optic cable. Now let’s talk about how to differentiate the two products.


Optical fiber is a type of medium which transmits light beam, it is small and flexible. Optical fiber is the core in the optical cable which is used for transmission.


Fiber optic cable is made up of fiber core, optical layer and external protective jacket. Fiber optic cable is commonly pointed to finished cable that has external protective jacket.


So the difference between optical fiber and fiber optic cable is whether there is protective jacket. However, in reality, the optical fiber jumper wires which have connectors in the two ends of optical cable are also called optical fiber.

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