The introduction of 200µm coated fibers in the market has introduced a paradigm shift in cable and splicing technology. These smaller fibers are readily found in loose fiber cables, and compared to a standard 250µm loose fiber cables, the positives are unmet by any significant negatives from the customer’s viewpoint. The only real disadvantage is that currently most 200µm fiber applications can only be spliced one fiber at a time. The reason for single fiber splicing is, that when looking at the fiber, the difference is minute. The untouched fiber has shrunk by 50µm, and when the coating is stripped away, it is still 125µm glass.
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