Making high-speed internet a reality
Optical fiber coatings applied to an optical fiber are a critical (yet often overlooked) component of today’s high-speed fiber networks – ensuring the high performance and longevity needed to last for 20-30 years. In fact, there would be no high-speed Internet today without a high-performance fiber coating systems on an optical fiber – and more than 50% of these coating are produced by DSM.
Three key functions of fiber coatings
DSM optical fiber coatings are applied to an optical fiber as a protective coating, delivering three key benefits.
Protecting very delicate strands of glass fiber (about the size of a human hair).
Allowing fiber to withstand the rigors of deployment in the field.
Minimizing signal interruption and distortion.
Optical fiber: thin as a human hair
“Fiber optics (or optical fiber) is the technology associated with the transmission of information as light pulses along a glass or plastic strand or fiber. So how does it work?”
“A fiber optic cable can contain anywhere from a few to several hundred glass fibers, surrounded by another glass layer called cladding. This in turn is surrounded by another layer known as a buffer tube; with a jacket layer acting as the final protective layer for the individual strand.”
“Fiber optics transmit data in the form of light particles - or photons - that pulse through a fiber optic cable. The glass fiber core and the cladding each have a different refractive index that bends incoming light at a certain angle. When light signals are sent through the fiber optic cable, they reflect off the glass fiber core and cladding in a series of zig-zag bounces, via a process called total internal reflection.”
UV-curable coatings for Telecoms
Whether you’re a cable producer a fiber manufacturer, a network owner or a consumer, our UV-curable coatings for fiber optic telecommunications offer you proven benefits.