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Counterpoint: Why is multimode fiber cable used more than single mode fiber cable?

Why is multimode fiber cable used more than single mode fiber cable? Where should we use single mode?

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Typically, the multimode fiber cable is much less expensive than the single mode. You might not need the extra distance supported or the data rate offered, so the multimode cable is fine for many applications. The single mode cable costs more to produce but has the characteristics of limiting modal dispersion, which accounts for longer distance and higher data rate. Some applications need that.

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This was first published in August 2004

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