Talk:Single-mode optical fiber

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Dated statement[edit]

"Currently, data rates of up to 10 Gigabits/second are possible at distances of over 60 km with commercially available transceivers"

Surely, we can do better than that? That's the capacity of a single OC-192, and my understanding is that many OC-192s can be run over a single fiber at different wavelengths. From the article on DWDM:

"The first WDM systems combined two signals and appeared around 1985. Modern systems can handle up to 160 signals and can expand a basic 10 Gbit/s fibre system to a theoretical total capacity of over 1.6 Tbit/s over a single fiber pair."

--Jsnow 23:23, 23 August 2005 (UTC)

I have marked this with {{asof}}. ~KvnG 20:35, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

Discussion of Connectors[edit]

Why does this article spend a lot of time giving information on connectors which is not specific to single-mode fibers? Perhaps these portions should be moved to the optical fiber article.- Winston Spencer (talk) 03:01, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

I agree with Winston Spencer, that the Connector subchapter (, and the Optical Switch subchapter)should not be covered in the single-mode optical fiber article. Connectors are already described in the Optical fiber connector article. Sooner or later I will replace the subchapter by a link in the See also section Michilans (talk) 11:05, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Merely providing a link to the the Optical fiber connector article would not be sufficient. What about actually covering the specific connector types (, and the issues associated with them), that are specific to single-mode fibers? Finding out this information is the reason I ended up at this article in the first place. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:306:3ABB:2B0:BEAE:C5FF:FE34:5910 (talk) 05:15, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Apparent focus on TeleCom operator view only[edit]

As currently written, the article sounds like it is written entirely from the viewpoint, needs and standards of (US) telecom operators such as AT&T. Terminology, naming and even standards may be different in other relevant industries, such as the computer industry and the medical/photographic industry. Terms such as "outside plant", "customer premises" and references to Telcordia standards all seem to be from a Telecom viewpoint.

It may be a good idea to also describe this type of fiber-optic cabling as it is used outside telecom companies, e.g. for cabling in large computer installations. (talk) 02:13, 4 July 2012 (UTC)


The history of single mode fiber should focus on Charles K. Kao who did his main work in the 1960s but is not currently mentioned. Instead the page states that "Huang Hongjia ...led a research team that successfully developed Single-mode optical fiber in 1980." GavinMorley (talk) 12:35, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Modal dispersion[edit]

I added a citation needed after "...single mode fibers do exhibit modal dispersion...". My understanding is that in single mode fiber, having a core diameter of only about eight times the wavelength of light used in the fiber, the light energy travels as an electromagnetic interaction between the core and cladding. The core is indeed a waveguide and there is only a single mode. Rsduhamel (talk) 21:16, 4 June 2014 (UTC)