Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The industry produces various types of fibre-optic cables, including single-mode optical cables, multi-mode optical cables and plastic optical fibre cables. International trade has a significant influence on the performance of the industry, with imports satisfying over 45% of domestic demand and exports accounting for approximately one-third of industry revenue.
Industry revenue is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.8% over the five years through 2016-17, supported by heavy investment in superfast broadband networks by telecommunications companies. Investments made by the government have also supported growth. Meanwhile, demand from other downstream industries, such as TV broadcasters, has broadly improved over the past five years, further supporting growth... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Optical fibres are strands of optically pure glass as thin as a human hair. These glass fibres can carry digital information over long distances. Optical fibre carries much more information than conventional copper wire and is generally not subject to electromagnetic interference, meaning the signal does not need to be retransmitted.
Fibre-optic cable contains one or more fibre-optic fibres. Each fibre in the cable usually has multiple protective and strengthening layers made of materials like rubber, plastic and Kevlar. These fibres are then inserted into a protective tube. For example, copper tubing may be used to protect cables in underwater environments. The three types of fibre-optic cables commonly used are single-mode, multi-mode and plastic.
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