What is Fiber Drop Cable?

What is Fiber Drop Cable?

Fiber drop cable is a key part of the FTTH network. Not only it forms the final external link between the user and the feeder cable, but also it makes the fiber much closer to users. There are some affects such as network reliability, operational flexibility and the cost of FTTH deployment, so it is very essential to choose the correct fiber drop cable. Although there are many different types of fiber drop cables in the market, but flat drop cables, figure-eight drop cables, and round drop cables are still the three most popular fiber optic drop cables.

Flat Type Drop Cable

Flat type drop cable has a flat appearance and is usually composed of a polyethylene sheath, multiple fibers and two insulating strength components to provide high compression resistance. Fiber drop cable usually contains one or two optical fibers before, but now it can contain up to 12 or more fibers.

Flat Drop Cable with 2 Fibers

Figure-8 Drop Cable

Figure-8 drop cable has a central tube cable fixed to a steel wire; it is supposed to combine the installation of the messenger wire and optical cable into a single process. Figure-8 drop cable is a self-supporting cable, and is designed to use in outdoor aerial applications. Figure-8 drop cable usually contains 2 to 48 fibers.

Round Drop Cable

Round drop cable usually contains a single bend-insensitive optical fiber, which is buffered and surrounded by an insulating strength member and an outer jacket. It can provide durability and reliability at the drop section of the network.


With the development of telecommunication, FTTH is becoming more and more essential to the world. Fiber optic drop cable is widely used in FTTH access network. Flat drop cables, figure-eight drop cables, and round drop cables are still the three most popular fiber optic drop cables. You can choose widely between them.


Baudcom offers all types of Drop Cables. For more information, please visit Baudcom

Post time:2023-07-17


Lomoveishiy – Finland

I needed those to connect my PC on the third floor to have internet access in that room, and ISP installed their modem on the first floor only. After dropping fiber patch cables, plugged in all cables into these media converters at both sides, and link came up instantly. Was much easier than I thought!

Raymond – USA

Great experience – units worked straight out of the box – just needed plug in cables and we were done. I also like the possibility to enable jumbo frames, while we do not have a need for this feature at the current moment it’s great to have this option.

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