Single-mode fibre optic cabling is suitable for long distance installations as there is only one path which light can travel through. The single path improves data transfer by reducing the risk of data degradation over distances. Though the bandwidth is limited when compared to multi-mode installations, these types are fibre optic cables are best suited for greater distance coverage. This installation type is best suited for premises that span wide distances such as public places, universities, data centres, etc.
Multi-mode fibre optic cabling contains multiple pathways for light to travel, thus allow for greater data transmission and bandwidth. This installation type is best suited for location’s that do not require great distance coverage (500 meters +) yet require high bandwidth and speed.