Multimode or Single-Mode Fiber? Published by OFS, January 2017
Cloud computing and web services continue to drive increased bandwidth demand, pushing data communications rates form 1 and 10G to 40 and 100G and beyond in enterprise and data center networks. These higher speeds might lead system designers to believe that single-mode optical fiber enjoys an increasing advantage over multimode optical fiber in premises applications. However, higher Ethernet speeds do not automatically mean that single-mode fiber is the best choice. This White Paper explores the trade offs between deploying single-mode and multimode fibers.