The Emergence of OM3 Fiber
by Mike Connaughton, RCDD, Fiber Optic Product Business Manager
As can be seen in the table above, by the beginning of 2008, OM1 dropped below 50%. However, it was still twice as popular as the next most common fiber type. But by the middle of that same year, the shipments of OM3 began to accelerate. This trend led to a momentous occurrence by the end of 2009 – OM1 was no longer the most popular fiber type. What was once considered to be a potential distraction had turned into the most popular fiber type within 10 years!