The demand for technology is every environment is ever increasing. As we continue to challenge the norm and branch into areas of the world that were once remote, there comes a need for solutions for every setting. In the middle of the ocean or in the remotes parts of the desert, data still needs to be transported in a secure, efficient and productive manner. And one of the best ways to do this is through fibre optics. However, unlike traditional products, there needs to be additional considerations taken into account when designing for harsh environments.


When we mention harsh environments, we aren’t necessarily referring to high-traffic businesses. Rather, we mean locations where cables and electrical wiring comes under intense pressure. This could be where used externally and submitted to our varying weather conditions here in the UK. On the other end of the spectrum, it refers to settings like ocean-based oil rigs or through some application within the UK Ministry of Defence.


While being the ever-popular option of choice for home and business owners, fibre optics offers a host of benefits in harsh environments. Think of an oil rig in the middle of the sea. The demands here are extreme but so is the need for information to be sent back to the mainland quickly. In this environment and many others like it, there is a need to avoid EMI (electromagnetic interference). You’ll need to consider the surrounding environment and whether it is regularly submitted to high voltages or machinery that makes use of various frequencies. All of these factors can impact the success of traditional copper cables. Not fibre optics though – this non-conductive wiring is non-flammable and considerably safer than traditional options.


Many fibre optic cables are manufactured from polyurethane. On its own, this provides a whole host of benefits suited to harsh environments. These include:

  • The ability to protect the inner wires from abrasion
  • Chemical-resistance
  • Offering protection from sunlight
  • Minimising the impact of liquid damage
  • Offered in a range of colours to help with identification.

If you require fibre optic cablespatch leadspanelspigtailsadaptors or wall boxes for specific applications, we can help. RCL has over 15 years experience in the design, manufacture and distribution of quality data network products. Get in contact with the team here for more information.