Fibre optic patch cords, also called fibre optic patch cables or fibre jumper cables, consist of an optical cable terminated with a connector at each end. The main applications are fibre optic patch panels or optical cross connect. This type of cable is for indoor use only and it is used to connect switches routers and optical transmission equipment.

You can use the following checklist to help determine exactly which type of fibre optic patch cord is right for your needs. For more assistance, please contact our experts at or call +44 (0)1291 623 813.


Fibre Optic Patch Cords Checklist

Connector Types

Connector types available include LC, FC, SC and ST as well as MPO (multi–fibre push on), brand name of the same is MPT. Note that these can also be a hybrid and so LC/SC, meaning LC at one end and SC at the other.


Interface Type

UPC (Physical Contact) and APC (Angled Physical contact) interface types are available. The main difference between the two is that at the point at which the input and output fibre meet to form a connection. In the case of APC, the fibre is cut across at an angle.


Number of Cores

Simplex and duplex are available.  Simplex means one fibre, one connector each end. Duplex means two fibres, two connectors each end.


Fibre Diameter

Usually 2mm or 3mm. The fibre inside is the same but the outer jacket is thicker and therefore more robust.


Fibre Type

Single mode fibre, multi mode fibre or OM3.

  • Single mode fibre has a yellow jacket and is for long distances
  • Multi mode fibre has an orange jacket and is for short distances
  • OM3 is high speed multi mode for 40G and 100G and so is for short distance in the data centre and it has an aqua coloured jacket


Patch Cord Lengths

Any lengths are available but typical ones are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,10,15 and 20M.