Sr no Single Mode FO Cable Multimode FO Cable
1 Light Carrying core is smaller in diameter , typically between 8.3 to 10 Micrometre Light Carrying core is larger in diameter , typically between 50 to 100 Micrometre
2 only one mode will propagate typically 1310 or 1550nm Light waves are dispersed into numerous paths, or modes, typically 850 or 1300nm
3 Gives highest transmission speed & less signal distortion Multimode fibre gives you high bandwidth at high speeds over short distances
4 Due to high cost of transceiver, single mode FO cable is far more expensive than multimode FO cable Multimode FO cables are relative cheaper
5 Suitable for long distance application Can be used for short/medium distance application
6 It uses laser diode based fibre optic transmission equipment which is main reason for high cost It uses LED based fibre optic equipment
7 Maximum length varies from 5 km to 40 km based on bandwidth It is recommended for Fibber run less than 400 m
8 Govern by ITU G.652 standard Govern by ITU G.651 standard