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Guide to Fiber Optic Pigtails

Pigtails are fiber optic cables which are only terminated on one end. The other end is open fiber, which can then be spliced into a network by mechanical or fusion splicing. Fiber optic pigtails are most often used in that “last mile” of fiber to connect end users with the pre-existing underground and aerial fiber networks. Notably, all different types of fiber – indoor, outdoor, single mode and multimode configurations – can be produced as pigtails.

While you can terminate fiber in the field, it turns out that factory-attached connectors and purchased pigtails are typically superior for a couple of key reasons. Field terminations and unicam-style connectors are generally lower-quality solutions and can create network performance issues over time, due to their lower optical standards. Fractures and minor flaws in the fiber connector obstruct optical signals and compromise user experience. Splice-on connector solutions are also available, but are typically 2x more expensive than a classic splice in pigtail option, making them unsustainable to use in volume.  Utilizing Megladon’s manufactured and factory-tested pigtails will save your technicians’ time and increase the quality and performance on all your installation jobs.

Delve into this exciting video to discover more about fiber optic pigtails and their production at Megladon.


Additionally, Megladon’s online Custom Configuration Tool allows you to select your fiber and connector type (LC, SC, ST) so you can instantly see an accurate price quote on the exact length and specifications you need.

If you have any additional questions about pigtails or about fiber optics technology, our team of experts is ready to help. Click here to contact us today.

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A global industry leader in fiber optics and your premier partner for fiber optic connectivity, Megladon has spent over a decade developing fiber optic technology and perfecting the HLC interconnect. Our patented technology and process results in a reference grade interconnect that is reliable, rugged, repeatable and provides maximum performance. With millions of our products deployed worldwide, our fiber optic technology has been proven time and again to solve many of the problems encountered in network deployment and maintenance. We have also been able to use HLC as the foundation piece to develop unique and passive fiber optic solutions for our customers.