[LINK] Fibre versus copper: ease of repair.

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Sun Sep 12 13:38:29 EST 2010

This assertion has been made on ozpolitic:
> When a cable with a large number of copper pairs is broken they
> are simply buzzed out with a multimeter & joined used a telephone
> link for communication from the other end.
> It's a lot harder to locate the right optic fiber & join it compared to copper.

Is there any substantial difference between fibre and copper, in 
relation to identifying the appropriate ends to join in a severed cable?

If so, would said difference add substantially to the cost or time 
involved in repairing a breach in cables of equivalent capacity?

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