Does cold weather affect fiber optic cable?

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asked Jan 14, 2019 in Engineering by MicheHaag (220 points)
Does cold weather affect fiber optic cable?

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answered Jan 16, 2019 by Alvarazi89s (320 points)
Yes Freezing cold weather can affect the Fiber Optic Cable and could potentially cause the strands of Fiber Optic Cable to break due to the bending and flexing of the Fiber Optic Cable during freezing and thawing.

Fiber optic cables are susceptible to freezing in a way that traditional copper cables are not; fiber optic strands may be bent by the tremendous forces that occur when water crystallizes into ice.

So yes if the Fiber Optic Cable Freezes due to extreme cold temperatures and flexes or the ground happens to move during the cold weather then yes the Fiber Optic Cable strands could break causing an internet outage or anything else that is connected by Fiber Optic Cable.

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