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Posted by in Industry News, Leader Blog on Jun 11, 2018 .

Over the last few months, Leader Optec has been working towards transitioning to the latest BS EN ISO9001;2015 quality management qualification.

Barry Williams, Quality Manager said ‘’ Not only was this our three year re-certification, it was also our transition year so I’m delighted to announce we passed with flying colours, with no non-conformances or observations. I’d like to thank all staff and the auditing team for their continued support.’’

Posted by in Industry News, Leader Blog on Jun 05, 2017 .

UK Manufacture offers the flexibility for bespoke assemblies, customising to your customers specifications and providing more efficient installations.

Leader Optec's testing parameters offer reliability, knowing that we exceed industry standards in all our pre-terminated solutions.


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Posted by in Leader Blog on Apr 08, 2015 .
A team of 12 employees including the Managing Director from St Asaph based fibre optic company, Leader Optec Ltd, are taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge organised by children's charity Action Medical Research. 
3 Peaks Challenge
Starting at the foot of Ben Nevis in the spectacularly beautiful setting of the Scottish Highlands, and finishing at the foot of Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, in between teams will visit Scafell in the Lake District and be tested to the limit ascending and descending the three mountains - Ben Nevis at 4,409 ft, Scafell Pike at 3,206 ft and Snowdon at 3,560 ft. The event...

Posted by in Leader Blog on Aug 06, 2013 .



ABSORPTION LOSSES – (Light losses attenuation) normally caused by impurities such as transition metals, neighbouring elements, water and intrinsic metal absorption.
APC - Angled Physical Contact. These connectors are finished with a surface at an angle (typically 8) to the orthogonal plane of the alignment axis and are available with a Return Loss of <60dB (Typical <65dB) (see also PC and UPC)
APEX OFFSET - The difference between the fibre core centre and the peak of the polished fibre end-face. Excessive Apex Offset can result in increased Insertion Loss due to lack of physical contact. (typically...

Posted by in Leader Blog on May 16, 2013 .


Loose Tube or Tight Buffered Cable?
Loose Tube
Loose tube contains 250um fibres which are often surrounded by gel and contained within a central tube or multiple of tubes around a central strength member. An aramid yarn is layered between the fibre tubes and the outer jacket(s). Central loose tube is commonly up to 24 fibres whereas multi-loose tube is normally reserved for larger core counts such as 72 and 144 fibres. 
Outer jackets are often of a U-LSOH material where they can be used within external ducts and continue the runs inside the building. However, PE jackets are...

Posted by in Leader Blog on Apr 11, 2013 .


The possible consequences?
Overheating – The structure of CCA creates increased resistance in the instance of power of Ethernet and therefore increases the thermal impact. Overheating will occur and extensive damage can be caused to the cable and any surrounding cables. Overheating is increased further if the CCA contains stranded conductors.
Flexibility – Aluminium is not as malleable as copper, which makes it more likely to break if overworked. Some applications specify a certain flexibility of the cable, CCA has no guarantee that it can perform to the standards placed by recognised Category...

Posted by in Leader Blog on Mar 20, 2013 .


We’re going to give you an historic overview of the Categories of copper cabling; from Category 3 cabling in the early 1990’s to the future possibility of Category 8 and everything in between. We will deliver an unbiased view of copper cabling to provide a genuine resource for readers wanting to solve their networking needs.
We shall start off by providing an overview of the physical cable and a nice car analogy;
Inside the cables are twisted pairs of copper wiring which are shielded or unshielded.
Car Analogy
Transmission Speed – Think of...

Posted by in Leader Blog on Feb 01, 2013 .


1. Why clean the fibre?
2. What needs cleaning?
3. What is required to clean the fibre?
  - Cleaning products
  - What each product does
4. The 3 essential steps (with process illustration)
5. The Do’s and Don’ts
Why clean the fibre?
Fibre optic cabling has become increasingly essential as the demand for high bandwidth broadband continues to rise. 
Those out to supply and install the cabling infastructure need to ensure the fibre connections are clean; microscopic dust paricles, even a single micrometer in size,...