Ribbon Fiber Optic Cable is just what its’ name says, a ribbon of optical fibers, which is formed into a flat strip. This is done by manufacturing a series of individual optical fibers and laying them flat and bonding them to each other. Using this technology as many as 24 optical fibers can be put together. The fibers are typically placed side by side forming a flat ribbon. A special water tight tape material is then used to hold them in place. This process uses only coated optical fiber which helps provide additional space when working on a network. Whenever installers have applications in a tight installation space as is the case in many data centers, this type of cable typically can be one of the solutions. Because of the ribbon cable design, fusion splicing becomes much easier which saves both time and money.