Pre-terminated fibre quality
I've used Videk's pre-terminated fibre a few times and have had no problems but am starting to wonder why they are so expensive. I know that Videk tends to be pretty expensive anyway, but I'm wondering what's so special about Videk's 50m 62.5 ST-ST cable compared to this that they charge £100 more. Also, this CMS cable is cheaper still. Any ideas?
Multimode Fibre & Connectors
We use CMS on a regular basis, their fibre charges are reasonable, but you might get a better price from Auriga ([url=http://www.aurigaeurope.com]/url]).
Termination connectors have moved on quite a lot since ST - for multimode fibre (OM1, OM2, OM3) we generally spec LC or SC connectors - these give lower insertion losses and can connect directly to SX GBIC - the old style standard GBICs are SC connectors, whilst the smaller SFP GBICs use LC connectors).
To be honest 50m isn't a great length, so you could get away any grade of multimode and type of connector, especially in what appears to be a big patch lead. If you wanted to run longer distances >200m or possibly run 10Gbit I would recommend OM3/3E fibre.
regards - Jake