The thermal properties and the crystallization behaviour of a cadmium halide based glass [(CdF2)50(BaCl2)10(NaCl) 40] were analyzed. The kinetic nature of the glass transition was used to determine the temperature dependence of the viscosity and an estimation of the appropriate drawing temperature for an optical fibre was established. The crystallization kinetics was studied by using both isothermal and continuous heating regimes. For cadmium halides, the temperature range for nucleation was evaluated and for samples previously nucleated the activation energy of the growth process was found to be 2.01 ± 0.08 eV. The empirical nucleation and crystal growth rates were estimated and the temperature-heating rate-transformation diagrams were constructed. The results obtained agree with data and are discussed in the light of minimizing the volume of crystals formed during fibre drawing.