Loose tube cables are the most common outdoor cable design, featuring a central strength member, stranded buffer tubes containing loose optical fibres and fibre counts up to 144F (Can be more, for custom orders). This construction ensures installer familiarity and optimum splice performance, we even provide the necessary breakout kits for finishing your project.
In a ribbon cable, typically 12 fibres are encapsulated in an array (or ribbon) and multiple ribbons can then be stacked to achieve the required fibre count. Ribbon cables offer higher fibre counts and greater fibre density than any other outdoor cable.
Micro cables are miniaturized stranded loose tube cables which offer an approximate 50% reduction in size, less than half a reduction in total weight, and 30% or more per-cable fibre density versus traditional loose tube cables.
Micro cables are installed in micro-ducts and enable re-utilisation of congested duct space, flexibly scalable capacity upgrades and innovative, cost-effective deployment techniques.
Armor can be applied to a loose tube or ribbon cable for increased mechanical robustness and protection against rodents. It is a pre-requisite requirement when a cable is to be buried directly into the ground. A dielectric (metal-free) cable should be selected when it is deployed on or near high-voltage power lines, through dielectric armour options are available.
Traditionally, a gel was used inside buffer tubes to protect fibres from moisture, but thanks to advances in cable water-blocking technology, this messy element can now be eliminated. With no need to clean gel from fibres before splicing, gel-free cables enable fast and efficient splicing preparation and drive cost savings through the elimination of cleaning consumables.
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Source: Corning and the Beyondtech team.