Cost Savings with AFL's Next Generation of Fiber Optic Loose Tube Cable

March 14, 2019 Stephen Martin, RCDD

The evolutionary path of outside plant (OSP) fiber optic loose tube cables with the standard 600-lb load rating is leading to higher-fiber density cables with smaller diameters and lighter weights. With advancements in manufacturing technologies, improved materials, and development of bend-insensitive optical fibers, AFL has developed the next-generation of high-performance 600-lb rated micro-loose tube cable for the communications cabling infrastructure market, the OSP MicroCore® LMHD-Series Fiber Optic Cable. 


 
With it's smaller size and robust physical design (as seen in the photo above, on the right), this next-generation loose tube technology provides the OSP cable plant customer new opportunities to lower the overall cost of their next cabling project. When comparing the AFL OSP MicroCore® LMHD-Series Fiber Optic Cable to larger, traditional loose tube cables offered by other manufacturers, the LMHD cable series provides significant cost-saving opportunities, such as:
 
• Reduced transportation costs—as much as 42% lower per foot cost compared to traditional cable
• Extends the life of current pathway and space infrastructure
• Small size allows for greater pulling and jetting distances, thus reducing handling costs
• More fibers can be installed in override situations reducing the need to install or lease additional pathway
• Can be installed in bundled micro-ducts allowing for pathway fiber-density optimization and lowering the cost of future cable additions
• More cables can be added to existing aerial over-lash pathways 
 
Read the white paper for a more in-depth look at the benefits and cost savings of the OSP MicroCore LMHD-Series Fiber Optic Cable.
 
Need more information or have a specific question about a high-density cabling project, ask an AFL high-density expert here.

About the Author

Stephen Martin, RCDD

Stephen Martin is a Senior Product Manager for Enterprise Fiber Optic Cables at AFL. He has over 30 years of industry experience in cable design, process development, applications, and market development. Today, Stephen is involved with the creation and implementation of next-generation, high-density ribbon and micro optical cable technologies for the Enterprise and Service Provider market places.

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