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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.
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