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Next Generation of Fiber Optic Loose Tube Cable

May 15, 2018 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. This paper will review some of the money-saving attributes related to this new, more compact OSP micro-loose tube cable by comparing the AFL OSP MicroCore® LMHD-Series Fiber Optic Cable to larger, traditional loose tube cables offered by other manufacturers.

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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