What are the different cable constructions for outside plant cables?

February 4, 2020

Generally speaking a cable can be all-dielectric (containing no metallic components) or armored. All-dielectric cables are typically used in lashed aerial or duct applications. For more strenuous environmental conditions or where rodents are a problem, steel armor and additional jackets can be added for mechanical protection. Armored cables utilize a corrugated electrolytically chrome coated steel (ECCS) tape. The armored cable design is intended primarily for direct buried applications.

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