What is Aerial Fiber Optic Cable?
An aerial fiber optic cable is an insulated cable usually containing all fibers required for a telecommunication line, which is suspended between utility poles or electricity pylons as it may even be lashed to a wire rope messenger strand with a small gauge wire. The strand is tensioned to satisfactorily withstand the weight of the cable for the span length, and it used on any climatic hazard such as ice, snow, water, and wind. The objective is to keep the cable as low-stress as possible while maintaining a drop in the messenger and cable to ensure safety. Generally speaking, aerial cables are usually made of heavy jackets and strong metal or aramid-strength members, and provide excellent mechanical and environmental performance, high tensile strength, lightweight, easy to install, and low cost.
Today, we will share with you the basic knowledge of 3 common types of overhead optical cables, All dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) cable and figure-8 fiber cables, and outdoor drop cable:
All-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) cable is a type of optical fiber cable that is strong enough to support itself between structures without using conductive metal elements. GL Fiber can customize ADSS fiber optic cable from 2-288 core based on our customer's different core requirements, the span range from 50m, 80m, 100m, 200m, up to 1500m is available.
Four main types: GYTC8A, GYTC8S, GYXTC8S, and GYXTC8Y.
GYTC8A/S: GYTC8A/S is a typical self-supporting outdoor fiber optic cable. It's suitable for aerial and duct and buried applications. It provides excellent mechanical and environmental performance, steel-wire strength member ensures tensile strength, corrugated steel tape, and the PE outer sheath ensures crush resistance, water blocking system to improve the waterproof ability, small cable diameter, and low dispersion and attenuation features.
GYXTC8Y : GYXTC8Y is a light self-supporting cable with the figure-8 shape in the cross-section that is suitable for installation in the aerial environment for long-haul communications and duct and buried applications. It provides high strength loose tube that is hydrolysis resistant, excellent mechanical and environmental performances, small cable diameter, low dispersion and attenuation, medium Density Polyethylene (PE) Jacket, and low friction installation features.
GYXTC8S: GYXTC8S is also suitable for installation in the aerial environment for long-haul communications. It provides excellent mechanical and environmental performances, corrugated steel tape and the PE outer sheath ensure crush resistance, water blocking system to improve the waterproof ability, small cable diameter, and Low dispersion and attenuation features.
FTTH fiber optic drop cables are laid out at the user's end and used to connect the terminal of the backbone optical cable to the user's building or house. It is characterized by small size, low fiber count, and a support span of about 80m. GL Fiber supply 1-12 core fiber optic cable for outdoor and indoor applications, we can customize the cable based on customers' different requirements.