Aerial cable assemblies are available in several basic types:
Aerial distribution cable assemblies consist of a round polyethylene jacked cable with excellent UV and weather resistance. This cable contains a high performance tight-buffer on the optical fibers for excellent environmental and mechnical protection and is ideal for conventional lashing techniques.
CST armored cable assemblies are suitable for lashed aerial applications where corrugated steel tape (CST) protects the fiber optic cable from rodents and provides additional stiffness for aerial lashing. This is a tight-buffered, water-blocked cable with a black polyethylene outer jacket.
Figure-Eight messenger cables - (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE) are for use with standard messenger clamping and support hardware. The messenger member may be galvinized steel or dielectric. The galvanized steel messenger is a cost saving option for ultimate durability and survival. The dielectric strength member is a fiberglass/aramid/epoxy messenger for high strength and is ideal for use near electrical power lines and in areas of frequent lightning. The figure-eight configuration reduces installation time and cost by approximately 50% compared to separate installation of a messenger wire and the lashing of the cable to the messenger.
Assemblies with these cables are typically from 100 feet to over 2km. They can be terminated in most connector types, including ST, SC, FC, LC, and MTRJ. Installation of a pull-eye is also available to protect the connectors and distribute the pulling stress during installation.