Superior Essex has announced the immediate availability of its Category 6A Outside Plant (OSP) Broadband cables, which enable the expansion of 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks to outdoor environments using copper cable. The company says the new cables may be deployed in areas in which the NEC code requires use of an OSP-rated cable when in contact with earth – regardless of whether it is in a conduit or not.
The company says its BBDN6A and BBDG6A CAT6A OSP-rated cables consist of four (4) balanced twisted pairs surrounded by PFM gel which not only prevents water ingress, but will not drip or flow – even in cell tower applications. The BBDN6A cable includes an 0.008” thick aluminum shield and the BBDG6A includes a corrugated copper-clad steel armor to provide exceptional Alien Crosstalk performance as well as resistance to EMI/RFI.
Dry water-blocking material is also used between the cabling's shield/armor and the inner jacket to prevent water ingress between these elements. The outside jacket is OSP-grade black polyethylene for superior sunlight and abrasion resistance.