Loose tube cables are the product of choice as the backbone in Outside Plant (OSP) environments. The rugged loose tube design offers reliable transmission performance over a broad temperature range. Optical fibers are placed inside filled buffer tubes containing PFM gel. The core is constructed by stranding the buffer tubes around a central member using a reverse oscillating lay (ROL). The core is wrapped with flexible strength members covered with a water-blocking tape, then encased with a black jacket. A rip cord is included under the jacket for ease of entry.