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 and water-blocking elements are placed inside gel-free buffer tubes. 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. A corrugated steel armor is applied and then encased with a black jacket. Rip cords are included under the armor for ease of entry.