Loose tube cables are the product of choice as the backbone in Outside Plant (OSP) applications. Single Loose tube cables offer a low cost alternative to traditional stranded loose tube cables. The loose tube design offers reliable transmission performance over a broad temperature range. The rugged single loose tube design features optical fibers placed inside a single PFM gel-filled tube. The core tube includes up to 8-fiber bundles, each containing up to 12 optical fibers bound within a color coded binder. The core tube is then helically wrapped with waterblocking strength members, then encased with a black jacket. A rip cord is included under the jacket to provide ease of access to the core tube.