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 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 then encased with a black inner jacket. Water-blocking yarns and a corrugated steel armor are applied and a black outer jacket completes the cable construction. Rip cords are included under the inner jacket and armor for ease of entry.