Allied Wire and Cable has both dry loose tube (LT) and gel loose tube (LT) fiber cable assemblies. Both our dry and gel-filled fiber cables pass all current industry standards, are flexible and weather-resistant, and meet and exceed the demands of outdoor applications.
Dry Vs Gel Loose Tuber Fiber Optic Cables
Dry fiber cables are mess-free since they have no gel to clean when completing installations, splicing, or termination. This can be beneficial on larger installation projects or in dangerous environments like cell towers where you want as short of a time as possible off the ground. Dry fiber cables offer a cost-saving benefit over more expensive gel-filled cables and can save money on installation time due to the lack of clean-up.
Dry cables are also treated with an absorbent substance, but this substance does not fill the entire inside of the cable like in a gel-filled fiber cable. This can allow small amounts of water to enter the tube and offers slightly less protection from outside elements.
Gel-filled fiber cables offer superior weather protection because the tube is completely filled with gel. The gel also adds an additional layer of protection. The gel inside this type of cable creates a "free-floating" effect which can take tension off of the fibers themselves.
However, Gel-filled cables can be a mess when cutting, terminating, and splicing. You must clean the gel during the installation process, which can slow down projects.