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    BBD Duplex is an Outside Plant (OSP) Broadband category cable. It is designed to provide an extension of the LAN beyond the premises or in situations where the NEC code requires an OSP-rated cable when it is in contact with earth, whether in a conduit or not. The cable consists of a core of four balanced twisted pairs surrounded by Superior Essex PFM™ gel that does not drip or flow, even in cell tower applications at elevated temperatures. The jacketed core is covered with dry block and a shield providing exceptional Alien Crosstalk (AXT) performance. Two cores are then jacketed together under a sunlight and abrasion-resistant black, polyethylene overjacket including an aramid rip cord. This feature reduces installation and lease costs in tower application. This shielded design is suitable for the following deployments: duct, underground conduit, tower, lashed aerial, open trench or direct burial.

    The OSP Broadband Duplex is available in a variety of performances including CAT 5e, CAT 6 and CAT 6A. It is also available in BBDG (copper-clad steel armor) and BBDN (aluminum tape shield; not suitable for direct burial deployment) constructions.

    • Transmission performance characterized to 500 MHz for CAT 6A/6 and 350 MHz for CAT 5e
    • Corrugated, copper-clad steel armor
    • Shield/armor
    • Dry block between shield/armor and inner jacket
    • PFM gel-filled core construction
    • OSP-grade black polyethylene jacket
    • ColorTip™ circuit identification system


    • Assures ample overhead for reliable transmission in an OSP-rated cable allowing extension of the premises LAN
    • Rugged shield provides protection against EMI/RFI and provides rodent resistance
    • Rugged shield provides protection against EMI/RFI and provides rodent resistance (BBDG only)
    • Prevents water ingress between shield in inner cable preventing damage to equipment
    • Prevents intrusion of moisture and easily wipes clean during installation
    • Outside plant rated cable for years of reliable performance
    • Easily identifiable conductor mates even in low-light environments

    Pair Count: 4

    Conductor: Solid annealed copper

    Insulation: Polyolefin

    • CAT 6A/6: Polyolefin cross-web
    • CAT 5e: none

    • BBDG: Electrically continuous 0.005 in (0.13 mm) corrugated copper-clad steel armor, applied with an overlap
    • BBDN: Electrically continuous 0.008 in (0.20 mm) polymer coated smooth aluminum tape shield, applied with an overlap

    Dry Water Block:
    • BBDG: SAP yarn
    • BBDN: SAP powder

    Inner Jacket/Outer Jacket/Overjacket: Black, sunlight and weather-resistant polyethylene

    Characteristic Impedance Ohms: 100 ± 15

    Nominal Velocity of Propagation %:
    • CAT 6A/6: 68
    • CAT 5e: 65

    Performance Compliance:
    • ANSI/TIA-568-C.2
    • ANSI/ICEA S-107-704-2012
    • RoHS-compliant/RoHS 2-compliant
    • REACH-compliant

    Environmental Specifications and Tests:
    Operation: -40°F to +167°F (-40°C to +75°C)

    Installation: -40°F to +140°F (-40°C to +60°C)

    ANSI/ICEA S-100-685-2009:
    • Section 7.1: -4°F (-20°C) cold bend test
    • Section 7.2: +14°F (-10°C) cold impact test
    • Section 7.3: -40°F (-40°C) anvil test

    • CAT 6A: 10BASE-T through 10GBASE-T Ethernet;
    • CAT 6/5e: 10BASE-T through 1000BASE-T
    • Power over Ethernet (PoE) – IEEE 802.3af
    • PoE+ – IEEE 802.3at Type 1 and 2
    • ATM and token ring

    awg (mm) product
    category dimensions approx.
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    Essex Cable
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    24 (0.51) BBDGe cat 5e 0.44 (11.2) 0.76 (19.3) 148 (221) 1,000' plywood reel 04-A01-55

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