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Berk-Tek’s New OSP Cables Extend Cat 6a and Enhanced Cat 6 Performance to Outdoor Environments

by Bobby Salerno on November 6, 2017

Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company and leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, announces the release of two new Outside Plant (OSP) cables – Category 6A LANmarkTM-10GBerk-Tek ANSI.png OSP and Enhanced Category 6 LANmarkTM-1000 OSP. With the addition of these products to its LAN portfolio, Berk-Tek can now support Category 5e through Category 6A outside plant and building-to-building copper cabling requirements.

With ever-increasing bandwidth requirements and advancing technologies, more and more outdoor applications and building-to-building interconnections are requiring higher category cabling. Berk-Tek’s new Category 6A and Enhanced Category 6 OSP cables enable network managers to extend their networks to their outdoor environments without sacrificing the bandwidth and PoE performance required for today’s emerging technologies.

The new LANmark-10G OSP is fully compliant to Category 6A standard requirements, providing reliable electrical performance under the demand of today’s data, voice, video and power applications. “LANmark-10G OSP meets Cat 6A specs for alien crosstalk, and provides excellent noise rejection and high PoE capability,” says Brian Simmons, Copper Product Manager for Berk-Tek.

Simmons continues, “LANmark-1000 OSP is an Enhanced Cat 6 product, so it handles high-bandwidth and PoE applications just as well as our LANmark-1000 product, but with the added benefit of water-blocking and UV resistance required for outdoor applications.”

This superior performance, coupled with their unique construction, make Berk-Tek’s OSP cables ideal for outdoor applications such as portable classrooms, guard shacks, exterior security cameras, parking lot lights, and building-to-building connections. All of Berk-Tek OSP cables are third-party verified to ANSI/ICEA S-107-704-2012 for water penetration. Their unique construction includes a water-blocking gel compound within the core that encases the four UTP copper pairs and a rugged, but flexible, black polyethylene, UV-resistant jacket. They can be installed either aerially or buried in conduit or duct, and are compliant with stringent NEC codes, which require outdoor-rated cables to be used when conduit is located below the floor in slab-on-grade construction. 

The new LANmark-10G OSP and LANmark-1000 OSP cables will be available on reels beginning April 1, 2017.

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