Outside plant is defined as all the cables, conduits, ducts, poles, towers, repeaters, repeater huts, and other equipment located between a demarcation point in a switching facility and a demarcation point in another switching facility or customer premises. Simply put, this is the portion of your network that resides outside your facilities, connecting you with the outside world.
Most outside plant applications require cabling, enclosures, optical nodes, or distribution points to withstand any number of adverse circumstances directly related to its surroundings. Outside plant products are designed to perform the same functionality as their industry standard counterparts, with additional protection or ruggedization, greatly reducing the opportunity for failure while in service.
Typically these products are designed using specialized jacketing, cases, and/or distribution methods to ensure durability. Generally, companies use these products for direct burial cabling and enclosures, aerial cabling, water and chemical proof environmental connections, and crush-resistant/proof connectivity requirements.
Timbercon’s outside plant products range from ruggedized cables for semi-harsh environment applications to crush-resistant, rodent-resistant products for direct burial, and a multitude of products in between.