OSP Fiber Optic Cable Construction

Smart grid, smart cities, intelligent traffic signals, small cells—it seems like everything popular in new technology needs more fiber. That means installing more fiber optic cables, and that means more construction. How familiar are you with the outside plant (OSP) fiber optic construction process?

1. Because of the diversity of fiber optic OSP construction, it is important the contractor knows the _____ of the cable plant well.

Correct Answer: Planned route

2. The details obtained from _____ will ensure potential problem areas are uncovered before the work begins and potentially save a lot of trouble later.

Correct Answer: A prebuild site survey

3. Working on or near a public roadway requires _____.

Correct Answer: All of the above

4. Underground conduit is generally buried _____ under the surface of the ground.

Correct Answer: 1 to 1.2 meters (3–4 feet)

5. The most common cause of underground cable system failure is _____.

Correct Answer: Dig-ups, or “backhoe fade”

6. The generally preferred method of burying conduit on road or sidewalk crossings is _____.

Correct Answer: Directional drilling or boring

7. Cables on the reel do not need to be tested before installation as long as they do not show physical damage.

Correct Answer: False

8. When cable needs to be laid on the ground for intermediate or long pulls, it should be laid out in a(n) _____ to prevent twisting.

Correct Answer: Figure-8

9. Blowing fiber optic cable refers to an installation method that _____ the cable into the duct while _____ it on a high-speed stream of air.

Correct Answer: Pushes; floating

10. All-dielectric self-supporting cables (ADSS) _____.

Correct Answer: All of the above