Ribbon cables offer higher fiber counts and greater fiber density than any other cable construction designed for the outside plant (OSP), four times the highest-fiber-count loose tube cable. Ribbon cables also enable mass-fusion splicing, whereby each 12-fiber ribbon can be spliced in a single, straightforward procedure. This facilitates fast network installation and restoration after cable cuts.
Ribbon cable has been around for decades, however, the use case for it is becoming more widely accepted and adopted. As we see the demands of bandwidth double the need of fiber, ribbon cable becomes the simplest, easiest, and fastest way to plan for future network needs.