General Cable Announces NextGen™ Loose Tube Dry Water Blocked Cable - Technology & Experience at Work

Highland Heights, KY, September 04, 2002 - From the first manufacturer to engineer loose tube plenum cables with fibers up to 144, General Cable is proud to announce NextGen™ Brand riser and plenum rated loose tube dry water blocked cable products. These indoor/outdoor cables are designed to meet or exceed the applicable technical requirements of ICEA-S-104-696, ICEA-S-87-640, Telcordia GR-20, NEC 770 - 51 and 53 (a/b) to mention a few.

"General Cable’s NextGen dry water blocked cables take a proven field-friendly design and advance it by adding a unique dry water blocking system. This cost-effective construction provides maximum fiber protection from environmental extremes, as well as superior cable flexibility for ease of handling and termination." said Cedric Lindsay, Director of Marketing for the NextGen Brand. These UL and CSA Listed indoor/outdoor cables can be constructed with standard Gigabit Ethernet or enhanced 10 Gigabit Ethernet fibers. They also meet the performance requirements of IEEE 802.3z and 802.3ae. General Cable’s extensive line of indoor/outdoor cables range from tight buffered to gel filled loose tube and dry tube engineered products.

General Cable manufactures NextGen Brand fiber optic cables. All of the cable products are engineered in accordance with such industry standards as Telcordia Technologies GR-20, GR-409, ICEA and RUS (REA PE-90), and are listed by UL as compliant with NEC and verified to TIA/EIA-568-B.3 by ETL. The Company provides a full menu of fiber optic cables for data, voice and video networks ranging from tight buffer and armored products for military applications to loose tube and hybrid cables for communications networks including the advanced Blolite™ blown fiber systems for local area networks and campus applications.

General Cable (NYSE: BGC), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the communications, energy, industrial and specialty markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty Segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Visit our website at www.GeneralCable.com.

Release No. 0400
09/04/02