Energy, telecom cables and systems company, Prysmian Group, has rolled out a new line of optical cables.
The Italian-designed Prysmian FlexTube line will be produced in Australia for the first time at the company’s telecommunications facility at Dee Why on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which has the capacity to produce more than 600,000 fibre kilometres of the cabling each year.
The company said this amounts to almost a third of the entire standard optical fibre market in Australia.
Prysmian A/NZ CEO, Frederick Persson, said the new cabling would transform the face of Australia’s telecommunication networks as it will halve the cost of joining cables, as the nbn rollout continues across Australia.
“We expect FlexTube to become the stranded optical cable of choice in the Australian telecom industry within the next three years, with the Dee Why factory’s capacity on track to exceed one million fibre kms by early 2019
“The introduction of theFlexTube is another first for Prysmian, as we brought ribbon fibre manufacturing to Australia in 2012, as the major supplier of fibre optic cables for the nbn,” Persson said.
However, the FlexTube cable is not intended as a direct replacement for ribbon fibre cables. Instead, its features will give network builders an alternative, as it enables more fibres and closures to fit in the remaining space in today’s underground duct networks.
“The FlexTube line will provide more options for network providers, as it significantly lowers the cost of building and owning networks. With the cabling manufactured right out of Sydney, local network builders will have a dedicated in-region plant, and the ability to quickly meet the demand of providers,” he said.