Energy, telecom cables and systems company, Prysmian Group, has started the rollout of its Flextube cable technology in Australia with TPG. The company recently rolled out the new line of optical cables, which it claimed will change up nbn delivery.
TPG required the highest fibre count cable possible, in an ultra-dense single cable solution for a particular application. It reached out to Prysmian which deployed its Flextube technology for the company, manufacturing a cable with a capacity of 2112 fibres.
Prysmian Australia technical sales manager, Jack Clements, said the installation of its highest fibre count cable to date is a world first.
“It is not only the highest fibre count cable ever manufactured by Prysmian but it also exhibits the world’s highest fibre density. The 2112 fibres are contained within a single sheath 24mm in diameter, making it the highest density optical cable solution in the world, with 4.7 fibres/mm².
“The cable was designed to be slim enough to fit inside a 32mm subduct (with an internal diameter of just 28mm), fully maximising the available space,” he said.
Prysmian has partnered with TPG telecom for many years and this deployment is an extension of the existing partnership.
A 1.8km section of the 2112F cable was recently deployed in Melbourne CBD and installed within a subduct of 28mm internal diameter. The cable was spliced at both ends using Prysmian’s high capacity joint enclosures.
“We installed Prysmian’s 1728F cable last year and this year we’re up to 2112F in a single cable. The technology continues to develop and at TPG we’re keen to utilise the latest cutting edge products to respond to the evolving needs of our customers,” TPG Telecom fibre operations general manager, Reggie Naik, said.
Clements added that Prysmian aims to further service a growing demand of the optical cables in the Asia-Pacific region.