Milan â€” Prysmian Group, a provider of solutions in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, launched a new line of optical cables that will halve the cost of joining cables, as the NBN rollout continues across Australia.
The Italian-designed Prysmian FlexTube line will be produced in Australia for the first time at the companyâ€™s telecommunications facility at Dee Why on Sydneyâ€™s Northern Beaches, which has the capacity to produce more than 600,000 fiber kilometres of the cabling each year, which is almost a third of the entire standard optical fiber market in Australia.
Prysmian CEO Australia & New Zealand Frederick Persson said the innovative cabling would transform the face of Australiaâ€™s telecommunication networks. â€œWe expect FlexTube to become the stranded optical cable of choice in the Australian telecom industry within the next three years, with the Dee Why factoryâ€™s capacity on track to exceed one million fibre kms by early 2019,â€ Persson said. â€œThe introduction of the FlexTube is another first for Prysmian, as we brought ribbon fibre manufacturing to Australia in 2012, as the major supplier of fiber optic cables for the NBN.â€
The FlexTube cable is not intended as a direct replacement for ribbon fiber cables but its features will give network builders an innovative alternative, as it enables more fibers and closures to fit in the ever diminishing and increasingly costly remaining space in todayâ€™s underground duct networks.
â€œThe FlexTube line will provide more options for network providers, as it significantly lowers the cost of building and owning networks,â€ Persson added. â€œWith 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.â€