Prysmian Group’s Sirocco HD range provides the world’s smallest diameters and highest fibre densities for blown microduct cables. A new 9.5mm cable with 576 fibres offers a density of 8.1 fibres per mm2 and can be installed into a 12mm duct. Sirocco HD microduct cables utilize Prysmian’s BendBright-A2 200µm single-mode (ITU-T G.657.D, G.657.A2) bend insensitive fibre, providing a solution that’s ready for evolved systems and supports exponential data traffic growth and new technologies.
Sirocco cables are available in fibre counts from 96 to 576, in line with international standards for optical and mechanical performance, and employ Prysmian’s PicoTube technology, making them up to 20% smaller than previously available microduct cables. That means more fibres in congested duct space and use of smaller ducts for new installations, which cuts installation costs and raw material usage.
The FTTH Handbook, first published in 2007, is a resource for the fibre community, those who aim to drive pure fibre networks across Europe. The FTTH Handbook covers every aspect of the network, from central office to subscriber equipment; from passive to active equipment choices. The structure of the latest edition as been changed to reflect the 3 fundamental phases of all FTTH network projects: it includes the latest innovations, trends and solutions to Plan, Build and Operate highly efficient, future-proof, automated fibre networks. There is also a new focus and additional content regarding the use of digital information and IT throughout the network lifecycle. Prysmian is proud to have contributed to the writing and peer review process.
Telecom Italia has entered into an agreement with French telecoms group Iliad, who will be co-investing in Telecom Italia 's last-mile ‘FiberCop’ grid speed fibre rollout in Italy. Iliad will co-invest in the wholesale-only FiberCop business. Telecom Italia will also give Iliad access to its primary fibre network as part of the agreement.
Similar arrangements have been made with Fastweb and Tiscali as part of FiberCop's plan to bring FTTH coverage to 75% of Italy’s grey and black areas by 2025.
Global 5G network infrastructure revenue is set to grow by 39% by the end of 2021, reaching US$19.1 billion. Legacy network infrastructure - LTE, 2G, 3G, and 4G - is set to decline. Gartner estimates 60 per cent of tier-1 CSPs will take up XGS-PON tech to deliver ultrafast broadband, up from under 30 per cent in 2020. “The COVID-19 pandemic spiked demand for optimised and ultrafast broadband connectivity to support work-from-home and bandwidth-hungry applications, such as streaming video, online gaming and social media applications,” said Michael Porowski, Gartner senior principal research analyst.
BT Group’s Openreach 1Gbps FTTP ISP network now covers 5.16 m UK premises. This figure is up from 4.6m last quarter. 860,000 of BT’s retail ISP customers have taken up this service, up from 753K last quarter. “Our operational performance remained strong and our EBITDA grew during the first three months of the year, reflecting improved trading across most of our business and the positive benefits of our plans to modernise BT,” stated Philip Jansen, CEO of BT Group. However, regulator Ofcom has instructed BT to improve their 10Mb/s Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband.
The 2021 FTTH report indicates record expected growth of $60 billion for record North American FTTH over the next five years. This is without the recent Congress infrastructure bill, which is providing $65 billion to bridge the US digital divide and help make broadband affordable. After Asia-Pacific, North America is the second largest fibre market, followed by Europe.
Social video platform TikTok recently passed one billion monthly active users – comparable to Instagram, but with a significantly faster growth rate. This represents an increase of 45 percent from mid-2020. Many younger social media users are moving away from Facebook and Instagram to TikTok. The platform recently overtook YouTube with regard to average watch time.
Prysmian Group will be investing invest around USD 85 million at its facilities in North America, especially the Claremont, N.C. facility, which features an R&D centre. Major equipment and technology upgrades are aimed at matching growing production requirements for telecom customers and keeping up with the demands of broadband and 5G. Claremont is a joint optical fibre and cable manufacturing facility, where FlexTube™, ezMicroduct™ and a variety of other Prysmian products are made. The Claremont facility is expected to grow to 620 employees by Q2 2023, adding up to 70 new jobs.
Andrea Pirondini, Chief Executive Officer of Prysmian Group North America, said: “Prysmian Group continues to experience strong demand in North America for optical fiber in the telecom sector, and is proud to play a lead role as an enabler of the digital transformation across the country.”