First of all, the choice of optical fibres means investing in the infrastructure that hold the highest chances of still being able to cope with the connectivity needs, 20 to 30 years for now: for investors with the appropriate financing capacity, this is the best way to optimize the Net Present Value of the asset. Keeping in mind that “if the private sector doesn’t have the power to invest, they need to leave the floor to the public”.
Talking about the connectivity of the future, Valerio Battista underlined that “business is based on fibre. The last mile can be based on cables, antennas, satellite, but the substance doesn’t change, the base is always fibre. Moreover, the network Europe is going to build must be future-proof” underlined the CEO, “robust so to last in time, with quality and performance able to manage the future demand, growing at a very fast pace”.
What does Mr. Battista refer to while talking of “future-proof networks”?
First of all, that “when we decide to build an infrastructure it has to stay for 20-30 years, therefore quality of products is essential. Through quality, we can build reliable networks, with no interruptions in the services and a very low latency”.
It is evident that, when talking about internet connections, bandwidth is the crucial subject, since it determines the performances of the web. Yet, latency – the delay between the actual transfer of data and the instructions to do so – may interfere with the speed of internet transmission even more than the bandwidth. Sometimes the presence of bottlenecks across the line can erase the benefits of the increased bandwidth, causing, for instance, a long wait for the user while loading a website. But, let’s imagine the same situation in a world of self-driven cars. What would happen then?
“Reliability is the foundation on which all other improvements are built”, continued Prysmian Group’s CEO, “Our optical fibre cables are a key component in designing networks that can handle the rapid changes to come”.