Prysmian Maintains Leading Worldwide Positions In Telecom Optical Fibre And Cables Market

Milan, (PresseBox) - .
- Almost 10 million km of optical fibre produced in 2010
- Pilot projects have been already undertaken in Italy
- State-of-the-art technologies on display at the FTTH council conference in Milan, 9-10 February

Prysmian Cables & Systems - a leading worldwide player in the energy and telecommunications cable market - has confirmed its position among the top global players in the telecommunications optical fibre and cables sector, with overall production of around 10 million km of optical fibre in 2010, equal to 5% of the total worldwide industry production, and with a significant growth on 2009.

As a manufacturer of optical fibre, Prysmian has two active plants for its production, in Italy and Brazil. The Group's technological and manufacturing centre of excellence is FOS Fibre Ottiche Sud, based in Battipaglia (near Naples) in Italy, one of the most advanced facilities in this sector. In FOS, which began its activity in 1981, Prysmian concentrates most of its research and production activities in the field of optical fibre. These fibres are used in the manufacture of cables at ten Prysmian plants worldwide, supporting the development of the main telecom operators' broadband projects, from BT, Telefonica and Telecom Italia in Europe, to Verizon in America, to Asia and Oceania, where Prysmian partners with Bharti Airtel in India, Telstra in Australia and China Mobile. In particular, Prysmian has been recently chosen by the Australian Government and by the telecom operator Telstra for the development of the new national telecom broadband network.

Leveraging on its market and technological leadership, Prysmian is ready to play a leading role also in future broadband projects in Italy. After having deployed the first access optical cable network in Milan. together with Metroweb/Fastweb, followed closely by Rome, Florence and Bologna, Prysmian has been chosen as a partner for the new experimental national broadband projects launched by the country's main operators. In another important project, Prysmian worked with Fastweb, Vodafone and Wind to install its FTTH optical cables to more than 7,400 users at Fleming Hill in Rome in what was the first mass testing of fibre optic deployment in Italy. These have seen optical fibres installed into the existing duct infrastructure - demonstrating how high capacity broadband can be delivered in an economical and smart way.

The attention is now focused on the "Fibre for Italy" project which has been signed by Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Fastweb, Wind, H3G, Tiscali and BT in order to implement a new fibre optic network that will deliver 100 megabits/s connections. Italy, with Prysmian, has all the ingredients to deliver such a network, having the necessary know-how, technology and experience to give the country a proper NGN (Next Generation Network).

The next opportunity for Prysmian to present its latest technologies for optical fibre and cable and for the connectivity hardware is the FTTH Council Europe Conference, one of the biggest events worldwide for FTTH which will bring to Milan many of the sector's leading operators on February 9-10. Prysmian will showcase, among the others, its state-of-the-art range of products for FTTx including the Sirocco® Blown Fibre System, the VertiCasa(TM) system for MDUs and the complete portfolio of OAsys optical connectivity. It will also be showing, for the first time at the FTTH Council, its VerTV(TM) optical system for Satellite TV.

Prysmian

A leading worldwide player in the industry of high-tech cables and systems for energy and telecommunications, the Prysmian Group is a truly global company with sales in excess of € 3.7 billion in 2009 and a strong position in higher value-added market segments. With its two businesses, Energy Cables & Systems (submarine and underground cables for power transmission and distribution, for industrial applications and for the distribution of electricity to residential and commercial buildings) and Telecom Cables & Systems (optical cables and fibres and copper cables for video, data and voice transmission), Prysmian boasts a global presence with subsidiaries in 39 countries, 56 plants in 24 countries, 8 Research & Development Centres in Europe, USA, South America and Asia, and around 12,000 employees. Specialising in the development of products and services designed to meet specific customer requirements, Prysmian's key strengths include: a focus on Research & Development, the capacity to innovate products and production processes, and the use of advanced proprietary technologies. Prysmian is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange in the Blue Chip index.

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