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In recent years the telecommunications world seems to be stricken by an innumerable quantity of marketing messages about data flows, speed, bandwidth and the promises of new applications and technologies which will ensure a marvelous and brilliant future for all of humankind…

But while common people stand watching astonished and hopeful to get there as soon as possible, the telecommunications industry struggles to identify the right technologies to pave the way. A galaxy of acronyms as 5G, LTE, FTTx is growing day by day and it seems a new star is popping up every other night. Whatever the choice will be, an axiom must be clear: the network that supports it will have to be reliable, resilient and upgradeable.

It’s no secret that the Covid-19 virus demonstrated just how a good internet connection is capable to mitigate the effects of such an event, allowing people to still experience sort of a “normality” while being locked down at home. The pandemic has only highlighted the need for faster connections for an increasing number of users.

In their rush to deliver new services in a highly competitive market, telecom operators should avoid “quick and cheap” shortcuts and invest in a robust and reliable cable infrastructure capable of supporting the coming waves of innovation for the next 20 to 30 years.

The most advanced Telecom operators are now aware of the importance of building such a network, and they start to digest the concept that a high-quality passive infrastructure may cost more up front, but it will reduce operational costs for maintaining and upgrading the network in the long term. Unfortunately, not all of them understand yet how the choices they make in passive network infrastructure can create massive differences in service.

Prysmian Group has elected three key parameters to be assessed by telecommunications operators when designing their networks, and has set them as the driver of the Prysmian offer.

First, it is key to look very carefully at the quality of what one’s buying. Any defects will cause service disruptions and could lead to costly repairs. Second, to make sure that any products purchased are at a low risk of patent infringement. Third, to ascertain whether the cost savings are the result of product dumping – another indicator of sub-standard quality.

Prysmian Group is well positioned to benefit from any future increase in infrastructure spending, and has developed cutting edge products to meet increasing demand for information.

Prysmian has been investing for many years in improving manufacturing capabilities and product innovation so that it can offer its customers increasingly robust products that are smaller and easier to install, leading to a faster roll-out execution and resulting in important capex savings on installation (which can run to 50% of the cost of a new network). This is reflected on the most recent product innovations launched from Prysmian on the market.

Just to name a few: BendBrightXS 180µm, the world’s first bend insensitive single-mode optical fibre with 180µm outer diameter that will enable new cable systems with extreme fibre density and smaller diameter cables. Sirocco Extreme is the world’s smallest and densest fibre optical cable, which can pack 288 fibres in a diameter of just 6.5 millimeters, launched by Prysmian Group on April 21, 2020.

We are ready to support a telecom world that needs to install more high quality fibre to delivery services!

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About the author

Alessandro Pirri

Alessandro is the Global Telecom Cost Roadmap Program Manager at Prysmian Group. He has a demonstrated history of working in the Fibre Optic and Cable manufacturing industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, International Business, and Sales Management. Strong professional with a Bachelor's degree focused in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.