High quality, robust products are essential for reliable and sustainable fiber optic networks, according to Carlos Lopez, Telecoms Business Director at Prysmian Group. While cables may not be glamorous, they play a crucial role in delivering internet services to households and businesses. Customers prioritize reliability, speed, and latency when choosing a service provider.
The key to achieving these qualities in fiber optic networks is through the use of high-quality cables. Prysmian, Europe’s leading fiber optic cable manufacturer and the sole major optical cable manufacturer in the UK, produces cables that offer market-leading performance and have a lifespan of 30 years or more.
Quality is fundamental to the longevity of fiber optic networks. Cable installation can account for up to 60% of the total investment cost, particularly in congested urban areas. In comparison, the capital cost of the cable itself and connectivity hardware is only about 12% of the total investment. Cable failure can lead to service disruption and dissatisfied customers, which can be a major challenge for network operators. Therefore, it is crucial for operators to invest in high-quality cables to avoid costly repairs or replacements.
Prysmian is at the forefront of cable innovation, not only manufacturing high-quality cables but also improving their performance. By developing smaller cables, more can be fitted into existing congested ducts, such as those found in London. These smaller cables are designed with a innovative sleeve that allows for more fiber strands to be fitted, resulting in greater data capacity or the ability to carry more strands within the same diameter cable. This innovation offers significant time and cost benefits, as it eliminates the need for new trenches in busy locations.
Smaller cables also have sustainability benefits. They reduce packaging, transportation, and installation costs. They also require fewer joints, which decreases installation time. Prysmian also focuses on using recycled materials in the manufacturing process, further reducing its environmental impact.
In conclusion, investing in high-quality fiber optic cables is essential for creating reliable and sustainable networks. Prysmian Group recommends that network operators prioritize quality to ensure the longevity of their networks and minimize environmental impact. By avoiding the need for premature replacements, operators can achieve environmental, social, and economic sustainability in the long run.