Prysmian targets FTTx and 5G operators with 180µm fibre cables

Prysmian Group has extended its Sirocco Extreme range of microduct cables to include its latest 576f cable targeting FTTx and 5G networks operators.
Sirocco extreme sfondo bluSirocco Extreme cables provide world record diameters and fibre densities for blown microduct cables, Prysmian Group said. Prysmian Group is the world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry with sales of over €10 billion.

The new cable boasts 576 fibres in a diameter of 8.2mm, providing a fibre density of 10.9 fibres per mm2, and can be installed into a 10mm duct. Bend-insensitive fibre optic cables are a crucial part of the world’s shift towards flexible and reliable connectivity.

Sirocco Extreme microduct cables utilise Prysmian’s BendBrightXS 180µm single-mode (ITU-T G.657.D, G.657.A2) bend insensitive fibre fully compatible for splicing with any standard fibre, offering a future-proof solution that is prepared for evolved systems.

“With their fibre count and reduced diameter, Sirocco Extreme microduct cables make installations faster and more cost-effective. Designed for installation into microducts, they are ideally suited for blowing in high density access, FTTx and 5G networks,” Ian Griffiths, Director R&D Telecom Business at Prysmian Group, said.

Available in fibre counts from 192 to 576 and conforming to international standards for optical and mechanical performance, the Sirocco Extreme cables benefit from the use of Prysmian’s PicoTube technology. This makes them up to 15 percent smaller than Sirocco HD microduct cables, Prysmian’s previously record holding 200µm microduct cables.

It is possible to install more fibres into a congested duct space and smaller ducts can be used for new installations, reducing installation costs and the use of less raw materials. This provides further benefits of a decreased total cost of network deployment and smaller environmental footprint.