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New 180µM microduct cable launched containing 864 fibres

The Sirocco Extreme 864f microduct cable features 864 fibres

The Sirocco Extreme 864f microduct cable features 864 fibres within a 9.8mm diameter (Credit: Prysmian)

Prysmian has launched the Sirocco Extreme 864f microduct cable, which offers record diameters and fibre densities for blown microduct cables.

The Sirocco Extreme 864f microduct cable features 864 fibres within a 9.8mm diameter, providing a fibre density of 11.5 fibres per mm2. This makes it installable into a 12mm duct, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with densification for operators. 

Bend insensitive fibre technology

The new cables employ the company’s BendBrightXS 180µm single-mode (ITU-T G.657.D, G.657.A2) bend-insensitive fibre, which ensures compatibility with existing G.652 fibres and readiness for evolved systems.

Available in fibre counts ranging from 96 to 864, the cables also incorporate Prysmian’s PicoTube technology, which is designed to make them up to 25% smaller than previously available microduct cables. This means that it is possible for operators to install more fibres into congested duct space, allowing them to use smaller ducts for new installations, resulting in lower installation costs and the use of less raw materials.

Cost saving benefits for operators

Prysmian’s Sirocco Extreme microduct cables are designed to provide cost savings to telecom network owners and builders, but they can also help them to reduce carbon and environmental footprints. 

Ian Griffiths, Global R&D VP, Telecom Business at Prysmian says: “Microduct cables have become a popular choice for future-fit applications, such as long haul data centre interconnection, metro and FTTx networks. They enable rapid deployment and provide future proof scalability, and their small footprint also provides sustainability benefits, due to the use of less raw materials. Sirocco Extreme microduct cables offer the best available dimensions on the market as they utilise Prysmian’s BendBrightXS 180µm single-mode bend insensitive fibre, the only true 180µm fibre available on the market today. The extreme fibre count and reduced diameter of the Sirocco Extreme microduct cables make installation faster and more cost effective.”

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