Nexans, Emtelle partner on €65 million Swedish government contract
Nexans has been awarded a €65 million contract to supply optical fibre solutions for the Swedish government’s Transport Administration, Trafikverket. The cable solutions will be used with microducts and microduct bundles from Emtelle in rail projects as the Swedish government continues to develop FTTX networks throughout the country.
As part of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), these networks carry data between remote locations and control centres, allowing to monitor and optimise traffic while improving user safety. In additions, the highway and rail telecommunication network in Sweden serves as a foundation of trunk capacity providing additional data transmission capacity for local telecom operators. The companies will supply Trafikverket with a complete fibre optic solution, fully compatible with existing rail networks, which also meets the customer’s strict requirements for exceptional blowing performance of fibre cables into the microducts.
Christer Larsson, head of sales for telecom for Nordic countries at Nexans commented: ‘Nexans is proud to contribute to the upgrade of the Swedish rail network with the innovative range of fibre solutions, building on our local manufacturing presence.’ Added Colin Kirkpatrick, European business development director at Emtelle: ‘The main beauty of our microducts and microduct bundles is that they boost operators’ capacity, with minimal disruption thanks to the reduced installation time, while reducing ongoing operational costs and optimising total cost of ownership.’
Delivery work will begin early next year, with completion likely by 2029.
Nexans recently supplied fibre to the office infrastructure to Athens City Hall to help provide an energy saving of between 42 and 45 per cent (see Nexans supplies fibre infrastructure for historic Athens building). Meanwhile Emtelle’s Simon Wade was recently presented with the Outstanding Individual Contribution award at the inaugural INCA Awards in London (See The alternative road ahead).