Prysmian marks return to submarine telecoms with €50 million Chile contract

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Chilean telecom operator Gtd Teleductos S.A. has awarded Prysmian Group a new contract worth around €50 million to develop a turnkey repeaterless submarine cable system connecting Arica to Puerto Montt in Chile.

The contracts have been secured through the group’s submarine telecom division NSW, which became part of Prysmian Group following the acquisition of General Cable. The project involves the design, supply and installation of more than 3,550km of repeaterless fibre optic submarine cables.

Prysmian will supply 11 cable segments of a length ranging from 135km to more than 400 km. These cables will be produced at Prysmian’s production facility in Nordenham, Germany, and delivery is planned by December 2019. The project envisages a repeaterless festoon system that will provide telecommunication connectivity to the whole country, in addition to linking Chile to Central and North America.

This strategic cable system is designed to improve the national telecom and broadband infrastructure, while also connecting many underserved Chilean regions to a high-speed broadband fibre network.

Hakan Ozmen, EVP project BU at Prysmian Group said: ‘This contract represents a significant milestone for Prysmian Group as it is the first submarine telecom interconnection project obtained after the acquisition of General Cable. It marks Prysmian’s return to this business. It not only confirms that Prysmian Group is a preferred partner of choice for submarine projects, but also that it is committed to supporting the development of innovative network infrastructures worldwide.’

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