17 February 2003 -- Pirelli Telecom Cables & Systems has appointed Dublin-based Wood Communications - founded in 1924 - as a distributor for the DeskWave range of optical data cables in the Republic of Ireland.
Overseas market development manager at Pirelli UK, Adrian Austin, said: "the strategic appointment of Wood Communications is a clear reflection of Pirelli's commitment to fully service and support the needs of the Irish market. The strengths of Wood Communications as a pro-active solutions provider, with a strong local presence and an enthusiasm to succeed are well matched to Pirelli's ability to engineer and deliver innovative communication solutions."
The Pirelli DeskWave products are primarily intended for LANs and other premise applications such as offices, banks, factories, hospitals, university campuses and defence establishments. Cables are available for use indoors or for external networks or "universal" cables suitable for connections involving indoor and outdoor sections, avoiding splicing at building entry. The standard ranges go from one to 48 fibres for these environments with a range of alternative fibre types. Special designs can be supplied to meet higher-fibre-count applications or composite cables with copper and optical elements or more than one fibre type for future proofing.
"Pirelli have been making cable for over 130-years" explained John Price, managing director of Wood Communications. "They probably offer the widest portfolio of products available from any cable manufacturer in the world, although we will be stocking only a very small range of Pirelli products, the ones that are targeted directly at the data/premise market where our position is strong."
Austin adds: "With our DeskWave range and the complementary portfolio of Sirocco blown fibre products available ex-stock from Wood Communications, Irish customers will be able to get their optical networks in place sooner. We have supplied optical cables into the Irish market for many years through a number of different channels, much of it direct to operators. We consider that this agreement with Wood Communications will help us achieve much better penetration of the premise market".