Prysmian launches 864-fiber version of Sirocco HD microduct cable

Jan. 19, 2023
The new cable squeezes the 864 fibers into a diameter of 11.0 mm, which produces a fiber density of 9.1 fibers per square millimeter.

Prysmian Group says it now offers an 864-fiber version of its Sirocco HD microduct cables. The new cable squeezes the 864 fibers into a diameter of 11.0 mm, which produces a fiber density of 9.1 fibers per square millimeter. The fiber cable can be installed into a 13-mm duct, according to the company.

The new Sirocco HD microduct cables come with Prysmian’s BendBright-A2 200-µm single-mode (ITU-T G.657.D, G.657.A2) bend-insensitive fiber. “Bend-insensitive fiber-optic cables will be crucial for the building of full-fiber networks,” commented Ian Griffiths, global R&D vice president, Telecom Business, at Prysmian Group. “The extreme fiber count and reduced diameter of the Sirocco HD microduct cables make installation faster and more cost-effective. The cables are also sustainable as they are designed for installation into microducts, making them easily deployable in future-fit solutions such as high-density access, FTTx, and 5G networks.”

The new cable means the Sirocco HD cable family now runs from 96 to 864 fibers. Prysmian says that use of the company’s proprietary PicoTube technology enables the cables to be up to 20% smaller than previously available microduct cables. The reduced diameters and increased fiber densities both help save costs and help networks owners and builders reduce carbon and environmental footprints to meet sustainability goals and requirements.

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