Prysmian scores another world record in Telecom Networks
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
Highest capacity underwater optical cable deployed in Hong Kong to provide new data centre broadband connection
Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry,
scores another world record after delivering the densest and highest
fibre count underwater optical cable ever made. An underwater FlexTube®
cable containing 1,728 optical fibres was successfully deployed by the
Australian telecommunications provider Superloop for its TKO Express
project, to provide broadband connection between the areas of Siu Sai
Wan on Hong Kong Island and the data centre hub of Tseung Kwan O (TKO)
Industrial Estate on the mainland. The previous record was set in 2014,
when Prysmian manufactured an underwater FlexTube® cable with 720
“We are extremely proud to be part of such an amazing
project, to contribute to history by designing and making something that
perfectly fits the need of our customer. Connecting Hong-Kong is
connecting the world,” said Philippe Vanhille, Senior Vice President
Telecom at Prysmian Group.
As Frederick Persson, CEO at Prysmian
Australia said, “It required a strict coordination of resources and
processes. We wanted to make sure our customer tight deadlines were
achieved. We understood the significant, positive impact this cable had
to their business in Hong Kong and we have delivered”.
complete the project, Prysmian used its strength as a global
manufacturer with effective intercompany cooperation. The base 1728f
FlexTube® cable was made in Europe, in the Calais, France factory. It
was then airfreighted to Australia to apply additional layers of
moisture barriers and aluminium tape in the Dee Why, Sydney factory. To
ensure that the cable was up to the rigours of being buried up to 5m in
to the Hong Kong seabed, double armouring layers of wrapped steel wires
were applied. A final sheath was applied at the Group’s Liverpool plant,
located west of Sydney. The project commenced over two years ago with
the first design of the cable. The manufacturing process took almost six
months, shipping the cable to Hong Kong early last December.
has been able to manufacture the densest and most compact underwater
cable ever made thanks to the co-operation between local and overseas
Prysmian affiliates, combined with our specific technical requirements,”
said Matt Whitlock COO at Superloop. “Seeing the cable being
manufactured in France, processed in two different plants in Australia
and then transported on a plane to Hong Kong was simply fantastic.
Prysmian has proven its ability to master the engineering challenges of
submarine cable construction and installation and then to deliver a 15T
drum on time.” Mr. Whitlock added.
“It was a logistics
challenge indeed”, continues Frederick Persson, “airfreighting a drum
weighing 15 Tonnes was something that we have never done before. But we
mastered it and the drum was successfully delivered to the TKO Port
three days before the promised date. It has been definitely great
success for both companies”.
With this project Prysmian
continues to prove that it truly is a global manufacturer that leverages
on its worldwide knowledge and capabilities to respond to the always
growing technological challenges.
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