Intelligent CIO North America Issue 15 - Page 64


Prysmian Group experiences strong demand for optical fiber

The Prysmian Group continues to experience strong demand in North America for optical fiber in the telecom sector . density designs enabled by bend-insensitive fibers , for which Prysmian Group is the industry leader .

Prysmian Group , a leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry , is investing US $ 85 million in major equipment and technology upgrades at plants in North America , enabling the company to meet growing production needs for telecom customers .

Most of these investments and upgrades will take place at the Prysmian Group Claremont , North Carolina facility to expand production of optical products . Additionally , the Claremont facility is expected to grow to 620 employees in the next 18 months , adding up to 70 new jobs .
“ Prysmian Group is committed to support the growth necessary to expand access to high-speed broadband in North America ,” said Andrea Pirondini , Chief Executive Officer of Prysmian Group North America .
“ The US Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the Canadian Universal Broadband Fund will also help build local economies and provide access to healthcare services and education opportunities . Prysmian Group continues to experience strong demand in North America for optical fiber in the telecom sector and is proud to play a lead role as an enabler of the Digital Transformation across the country .
“ With these investments , we can continue to meet customer needs in support of 5G development in the US and Canada .”
With a strong legacy in manufacturing optical fiber and cable for a broad range of applications , the group has four telecom production sites in the United States . In particular , the Claremont R & D center is the only one of its kind , co-located in a joint optical fiber and optical fiber cable manufacturing facility .
Products that make Claremont unique as a facility are for example FlexTube and ezMicroduct cables , with exceptional fiber
Thanks to this , the Telecom BU in North America , led by VP Pat Jacobi , supports the growth of major telecoms carriers in the country , thus continuing its tradition as global leader in technology development for new , reliable and efficient broadband networks , providing valuable new capacity and options for telecom network operators .
“ North America is a strategic market for our group , and these investments are inserted into a global plan to increase our capacity to support the Digital Transformation with innovative products , going through the development of new ultra-broadband fiber optic telecommunication networks ,” said Philippe Vanhille , EVP Telecom BU of Prysmian Group .
“ These critical infrastructures must be based on high quality and designed to provide high performance over time so as to be ready for the services of the future like 5G , Smart Cities , smart transportation and smart homes .” p
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