CONNECTING AUSTRALIA FROM COAST TO COAST
January 2011 – Prysmian has been awarded a major contract by the Australian Government-owned NBN Co Limited for the supply of fibre optic cables for the development of the new national broadband network. The total value of the contract, which has been secured by Prysmian Telecom Cables & Systems Australia Pty Limited, is up to € 223 million (AUD 300 million) over five years, with an initial purchase order of € 112 million (AUD150 million).
With this agreement, Prysmian has become a major fibre cable supplier to the national broadband network, providing a wide range of ribbon and multi-fibre communication cables including termite resistant, rodent-proof and high strength cables. The Australian Government is investing in the creation of a Fibre to the Premise network that will connect 93% of Australia’s residential and business premises with fibre. Through its partnership with NBN Co , Prysmian is helping the Australian Government achieve its vision of a next-generation broadband network, and will be an integral part of the largest national building infrastructure project in Australia’s history.
The Group is a true world leader in telecom cables and connectivity, supplying a comprehensive portfolio of optical cables including OPGW, blown fibre, optical fibre and copper telecom cables. It operates 18 multiple production facilities in four continents, with a production centre in Italy where around 10 million km of optical fibres are produced annually (approx. 5% of the whole worldwide industry production. A strong focus on R&D ensures constant innovation especially for access network solutions, FTTH, FTTx with various bespoke systems to address customer needs. Prysmian has developed a full range of optical fibres including Bend-Insensitive family of CasaLight fibre in compliance with ITU G 657 and offers a complete service from system design through to production and technical support of commissioned cable networks with planning and logistics. The Group has become the partner of choice for companies such as Bharti Airtel, BT, France Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Verizon, Vodafone and Telstra.