Prysmian Group Introduces New Ultra-Compact, Flexible Ribbon Technology

Created July 31, 2018
Technologies and Products

Prysmian Group has rolled out of two enhancements to its line of FlexRibbon products. The new line of products, which feature MassLink with FlexRibbon technology, are aimed at large-scale data centres. Designed to maximise fibre density and duct space utilization, Prysmian’s MassLin with FlexRibbon Technology products compact the maximum fibre count into the smallest cable possible by using extremely flexible fibre ribbons that can be rolled up for high packing densities or laid flat for ribbon splicing. The new 1728 and 3456 fibre count FlexRibbon products feature an ultra-compact outside plant cable design that contains bend insensitive fibres, small enough to fit into a 31.75mm and 38.1mm duct, respectively.

Philippe Vanhille, SVP Telecom Business of Prysmian Group says, “As the demand for more powerful, higher-density cables continues to increase, this latest offering will be a key asset for large companies to navigate underground duct networks.”

The smaller diameter and lighter weight cables have high kink resistance and increased flexibility, which allows for easier installation and the use of smaller ducts. In the case of the 1728 fibre design, there is a 21% smaller diameter, a reduction of 38% of volume over traditional flat ribbon designs. While the new FlexRibbon products provide high packing density, they also feature 200 and 250-micron fibre ribbons that still provide the advantages of mass fusion splicing.

“We began development of our FlexRibbon Technology product line to meet the needs of our main customers in North America requiring high fibre counts and fibre density, where ultra-compact design and efficient installation are necessities,” says Toni Bosch, Vice President of Telecom Solutions for Prysmian Group. “We have continued to heavily invest in the R&D of FlexRibbon technology, employing the most advanced equipment, which has led to the development of these new FlexRibbon product offerings to be now offered to our customers worldwide.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.