AngaCom 2023: Prysmian launches Ecoslim™, using up to 90% recycled plastic

Created May 30, 2023
Technologies and Products

Prysmian Group, has launched Ecoslim™, a sustainable telecommunication system using Sirocco HD and Sirocco Extreme (XT) optical cables which are available with up to 864 optical fibres. Sirocco HD cables are made with 50% less plastics and up to 25% smaller in diameter, in line with the Group’s commitment to increase the amount of recycled material in its products.

Ecoslim™ uses the new generation of Easenet microducts which are up to 90% made of reclaimed HDPE, resulting in up to 50% less usage of virgin plastics compared to the conventional duct solutions. In specific cases that have already been deployed in the Netherlands, 14/10mm ducts have been replaced with smaller diameter 10/7mm ducts for the installation of Sirocco HD and Sirocco Extreme cables with up to 192 optical fibres, enabling longer lengths of both cable and ducts to be stored on a drum, resulting in up to 60% drum quantity reduction, therefore also reducing number of truckloads and warehouse space by 60%. The company says limited space for installation, its upscaling volumes and need for higher performance with less impact on environment are a few of today’s FTTx construction challenges. In response, Prysmian Group says it is focusing on development of solutions which are more efficient yet with lower environmental impact.

“Network owners move towards shifting the task for greener networks to suppliers and installers, and Prysmian Group is ready to answer this challenge with Ecoslim™”, says Philippe Vanhille, executive vice president Telecom Division at Prysmian Group, “The solution shows stronger performance and efficiency, and with record fibre density of Sirocco HD or Sirocco Extreme cables allows network owners and providers to transmit even more data through the available duct infrastructure.”

Prysmian also says Ecoslim™ shows efficiency improvement in trench and cable installation. Reduced diameters of the Ecoslim™ system allow micro trenching and avoid wide trenches usually required for high volume of ducts, which is beneficial especially in overcrowded areas, resulting in less civil works and reduction of spoil by 50%. Since 2020 when the first pilot with the Dutch operator KPN proved to be successful, together with Open Dutch Fibre (ODF) more than 300,000 houses have been connected, along with growing interest in the Scandinavian countries.

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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.