Dutch national telecoms operator KPN has awarded Prysmian Telecom Cables and Systems a frame contract for the supply of upgradeable copper telecom cables to enable the carrier to migrate to an optical network. Prysmian has developed ‘last mile’ cabling that can be removed in situ to allow for optical fibres to be inserted in the vacant conduit. Although many other European operators are evaluating fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) alternatives, KPN is opting for an upgradeable system that will allow it to move to optical networking in the future.
Prysmian is a leading developer of cable systems in both the telecoms and energy sectors. It has 52 production units and 12,500 staff spanning more than 20 countries and five continents. It supplies the industry with a portfolio of products including optical fibre and optical cable, its sirocco blown fibre system, copper cable, premises/data cable and connectivity hardware.