Cable manufacturer Prysmian Group has announced it has been awarded a contract by Telecom Argentina to supply and install an optical network that will provide the passive infrastructure for the first part of the telco’s new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. In response to growing consumer demand for faster internet, Telecom Argentina is expanding its broadband services by deploying a FTTH network utilising GPON technology, with network rollout focused mainly on the city of Buenos Aires. Under the contract, Prysmian Group will build a network serving 4,000 homes; work will start immediately and will continue over a two-year period, during which time Telecom Argentina will continue to formulate the next stages of its broadband rollout. Products to be supplied as part of the contract include all of the necessary optical cables, together with a wide range of passive connectivity components in order to provide the full end-to-end passive network. The firm is working with installation contractor Valtellina Sud America which will conduct the system installation activities.
‘This is a highly significant project for both Telecom Argentina and Prysmian Group,’ commented Gustavo Etchepare, CEO of Prysmian Group in Argentina, adding: ‘Consumer demand for greater bandwidth continues to grow and the only true future proof way of keeping pace with this demand is to install optical fibre closer and closer to the final customer. Telecom Argentina recognises this and we are both delighted to be working with them on this project and determined to provide them with the system they need to meet their customer needs both now and well into the future.’