Prysmian Group has announced an extension to its partnership with Openreach, with a new three-year contract. In a press release regarding the development, Prysmian Group said it will provide ‘innovation and expertise’ to support Openreach’s updated full fibre broadband build plan, under which the British company aims to reach a total of 25 million premises via fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology.
Within the framework of this renewed partnership, Openreach recently undertook a live trial at Stonehaven in Scotland using the double overblow installation method developed by Prysmian Group. According to the vendor, this Karona installation technique enables the installation of high-density optical fibre cable into pre-existing sub-ducted routes, already containing legacy cable.
Commenting on the matter, Marcello Del Brenna, CEO Prysmian Group UK, said: ‘Prysmian has been a partner with Openreach for over 50 years. This latest contract reflects the positive impact our working relationship has had on the UK’s digital networks infrastructure.’ Meanwhile, Matthew Hemmings, MD for Fibre and Network Delivery at Openreach, added: ‘Building a new broadband network across the UK is a hugely complex, nationwide engineering project … We place huge importance in our partner network and seek long-term and strategic collaborations. Prysmian is a great example of this and this sustained partnership means we can benefit from its teams’ skills and innovation to help us build Full Fibre even further.’