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STL launches Optical Connectivity solutions for ubiquitous broadband coverage in the UK

STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, launched two cutting-edge optical solutions at Connected Britain 2021. The solutions — Ribbon Cable and Management solution and an Ultra lightweight Aerial Micromodule Cable — will be a part of Opticonn, STL’s end-to-end optical connectivity solution, and will pave the way for advanced fibre infrastructure and fast broadband rollouts.

As service providers look to facilitate faster and deeper fiberisation for the digital networks, they need optical solutions that are compatible with their existing network architecture, support the scale and connectivity needs of tomorrow and are easy to deploy. With its state-of-the-art research and development capabilities, STL has stepped up and led the way through best-in-class innovations in Ribbon and Micro module technologies to support these requirements.

STL’s Ribbon Cable and Management solution includes Stellar, an industry leading bend-insensitive fibre with 9.1-micron Mode Field Diameter, bundled in Celesta, a high-density Intelligently Bonded Ribbon (IBR) cable, and connected with a high-density ribbon splice management solution. This splice management solution doubles the density of the splice closure compared to conventional single fibre splicing whilst maintaining the single element fibre management philosophy that became the European standards decades ago. With a 432 high fibre count design, this cutting-edge solution enables deskilling and leads to reduced form factor inside ducts or manholes driving faster FTTH deployment, reducing up to 30 – 40 manhours per km. These efficiencies can translate into cost savings to the tune of 15 million pounds annually.

STL’s Ultra lightweight Aerial Cables come with kink-free micromodule technology, which makes them quick to strip, join and install. The cable ensures a safe overhead work environment and lowers the risk of life and property damage when subjected to accidental or environmental impact. This cable is complemented with Micro Optical Demarcation Closure, which enables cross-compatibility and easy transition between aerial and underground links while ensuring reduced real-estate consumption on poles and underground chambers. The solutions were launched at STL’s booth at Connected Britain by Jeremy Chelot, CEO, Netomina.

Commenting on the launch of the products, Rahul Puri, Business Head, Europe, STL, said, “These solutions add to our Opticonn portfolio and drive faster, more cost-efficient network rollouts by addressing the problem of compatibility with legacy networks and enabling quick and simple cable installation. By providing a robust optical connectivity infrastructure for the service providers, these solutions will pave the way for ubiquitous urban and rural broadband connectivity.”