STL has launched a comprehensive suite of optical connectivity solutions to empower India's 5G readiness.
Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) has launched a comprehensive suite of optical connectivity solutions to empower India’s 5G readiness. With recently held spectrum auctions, India is at a key point in its 5G connectivity and is expected to have around 200 million 5G subscribers by 2025.
The industry requires state-of-the-art optical products that can make 5G deployment quick, easy and cost-effective. For the past couple of years, STL has been gearing up for India’s 5G revolution. The company is breaking new grounds in 5G technology with homegrown optical connectivity solutions. Continuing the momentum, STL announced a suite of compatible optical connectivity products to boost India’s 5G readiness, comprising a range of optical fiber and cables and interconnect solutions. These include: Stellar fiber, a G.657.A2 macro-bend insensitive fiber. It is compatible with legacy 4G and optical metro networks comprising G.657.A1 and G.652D; Celesta Intelligently Bonded Ribbon Cable combined with Compact Optical Ribbon Closure (CORC), a high-density optical fiber cable with up to 6912 fibers; the micromodule cable with micro-optical demarcation closure, a highly compact closure optimized for urban deployment; and preconnectorised drop cabling solutions for indoor and outdoor small-cell connectivity.
To increase capabilities in 5G-suited optical products, STL is also enhancing its fiber and cable production capacity, manufacturing a new suite of pre-connectorized solutions at a state-of-the-art facility, devising deployment methodology with LEAD 360o, and developing skilled talent pool.
5G will require large-scale OFC deployment. Anticipating this demand, STL has been ramping up its capacities over the past few quarters. It is planning to raise the production capacity of optical fiber to 50 million fiber kilometers this year and will increase cable capacity to 42 million fiber kilometers in 2023. Meanwhile, STL’s optical interconnect facility in Dadra will tackle all field-related complexities and devises integrated solutions for the same.
Finally, STL has also been training more than 100,000 professionals on 5G technology through STL Academy. It has recently signed a MoU with NASSCOM to increase the number of certified professionals in India by around 10X by 2024.
“We believe our optical solutions will make India accelerate towards 5G connectivity. We will continue to build innovative, cost-effective products to enable accelerated network rollouts for a seamless user experience and empower digital transformation at scale, connecting billions,” said Paul Atkinson, CEO, Optical Networking Business, STL.