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Date: 07/08/2022

STL supports India's 5G push by launching suite of optical products

India based optical fibre manufacturer STL announces launch of comprehensive suite of optical connectivity solutions targeting 5G market in India, where its optical products can make 5G deployment quick, easy and cost-effective. India is expected to have ~200mn 5G subscribers by 2025. The range of optical fibre and cables and interconnect solutions include:

Stellar fibre- G.657.A2 macro-bend insensitive fibre. 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 fibre cable with up to 6912 fibres. This supports faster, easier and cost-optimised network deployments by offering high capacity and better duct space utilisation
Micromodule cable with Micro-Optical Demarcation Closure - highly compact closure optimised for urban deployment. It offers fast, efficient and tool-free installation for both aerial and underground fibre build-outs
Preconnectorised drop cabling solutions - A solution for indoor and outdoor small-cell connectivity; this pre-connectorized solution offers significant time savings during 5G infrastructure build-outs, reducing deployment complexity and the need for specialized labour These optical solutions will enable four core benefits for network creators - scalable and agile operations, faster time-to-market, lower TCO and greener networks, says STL in its release.
STL also said to increase capabilities in 5G-suited optical products, STL is also taking the following initiatives:

Enhancing fibre and cable production capacity - 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 fibre to 50 mn fkm this year and will increase cable capacity to 42 mn fkm in FY23
Manufacturing a new suite of pre-connectorized solutions with a state-of-the-art facility - STL's optical interconnect facility in Dadra, India tackles all field-related complexities and devises integrated solutions for the same
Devising deployment methodology with LEAD 360o - A hyperscale network deployment solution for faster and more efficient 5G-led fibre rollouts
Developing skilled talent pool - STL has been training more than 1,00,000 professionals on 5G technology through STL Academy. It has recently signed a MoU with NASSCOM to increase the number of certified professionals in India ~10X by 2024.

Launching these solutions, Paul Atkinson, CEO, Optical Networking Business, STL, said: "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."