STL announced a 160-micron optical fiber developed in India. This product meets telecom-grade optical performance standards and complies with the ITU G.657A2 standard. This
STL said its 160-micron fibre packs more capacity in limited duct space with a reduced diameter cable of 6.4mm (~32% reduction compared to 250-micron fibre).
The new fibre is expected to have a major impact on India’s broadband landscape. For example – In a large-scale project like Bharatnet, where India needs to deploy ~20 Million fibre km cable by 2025, using 160-micron fibre instead of the standard 250-micron fibre can potentially reduce the deployment time by ~15%. This enables the use of ducts with a smaller diameter, thereby reducing the plastic footprint in the ground by ~30%.