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1.1 Definition and presentation

Optical fiber is an infrastructure consisting of a cable within which there are very thin transparent glass fiber filaments, which are wrapped in a small sheath of materialinsulation.

Optical fiber constitutes a state-of-the-art technology used in the transmission of data at very high speeds, almost close to that of light. In the past, it was used to make colored lamps, but it has already been exploited by telecommunications companies for a few decades as a substitute for classic copper cables. As of today, about 80 percent of Internet information, images on television and conversations that occur by telephone travel through fiber optic infrastructure.

Currently, the global fiber optic market is worth about $4.5 billion, but it is expected to grow to reach a value of $8.6 billion by 2027, registering, thus, an annual growth rate of 9.3 percent. While this market is already abundantly developed in North America and Europe, relentless growth is expected with regard to countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa due to the economic-industrial progress these territories are witnessing.

By the end of 2021, Italy is expected to take third place in the ranking of European countries in terms of widespread coverage of fiber optic infrastructure and second place in terms of percentage growth in this regard. As of today, in fact, the fiber optic network is already spread over a high share of the Italian territory, mainly thanks to relevant national programs and targets set at the European Union level for 2025.

A key role, in the relentless growth recorded in the fiber optic market, has been played by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led a large number of investors to opt for the use of this technology in order to upgrade communication lines to support the growing traffic.

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Draka Comteq, a Prysmian subsidiary, closes its Calais site - 25/11/2023
  • The Draka Comteq plant in Calais employs 82 people.
  • The closure of the plant was announced on November 20.
  • The plant's activity has decreased by 20% per year since 2022.
  • Another Prysmian entity in Douvrin (Pas-de-Calais) employs over 350 people.
  • The Prysmian group has over 50 countries, 112 operating sites and 29,000 employees.
  • Prysmian Group sales exceed 11 billion euros.
The cable industry weakened by rising energy and raw material costs - 11/08/2023
  • There are some fifteen cable manufacturers in France.
  • These manufacturers operate some fifty plants across the country.
  • The sector employs some 7,000 people in France.
  • Sales by Sycabel members have risen by 10% to reach 3.8 billion euros in 2022.
  • Excluding submarine cables, sales are up by 3%.
  • Energy and raw materials account for up to 80% of cable production costs.
  • Business in fiber optic cables is expected to decline by 20% in 2022, due to the slowdown in the roll-out of very high-speed broadband.
  • France is capable of supplying all the country's cable needs, and exports a third of its production.
Prysmian doubles its production capacity for recyclable cables in the Yonne region of France - 20/06/2023
  • Sharp increase in transmission and interconnection requirements.
  • Production capacity: Doubled for the new P-laser ecological cable.
  • Investment: 61 million euros
  • Prysmian World leader in the manufacture of cables and systems for energy and telecommunications
  • Prysmian Group figures :
    • 108 industrial sites (including 10 in France)
    • 30,000 employees
    • Sales of 16 billion euros by 2022 .
Iliad steps up its circular economy efforts - 06/05/2023
  • 1 billion euros over 15 years to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2035.
  • Expected lifespan of a Free Internet box: 10 years.
  • The Freebox Pop uses 4 times less materials than the Freebox Revolution.
  • 45 tons of granulates from Free remote controls reinjected into children's playgrounds.
  • 30% of Free's new mobile sites equipped with reconditioned antennas by 2025.
  • 50% of Scaleway data center hard drives reused beyond their first life cycle.
  • 14,000 servers processed under the Transformers project by 2022, with 80% reused, saving 8,800 tonnes of CO2.
Reynaud (Iliad) aims to become one of Europe's top three telecom operators - 17/03/2023
  • - Iliad sales growth of 6.9% over the past year, to 8.4 billion euros.
  • - 255,000 fixed-line subscribers and 607,000 mobile subscribers.
  • - 46 million subscribers on the European continent
  • - 10 million households connected to fiber in Italy.
  • - Ebitda up 8.0% year-on-year, to 3.3 billion euros.
  • - 11 billion euros: Iliad bid to buy Vodafone's operations in Italy - 6th largest operator on the continent

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