Stokab is carrying out a major expansion of Stockholm's FTTX optical fibre infrastructure to enable it to provide high speed broadband to households. Nexans successfully fought off stiff competition to retain its position as Stokab's main supplier of fibre optic installation equipment. The new contract covers products such as pre-assembled ODFs and related components used to construct urban nodes. The existing Nexans contract for optical fibre cables, of the ribbon slotted core type, has also been extended by one year.
Crowned as the intelligent community of the year 2009 by ICF (The Intelligent Community Forum), Stockholm will be equipped with another innovation provided by Stokab. It has created a unique infrastructure in the Stockholm and Lake Mälaren Region, rolling out what is probably the world's largest open fibre optic communication network. Stokab leases fibre connections to its customers, ranging from operators and service providers to companies and public organisations. Even though the geographical coverage in the region is already very extensive, Stokab is constantly expanding and filling in the network in Stockholm. The aim is to reach every household and offer a network connection to all property owners and co-operatives.
Nexans has a long standing relationship with Stokab as a major supplier of optical fibre equipment. Between 2007 and 2009, Nexans supplied installation equipment and optical fibre cables for Stokab's "Allmännyttan" (Public Housing) project, which involved expanding the infrastructure for the City of Stockholm's Housing Service (almost 100,000 flats in total).
"Nexans has consistently met our high quality requirements, and is always very responsive to our requests for new products. Our continuing cooperation guarantees that our network will maintain its world-class status into the future," says Anders Broberg, Communication Director at Stokab.
"We are delighted that Stokab chose Nexans as their partner in this project. Stokab has played an important part in product development at Nexans over the last 15 years," says Stefan Olsson, Country Manager of Nexans Sweden. "Our renewed contract with Stokab further consolidates our close collaboration, and is proof that Stokab appreciates our reliable deliveries and innovative products".
The pre-assembled ODFs and related mechanical components are mainly manufactured at various Nexans plants in Sweden. Some of the subcomponents are manufactured by Nexans partners in Asia. The optical fibre cables are manufactured at the Nexans production facility in Grimsås. The deliveries will start immediately.