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Russian optical fiber producer challenges importers?

27 Apr '17
Optic Fiber Systems, a Russian company, is reported to be ready to meet up to 50% of the domestic market’s demand for optical fiber. By now, the Russian market was 100% supplied from imports.

Optic Fiber Systems has partnered for rigorous testing procedures with Rostelecom, the national telecom provider, and VNIIKP, a leading domestic research institute providing R&D for the Russian cable industry.

Optic Fiber Systems produces optical fiber by making fine 0.125mm thick filaments from heated synthetic quartz, shielding it with a protective cover afterwards.

Russia’s pioneering telecom quality optical fiber production was launched in September 2015 in Saransk, the capital city of the Republic of Mordovia in the mid-Volga area. The key driver and investor in this $58m project was Rusnano, Russia's nanotech giant, leading with its $28m contribution a consortium that also included Gazprombank, a major Russian bank, and the Mordovian regional authorities.

The new factory began churning out optical fiber in Q4 2016 with a capacity of 100,000+ kilometers of fiber a month, half of what the facility can manufacture and 25% of what the Russian market requires. Before that, Russian telecoms and other customers had only been importing the product.
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