Looking to meet international demand for the ongoing shortage of fiber optic cable, one of India's leading fiber manufacturers today unveiled plans to build a fiber factory for local and international customers.
Doors to the factory are slated to open in April 2019, according to a release from Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd. (HFCL). On Monday, vendor executives placed the foundation for the optical fiber plant, located in Fab City, Telangan.
The new facility is expected to produce 6.4 km -- or about 4 million miles -- of fiber annually, according to HFCL. HFCL operates other fiber factories at its Goa plant and at Chennai via subsidiary HTL Ltd.; The new factory's results will be about the same output as the vendor's Goa factory, which manufactures approximately 6 km yearly (3.73 miles).
"In recent years, the demand for fiber has risen sharply across the world and it is anticipated that demand for fiber will continue to grow over the next decade owing to the increased data consumption from consumers and a major boost from government projects like National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), Network for Spectrum (NFS) National Knowledge Network, development of WiFi enabled smart cities and IT implementation in [India's] postal department," said Mahendra Nahata, HFCL managing director, in a statement.
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