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Draka Launches the Smallest Central Tube Cables in the Market

Categories: Press Release
19 Jun 2020

Prysmian Group, the acknowledged world leader in optical fibre core and fibre optic cable manufacturing, has dramatically revised the design of the Draka E-Series fibre cables, which form part of the Draka Universal Cabling System. The central tube of up to 24 fibre family of cables now comes with a 20% reduction in outer diameters, making it the smallest cable available in its class.

The Draka E-Series suite of cables are also the only non-metallic cables with gel-filled tubes that carry Cca & B2ca CPR ratings. Having gel-filled tubes provides true internal and external water-blocking with increased robustness and immunity to mechanical and environmental effects.

During installation, the pulling process of optical cables can increase fibre strain, leading to more stress on fibres and ultimately reducing their operational lifetime. To improve ease and reliability of installation, Prysmian has doubled the tensile strength of all the E-Series variants. The metallic armoured design has increased from 1,000 N to 3,000 N and the gel filled non-metallic armoured from 1,500 N to 3,000 N.

Martin Ashton, UK Sales Manager, explains “It is an exciting time for Draka. This significant upgrade is part of an on-going commitment to ensure the Universal Cabling System comprises class leading cabling technologies with the full support of Prysmian Group.” Prysmian Group continues to invest heavily in the Draka Universal Cabling System research and development and into its advanced production technologies.

The Draka E-Series portfolio includes internal and external and both non-metallic and metallic armoured central tube cables. All cables meet the requirements of ISO 118011, EN 50173-1:2002, IEC 60794-1, TIA GR20, ICEA 640 and ICEA 696.

Draka's structured cabling products are available through distribution partners: Comms Centre, Comtec, Dunasfern and Precision Cables.

For more information on the latest Draka E-Series central tube cables, please go to: compact-improved-tensile-strength


Prysmian Group Prysmian Group is the world market leader in power and telecommunications cables and systems. With more than 140 years of experience, sales of over 11 billion euros (pro forma as of December 31, 2017) and around 30,000 employees in 50 countries and 112 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and supplies a highly comprehensive range of products, services, technology and know-how.

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