Nexans presents its new low-voltage hybrid cable

The "X-LINKED™" cable creates synergies when it comes to the expansion of the energy and information infrastructure

Hanover, April 4, 2011 – The new Nexans low-voltage hybrid cable "X-LINKED™" allows you to combine the redevelopment or expansion of a low-voltage network with the preparation for a high-performance information infrastructure without the need for additional civil engineering work. In addition to the four aluminium conductors for energy transmission, X-LINKED™ also contains a reserve conduit, which is clipped onto the cable. Up to 144 glass fibres can be subsequently inserted into this conduit. The hybrid cable thus creates the optimal prerequisites for a fibre-optic-supported communication network (FTTH, fibre to the home). Besides installation in a conduit system, it is also suit-able for open installation. Furthermore, the cable is also suitable for back-filling with sand. Parallel installations of reserve conduits are thus to a large extent a thing of the past thanks to the new cable.

The presented low-voltage hybrid cable, which has cross-sections ranging between 4x35 mm² and 4x150 mm², is characterised by it flexible handling. The reserve conduit device can thus, for example, also be detached from the power cable after installation; this allows for subsequent simple fitting of tap joints for service connections. Economic advantages, in particular, become evident during the expansion of FTTx structures, as the investment costs for cables, conduits and installation can be reduced by on average 30% compared to separate solutions or conventional cables in the case of service, i.e. household, connections with a secondary substation.

"We are delighted", says Dr. Francis Krähenbühl, CEO Nexans Deutschland, "that the presentation of our new hybrid cable has coincided with a recent recommendation from Matthias Kurth, President of the Federal Network Agency. He spoke of the advantages of also laying additional reserve conduits for fibre-optic cables when installing new power cables. In addition, public utility companies or local network operators will subsequently have at their disposal completely new service options and sources of income thanks to X-LINKED™, for example the rental of their own fibre-topic cable network or the devel-opment of Internet offerings for their end customers."

Nexans Deutschland will be presenting the new low-voltage hybrid cable X-LINKED™ at the Hannover Messe trade fair (April 4-8, 2011, hall 13, stand C99).

X-Linked™ Installation in a 250-m-long conduit system         X-Linked™: Efficient installation

Besides four aluminium conductors for energy transmission, the Nexans low-voltage hybrid cable of the type X-LINKED™ includes a reserve conduit, which is adapted to the power cable and can accommodate up to 144 glass fibres. Parallel installation of the cable and conduit is no longer necessary thanks to the hybrid cable. The energy cable and conduit can now be installed in the one work step.

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