15 June 2018
Valentina Matvienko visited the plant for the Russian optical fiber production
On Friday, June 15th, 2018, the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko visited “Optic fiber Systems” JSC as a part of a working visit to Mordovia.
The General Director of “Optic fiber Systems” JSC Andrey Nikolaev told about the development of the project, the specifics of the product and the conditions that develops in the Russian market of optical fiber consumption. Russia is lagging behind the world leaders in terms of fiber consumption, which indicates a backlog in the development of telecommunication infrastructure - railways, highways are not covered with the communication networks, and the quality of coverage in cities is not ideal. A long-term strategy for the development of communication networks is required with fixed volumes of consumption for both domestic optical fiber and other domestic components of communication networks. Today almost all communication equipment is imported, that creates a significant threat for national security.
Nowadays Russia is actually the only one of the world powers that does not fully own the technology of producing optical fiber and other necessary materials. “Optic fiber Systems” JSC has mastered only a part of the technology – the extraction of optical fiber from preforms, which are currently supplied from Japan. The lack of own production of preforms endangers the sovereignty of the state in this sector, creates risks for the implementation of the national program “Digital Economy of the Russian Federation” and projects for the creation of special purpose communication systems.
Vladimir Volkov, the head of Mordovia, told about tasks that the first optical fiber plant in Russia faces and outlined the need to introduce a project of the second star-up facility - domestic preforms production.
“Optic fiber Systems” JSC (www.rusfiber.ru) – is the first Russian plant manufacturing optical fiber. The plant is situated in Saransk, Mordovia Republic. It was officially opened September 25th, 2015. The shareholders of the company are RUSNANO" JSC, "GPB-High Technologies" LLC, the Government of Mordovia Republic.
Today it is a modern high-tech manufacturing with a capacity of 2,4 million km of optical fiber per year. While based on the scheduled upgrade project the capacity of the plant will be increased to 4 mln kilometers of optical fiber per year.
Currently there are the most popular types of the fiber – optical fibers of G652d and G657A1/G652d standards - are serially produced at the plant. The both types of the fiber are certified and were successfully tested by OJCS Rostelecom. Optical fibers of other types are planned to produce.