STL launches multicore fiber and cable in India, raising optical connectivity stakes

Oct. 5, 2022
STL said its Multiverse optical connectivity design leverages space division multiplexing to gain 4X transmission capacity per fiber, within the same diameter.
Stl Multiverse

STL (NSE: STLTECH) on Oct. 2 launched what is India's debut multicore fiber and cable product. The company contends its Multiverse multicore fiber and cable's "breakthrough innovation will change the optical connectivity landscape of India," in terms of being "a game changer for 5G, quantum computing and data center connectivity."

The company said its Multiverse cabling product was conceptualized and developed indigenously at STL's Centre of Excellence in Maharashtra via the country's top interdisciplinary R&D experts. STL said its Multiverse optical connectivity design leverages space division multiplexing to gain 4X transmission capacity per fiber, within the same diameter.

STL maintains its Multiverse offering contains features that can revolutionize connectivity for network builders, specifically including:

  • High capacity per 5G cell site - The technology can connect multiple radio heads through a single multicore fiber and reduce the cabling footprint for 5G networks,
  • Quad-core fiber connectivity in data centers -Today most advanced fiber cables have ~7000 cores. This advancement takes it up to ~28000 cores, thereby powering connectivity for warehouse-scale computing
  • Quantum communication feasibility - The growth of quantum communication is expected to support the co-existence of quantum communication and telecommunication channels. STL maintains that multicore fiber offers exciting possibilities in this emerging area.
  • Carbon footprint reduction - As the company's "greenest-ever optical fiber," according to STL, Multiverse reduces cable surface area by ~75% and plastic in the ground by ~10%.

Commenting on the product launch, Dr Badri Gomatam, CTO of STL, said:

"We have been doing deep research on optical fiber for over 15 years. In the last three years, we have been able to excel in Multicore technology and indigenously developed this product. We are proud to be the first in India to launch this. STL's Multiverse will revolutionize 5G and data center connectivity, actualize quantum computing at scale and make the internet greener."

Speaking at the Multiverse product launch, Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel, said:

"I am excited to see this optical fiber innovation from a homegrown company. STL's Multiverse fiber and cable will enable 4X capacity and play a vital role in 5G scale-up. I wish STL all the very best for their efforts towards supporting network build outs."

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