Mark Bauer, CEO
Last year around 900 people in British Columbia lost their internet connection for almost 36 hours and the reason for it was cable-chewing beavers. The beavers chewed through some of the underground fiber optic cables and then built a dam out of the material. Thus, companies anticipate that the newly relayed optical fibers will be reinstalled with protection that will withstand the future. However, among many potential natural influences, the protection must be a match for a beaver with its powerful teeth, and this naturally takes us to the NBG Group. The NBG Group is an independent company specializing in delivering smart, custom fiber optic solutions with varying degrees of resilience to perform in even the most challenging environments.
Founded in 1996, NBG is focused on customized fiber optic products. The group has over 220 employees with headquarters in Austria and subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, United States, and Germany. An international network of partners enables the group to distribute its products efficiently worldwide. For more than 25 years, the company has pioneered innovation in fiber optic technology. They deliver custom cables that perform in any environment, from the telecom industry to the high-temperature and testing oil & gas industry, and from fiber optic sensor technology to home solutions and installations.
The construction of NBG’s New Cladding Line for 50 km Fiber Optic Cable showcases their constant effort to stay relevant in the industry. The company is in the development of the New Clading Line to increase the capacity with a state-of-the-art cladding line at their facilities in Austria. The new line will produce FIMTs of longer lengths.
This will enable the company to make FIMT with an incredibly high fiber count of 192 fibers and an extended continuous length of upto 50 km, potentially increasing to 100km soon. These FIMTs are suitable for marine environments in particular where deployment is costly and durability is paramount.
Though fiber optic cables are responsible for around 99 percent of the international data transmission, its importance extends beyond that: hybrid designs can include power transmission, and specific solutions can perform in incredibly challenging environments. In addition to data transmission, the optical fiber within FIMT serves as a sensor providing valuable data during deployment and exploitation of the subsea cable. Readings such as strain on the line are of prime importance during deployment. Using the fibers as acoustic sensors or temperature sensors post-deployment enables operators to accurately monitor the cable for faults.
NBG Group works with the mission to connect the world with their high-quality, state-of-the-art fiber optic products and transfer intelligence to critical areas
The entire system will be up and running in the year 2022. The new production line gives them more flexibility to react faster in the market, reducing our lead times further without compromising their exceptional standards. In addition, NBG is a fully independent producer in Europe, and they produce optical fiber, passive equipment, and complete sensing solutions. NBG’s FIMT is entirely customizable to suit the precise demands of each particular challenge, depending on the application requirements and the number of fibers, the tube dimensions, materials, and build change from project to project.
NBG Group works with the mission to connect the world with their high-quality, state-of-the-art fiber optic products and transfer intelligence to critical areas. The company has always pioneered innovation and new technology at their R&D center, creating new products with cutting-edge materials and methods and helping to define the future with their work in fiber optic sensing.