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Corning Cable Systems Awarded Passive Solutions for Australian NBN Fiber to the Home Deployment


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, – Corning Cable Systems Pty. Ltd., part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE: GLW) Telecommunications segment, today announced that Corning has been selected as a primary NBN Co supplier of optical fiber cable and hardware for the Australian government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative to bring high-speed broadband services nationwide.

NBN intends to pass 93 percent of Australian homes and businesses (roughly 10 million) with an open-access network providing download speeds of 100 megabits per second within the next 10 years. Corning and NBN Co have signed a contract for the supply of optical cable and hardware that could be valued at up to AUS $1.2 billion over the contract period with an initial purchase commitment of AUS $400 million. An additional tender will be issued for the second half of the deployment at a later date.

Corning is a world leader in the manufacture of optical connectivity solutions for communications networks. Having participated in Australian FTTH builds since 2005 including the launch of NBN in Tasmania, Corning Cable Systems Australia has crafted a country-specific solution set that will be able to withstand the various environments found throughout the Australian landscape. Use of the FlexNAP™ terminal distribution system with RPX™ ribbon cable for aerial installations and ALTOS® ribbon cable featuring the industry’s best performing enhanced low-loss ITU-T G.652.D compliant SMF-28e+® LL fiber for underground installations will ensure a successful deployment.

“Corning is delighted to have been selected as a major strategic partner for NBN Co. The size and scope of the NBN project will enable Corning to invest in both new equipment and technologies for our Australian facility,” said Rainer Dittrich, managing director of Corning Cable Systems Pty. Ltd. “We look forward to supporting Australia’s vision and leadership in broadband deployment.”

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About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.


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