Iran opens second fibre-optic cable plant
TEHRAN, Iran, May 25 (UPI) -- Iran has inaugurated a $2.3 million fibre-optic
cable plant described as the first of its kind in the Middle East.
An official of the Energy Ministry said in published remarks today that
the plant with a production capacity of 1,000 km of cables per year was
inaugurated this month in the Karj neighborhood, near the capital,
The official said the plant was the first of its kind to be established
in the Middle East region and relies on raw materials produced in Iran
and others imported from abroad.
He noted that the price of one meter of these cables is between $8 and
$10 in world market while its price locally does not exceed $3.70 per meter,
``which means that its production in Iran will spare the country a big
amount of hard currencies, especially that the whole region would benefit
from such a new kind of cables.''
The official said the plant, whose construction cost reached $2.3 million,
will start operating with a 50 to 60 percent capacity that would increase
in the coming two years.
This is Iran's second fiber-optic cable plant. The first is the Shahid
Ghandchi communication cables company, in Yazd.