Shortage of Fibre Optic Cables partly caused by Helium

There is a global shortage of fibre optic cables threatening digital growth as it has increased prices and lead times, impacting companies’ plans to roll out state of the art telecomms infrastructure. There has been a surge in demand for data services from the likes of Google and Amazon plus there are global Government roll-outs of faster broadband, meaning strong fibre optic demand. At the same time availability and pricing of two critical components, helium and silicon tetrachloride, have caused supply issues.

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