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Prysmian Launches CasaLink™ MDU Connectivity in North America


Milan, September 23rd, 2008 – To complement the launch of CasaLight Xtreme™ fiber and the Verticasa™ MDU cabling system in North America, Prysmian is releasing and developing a range of connectivity accessories specifically designed for North American MDU applications.  Collectively, these MDU connectivity accessories will be promoted by Prysmian under the new CasaLink™ system brand name.  Having already developed solutions for the MDU market in Europe, Prysmian is using its global FTTH expertise to reduce installation costs and minimize space requirements within riser, closet and living areas in North American MDUs.  The CasaLink™ system includes new MDU distribution cabinets, riser boxes, horizontal distribution and passive optical splitter boxes, customer termination boxes and pre-terminated customer drop cables.  The combination of CasaLink™ accessories, CasaLight™ fiber and VertiCasa™ cabling will provide a complete end-to-end solution for the MDU market.

Initial products include the new “Multi Operator MDU Distribution Box” (MMDB) which offers the ability to cross connect the internal MDU cabling system to multiple external network providers.  Building owners can construct and own the internal cabling infrastructure with a cross connect point in the basement of the building, which is modular and easy to modify or expand.  This not only gives residential customers the opportunity to connect to different FTTH providers but also eliminates the need for any changes to the internal fiber infrastructure.  CasaLink™ also includes an established and widely used range of connectivity solutions for cable management in the riser, horizontal distribution and customer premise termination.   Further expansions to this range will also be released over the coming months from Prysmian.

A leading player in the industry of high-technology cables and systems for energy and telecommunication, the Prysmian Group is a truly global company with sales exceeding 5 billion euro in 2006 and a strong position in higher-added value market segments. With its two businesses, Energy Cables & Systems (submarine and underground cables for power transmission and distribution, for industrial applications and for the distribution of electricity to residential and commercial buildings) and Telecom Cables & Systems (optical cables and fibres and copper cables for video, data and voice transmission), Prysmian boasts a global presence with subsidiaries in 36 countries, 54 plants in 21 countries, 7 Research & Development Centres in Europe, USA and South America, and over 12,000 employees. Specialising in the development of products and systems designed to meet clients' specific requirements, Prysmian's key strengths include: a focus on Research & Development, the capacity to innovative on products and production processes, and the use of advanced proprietary technologies. Prysmian is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange Blue Chip index.

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