Table of Contents
- Sterlite Technologies Limited
- Birla Furukawa Fiber Optics Limited
- Finolex cables limited
- AKSH OPTIFIBRE LIMITED
- Vindhya Telelinks
- Surana Telecom
- Tamilnadu Telecommunications Ltd
- Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited
- Super India FRP（formerly known as Teracom Limited)
- Polyinfocom Cables Pvt. Ltd (formerly known as Poly Wires And Metals Industry)
- UM Cables
- Apar Industries
- Paramount Communications
- West Coast Optilinks (WCO), formerly known as “Sudarshan Telecom”
- RPG Cables
- Himalaya Communications
- Universal Cables Limited
- Polycab India Limited
- Gupta Power Infrastructure Ltd
- KEC International Limited
Today, India has an optical fiber-based network spanning 100,000 kilometers. With the widespread implementation of 5G, increasing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), technological advancements, and a rise in investments in optical fiber cable (OFC) network infrastructure, India needs a tectonic shift in the fiberization landscape, and investment in fiberized backhaul infrastructure providing unlimited capacity and higher data speeds. After all, it is imperative to have a robust fiber infrastructure in the country to complement 5G technologies in line with the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) unveiled in 2018.
Below we list 22 leading optical Fiber optics manufacturers in India. To some extent, they represent the future development of India’s fiberization.
Sterlite Technologies Limited
- Official Website: https://www.stl.tech/
STL, with 25 years of unique capabilities, is one of the industry’s leading integrators of digital networks providing All-in 5G solutions. Their capabilities across optical networking, services, software, and wireless connectivity place them amongst the top optical players in the world. These capabilities are built on converged architectures helping telcos, cloud companies, citizen networks, and large enterprises deliver next-gen experiences to their customers. STL partners with service providers globally in achieving a green and sustainable digital future in alignment with UN SDG goals.
STL has a strong global presence in India, Italy, the UK, the US, China, and Brazil.
Birla Furukawa Fiber Optics Limited
- Official Website: http://www.birlafurukawa.com/
Birla Furukawa Fibre Optics Private Limited is a Joint Venture Company formed between Universal Cables Limited, India, and Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd., Japan, having its registered office and manufacturing facilities situated at Verna, Goa, India. Birla Furukawa is a professionally managed company and possesses the excellence required to make high-performance optical fibers for the current and next generation of Telecommunication and Data-communication.
With its most sophisticated infrastructure along with a dynamic team and advanced technology, Birla Furukawa ensures high credibility for its applications in the Telecom infrastructure.
Finolex cables limited
- Official Website: https://finolex.com/
Finolex Cables Ltd is India’s largest and leading manufacturer of electrical and telecommunication cables with a turnover in excess of ₹26 Billion (about US$ 400 million)
The company started its operation by manufacturing PVC-insulated electrical cables for the automobile industry. Since then, the Company has constantly endeavored to augment its product range to include PVC Insulated Industrial Cables, FR-LSH PVC Insulated Industrial Cables, PVC Insulated Single Core, and Multicore Flexible Industrial Cables, Rodent Repellent Multicore Flexible Industrial Cables, PVC Insulated Winding Wires, and 3 Core Flat Cables, XLPE 3 Core Flat Cables, Power and Control Cables, High Voltage Power Cables (Up to 33 kV), Polyethylene Insulated Jelly Filled Telephone Cables, Auto & Battery Cables, Co-axial and CATV cables, LAN Cables, Switchboard Cables, Fibre Optic Cables, Solar Cables, and others.
AKSH OPTIFIBRE LIMITED
- Official Website: https://www.akshoptifibre.com/
AKSH OPTIFIBRE LIMITED is a three-decade-old company that started manufacturing optical fiber and optical fiber cables (OFC) in 1994. In 2000, Aksh acquired Fibre Reinforced Plastic Rods (FRP) business, a key raw material for Optical Fibre Cables. AKSH went Public in the year 2000 and is listed on National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
AKSH Edge : The two key raw materials, optical fibre and FRP rod, constituting 70% of cost of optical fibre cables are manufactured in-house. This makes Aksh as one of the most cost effective optical fibre cable manufacturer. Also, Aksh is now the largest FRP rod producer, supplying to all optical fibre cable manufacturers in 56 countries across six continents.
All the manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. Aksh specializes in manufacturing various optical fiber cables like aerial, duct, armored, indoor, and outdoor FTTH drop cables meeting all the International ITU-T standards.
- Official Website: https://www.vtlrewa.com/
Established in 1919, Birla Corporation Ltd., then known as Birla Jute Manufacturing, is the flagship company of the MP Birla Group. Under the dynamic and able leadership of its late Chairman Madhav Prasad Birla, the company, through its vigor, has kept itself abreast of changing customer needs and technological advances and continuously innovated. Over the years, the MP Birla Group companies have been entering into tie-ups and collaborations with major players of international repute to develop new and innovative products for their customers in India and the global market.
The Group owes its success to its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. All companies within the Group have ISO 9001:2000 certification for Quality Management Systems; the group companies have kept themselves abreast of changing needs of customers and advances in technologies and have continuously innovated. Over the years, the MP Birla Group companies have been entering into tie-ups and collaborations with major players of international repute to develop new and innovative products for their customers in India and the global market.
MP Birla Group is also a responsible Corporate citizen. The Group companies have consciously worked towards a secure environment. All group companies have ISO 14001:2004 certification for Environment Management System. The Group companies not only conform to statutory requirements but are committed to maintaining the ecological balance at its various campuses. Besides this, the MP Birla group is also involved in various charitable and philanthropic activities in education, healthcare, and scientific research, as well as in literature and culture. It is also engaged in purely philanthropic activities.
- Official Website: http://www.suranatele.com/
The Company was incorporated as a Private Limited Company on 14.08.1989 as Surana Petro Products Pvt. Ltd. It was engaged in the manufacturing of Petro Products such as Petroleum Jelly and Telecom products such as Jointing Kits. In 1992 the Company ventured into the Telecommunication sector with the production of Jelly filled Telephone Cables.
After that, the Company was converted into a Public Limited Company on 09.07.1993. By 1994, the Telecom business became the company’s primary business activity, and to reflect that, the name of the Company was changed to Surana Telecom Ltd. on 05.08.1994.
Keeping pace with the changing technology, the Company decided to expand further in the Telecommunication sector by venturing into the production of Optical Fiber cables. For part financing of the optical fiber cable project’s cost, the Company went in for a public issue on 7 November 1994 and commenced commercial production in July 1995.
The Company set up a manufacturing facility for optical fiber, the main raw material for the manufacturing of optic fiber cables, in 2001. The following year, the Company ventured into assembling and marketing GSM phones, CDMA terminals with accessories, and Line Patch Panel Antenna.
In 2007, the Company diversified into the power sector by manufacturing low tension and high tension power cables and setting up a 1.25 MW wind power generation plant. To reflect the diversity, the name of the Company was again changed to “Surana Telecom and Power Limited” on 11 October 2007.
In 2008, the Company ventured into Solar Photovoltaics (SPV) Sector by establishing an SPV Modules manufacturing Plant (a 100% EOU) at Cherlapally, Hyderabad, with an installed capacity of 12MW. The Company has also made a strategic investment in the solar energy sector by forming a Joint Venture Company M/s. Surana Ventures Limited jointly with M/s Bhagyanagar India Ltd. The Company is listed on the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange of India (BSE). The Company has been accredited with ISO 9001-2000 certificate for its manufacturing facilities.
Tamilnadu Telecommunications Ltd
- Official Website: http://www.ttlofc.in/
TTL’s OFC Plant has facilities to manufacture mainly loose tube-type cables designed to give optimum fiber performance for many applications. This type of cable consists of a number of loose tubes stranded around a central strength member with an overall protective jacket. Each tube carries a number of optical fibers that lie loose in the tube. The tubes are filled with thixotropic jelly that cushions the fibers and resists water from entering the fiber. The loose tube also isolates the fiber from the exterior mechanical forces placed in the cable. The fibers in the tube are slightly longer than the cable itself to elongate under tensile loads without applying stress to the fiber. Both loose tubes, as well as fibers, are individually color-coded for easy identification.
Tamilnadu Telecommunications Limited (TTL) was set up in 1988 as a three-way joint venture of Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL), a Government of India Enterprise under the Ministry of Communications, which renders Consultancy Services and undertakes Turnkey Projects in all Fields of Telecommunications in India and abroad, Tamilnadu Industrial Development Corporation Limited (TIDCO), a Govt. of Tamilnadu Enterprise, which is responsible for the development of industry in the State of Tamilnadu, India and Fujikura Limited of Japan, A leading manufacturer of Optical Fiber Products in the world.
In 1998 TTL embarked upon diversification of its product range with the manufacture of state-of-art optical fiber cables in technical collaboration with M/s. Fujikura Limited of Japan.
TTL’s OFC Plant is located in CMDA Industrial Complex, Maraimalai Nagar about 40 Kms. from Chennai. This sophisticated cable plant is set up with the complete range of machinery line imported from M/s. Nextrom Technologies (Nokia) of Finland.
Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited
- Official Website: https://www.hfcl.com/
Over the past three decades, HFCL has delivered innovative, customized, and competitive products and the latest solutions in the high technology telecommunications infrastructure sector, enabling its customers to stay ahead of their peers in technology and network efficiency. The Company’s activities cover the entire value chain, from manufacturing leading-edge telecommunication products to implementing telecommunication networks.
The Company specializes in manufacturing telecommunication equipment, optical fiber cables, and intelligent power systems. As a telecommunication solutions provider, the Company has implemented several Greenfield projects, including setting up CDMA & GSM networks, satellite communications, wireless spectrum management, and a DWDM optical transmission network.
HFCL has implemented over 25,000 2G /3G cell sites and rolled out over 100,000 kilometres of optical fiber cable networks for telecommunication companies, railways, oil & gas industry and high security applications as required by the Defence and internal security establishments. It has a country-wide presence with over 1,200 employees on rolls.
The Company is focused on serving new high growth opportunities in Railways, Homeland Security, Smart Cities and Defence.
Super India FRP（formerly known as Teracom Limited)
- Official Website: https://superindiafrp.com/
Super India FRP is, formerly known as Teracom FRP, starting a new journey with a new ambition to be India’s top cable strength material supplier around the globe. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Goa is ISO 9001:2015/14001:2015 certified. Super India FRP is an exclusive owner of the Teracom FRP brand.
Super India aims to be the top Indian supplier of high-performance cable strength solutions & technologies for strategic customers.
We are committed to developing & supplying competitive high-performance cable strength materials to customers who demand the highest quality, durability & safety standards.
Polyinfocom Cables Pvt. Ltd (formerly known as Poly Wires And Metals Industry)
- Official Website: https://polyinfocom.in/
PolyInfocom Cables, formerly known as Poly Wires and Metals Industry, is one of the leaders in the supply of Optical Fiber Cables and Networking Cables in India. They offer a vast and diverse range of products to various clients in telecom, construction, infrastructure, railways, and public and private sectors across India and overseas. Over the years, they have added various products to their diverse products portfolio: Optical Fiber Cables, FTTx Cables, Communication Cables, PVC Insulated Cables, Control Cables, XLPE Power Cables, Instrumentation cables, Copper Enameled wires, and more.
- Official Website: https://ushamartin.com/
UM Cables is a dedicated manufacturer and exporter of high-quality optical fiber cable, telecommunication cable, Fiber Reinforced Plastic Rod (FRP), and Impregnated Glass Fiber Roving. It produces various types of cables, including Optical Fiber cables, Aerial Cables, Micro ducts, Hybrid category cables, FTTH/Drop Cables, Jelly Filled Copper cables, Aerial Copper cables, Duct Copper cables, etc. We offer FRP Rods ranging from 0.5mm to 3.5mm in diameter, available in both coated and uncoated types.
Usha Martin, an optical fiber cable manufacturer, believes in the modernday philosophy of “Konnectitude” – connecting and meeting business needs globally with the right spirit & positive attitude.
They believe in the continual improvement of their products by offering the best solutions with the following advantages:
- Efficient communication
- Minimum signal loss
- Usage of less energy
- Low risk of injury
- Smaller dimension
- High data carrying capacity
- High security
- Light weight cables
- Official Website: https://apar.com/
APAR Industries was started in 1958 in India. Over 60 years later, they have grown into a diversified billion-dollar company and expanded to over 125 countries as a highly trusted manufacturer and supplier of conductors, a wide variety of cables, specialty oils, polymers, and lubricants. At APAR, they have excelled at what they do because they’re relentless innovators, constantly pushing themselves to discover, perfect and deliver tomorrow’s solutions.
Their single-minded focus on innovation that solves real problems takes on several forms. They focus on optimizing their manufacturing facilities’ efficiency to ensure better client costs: their world-class manufacturing facilities (ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accredited) and testing centers. They emphasize solutions that align with their core values of integrity, honesty, and accountability to every stakeholder: their customers, employees, and shareholders.
APAR is gearing up to tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century, including fair global business practices and sustainability.
- Official Website: https://paramountcables.com/
Paramount Communications Ltd, part of the Paramount Cables Group, is one of India’s leading wire & cable manufacturing companies.
With over six decades of operations, the group has built up a comprehensive portfolio, including HV & LV Power Cables, Optical Fiber Cables & other Telecom Cables, Railway Cables, Specialised Cables, Instrumentation & Data Cables, Fire Survival Cables, etc. Paramount Cables has a prestigious clientele that includes government, institutional and major private sector organizations, both national and international, in the Power, Telecom, Railways, I.T. and Communication, Construction, Defence, and Space Research sectors, amongst others.
Focused on manufacturing excellence, technological advancement and customer satisfaction, Paramount continuously strives to meet & exceed global quality benchmarks and to provide total cabling solutions for its customers.
West Coast Optilinks (WCO), formerly known as “Sudarshan Telecom”
- Official Website: https://www.westcoastoptilinks.com/
West Coast Optilinks (WCO), formerly known as “Sudarshan Telecom” (A division of West Coast Paper Mills Ltd.), belonging to a USD 375 Million fast growing Industrial business house “S.K. Bangur Group,” is a leading manufacturer of Optical Fiber Cables in India having its state of the art manufacturing facility in a Hi-Tech Electronics zone at Mysore (about 140 Km from Bangalore) in South India.
West Coast Optilinks started its commercial production in 1996 at Mysore with technology from Royle Systems Group, the USA, and an initial technical collaboration/support from Sumitomo, Japan. Later, the plant’s capacity was enhanced by installing the latest generation Buffering and Stranding equipment from Rosendahl, Austria, to manufacture Optical Fiber cables.
The company has an annual capacity to produce over 107000 Km of Optical Fiber cables (Approx. 2 million Fkm) with Fiber count up to 432F.
The company recently introduced FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) and Glass Roving in 2014 for captive consumption and outside sales.
As an ISO 9001:2015 company, WCO has been striving to improve its quality benchmarks consistently. At the heart of WCOLs success is its customer-focused solid research initiative, backed by a sophisticated research center and a team of qualified professionals, generating high customer satisfaction, reflected in its loyal off-take.
WCO as a world-class manufacturer of optical cable products, grows together with its employees, establishes strategic partnerships with its customers, and gives all its efforts to support the worldwide development of optical fiber communications.
- Official Website: https://www.rpgcables.com/
RPG Cables has enjoyed a glorious past. Through decades, the company has grown through synergies derived from alliances and new developments – which have set it apart from the clutter and made it one of India’s leading cable manufacturers.
Incorporated as Asian Cables in 1959, it merged with KEC International Ltd in 2010.
The cables manufactured by them over the last 50 + years have withstood the test of time and remain in operation well beyond their designed life. These have been approved by all utilities in India and major electrical consultants, and Global EPC majors for their overseas requirements.
In addition, their cables have been type tested by CPRI, ERDA, and internationally accredited by laboratories such as KEMA, Netherlands. The largest cable ever made in India has a 2000 sq mm copper conductor and 220 kV rating, which is now tested and approved by KEMA.
The cables they manufacture meet standards such as IEC, BS, ANZS, etc. Their plants are accredited to ISO 9000, 14001, and 18000 standards.
- Official Website: https://www.himcom.co.in/
Himalaya Communications Pvt. Ltd. was set up at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, northern India, and started its operation in April 2001. The Company is part of the SCJ Group of Industries, with multilocational manufacturing facilities for Plastic Masterbatches, Compounds, And Sheets For The Automotive & The White Goods Industry. The company has the most modern facilities to produce these cables of international standard. With a motto of improvement, innovation, and keeping pace with technological developments, they fully utilize their in-house experience and expertise to develop products/processes.
They have the latest technology manufacturing setup sourced from renowned manufacturers. Specialized machinery for Optical Fiber Cable has been imported from Swisscab SA, Switzerland. They can produce 1.54 million conductors KM of copper cable in sizes ranging from 5Pr-2400Pr and 16000 Cable KM of Optical Fiber Cables per Annum. The Company has been certified ISO 9001:2015 by NABCB Accredited Agency to manufacture Copper communication cables and Optical Fiber Cables.
The Company’s philosophy to ensure the reliability of its products is maintained by modernization and automation of the manufacturing facilities. They are a knowledge-based company with advanced manufacturing processes and sophisticated product development that has been achieved through highly focused research & development efforts and a technically qualified and experienced workforce.
- Official Website: http://www.zttindia.com/
Established in 2013, ZTT India Private Limited is a subsidiary company of Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology Co., Ltd. (ZTT China).
ZTT India strives to serve India’s power and telecom industries with fine-manufactured cables and EPC services.
In 2015, ZTT India also successfully entered the Power Transmission Line Industry with the best EPC service and specialized team.
With strong R&D and equipment support from ZTT China, ZTT India is proud to lead the manufacturing of Optical Fiber, OPGW Cable, Optical Fiber Cable, OPPC Cable, and aluminum cladding steel wire in India. With full support from ZTT China, ZTT India can provide customers with Joint Box, FODP, RF Cable, and other power, telecom, and new energy-related products.
- Official Website: https://www.myuniflex.com/
The UNIFLEX footprint is spread across six manufacturing locations between the Hose Products Division and the Tube Products Division.
The Hose Products Division is dedicated to manufacturing Flexible Hose Assemblies, End Fittings, Adapters & CNC Machined Components. At the same time, the Tube Products Division manufactures Rigid Tube Assembly Fabrication, Fuel Injection Pipes, Small & Medium Fabricated parts, etc.
UNIFLEX is self-sufficient in designing, manufacturing, and testing the entire range of its products that meet and exceed international standards like ISO, SAE, EN, ASTM, BS, and JIS amongst others.
UNIFLEX has developed Hose Assemblies & Compensators for deep-sea marine applications complete with varied materials like Titanium (B 381 Gr F5), Nickel Aluminium Bronze (CA 104 to BS 2872), Aluminium Brass (BS 2871), Stainless Steel (08X18H10T, 321, 316) & Steel (ASTMA 105, C35, C45 & 38XA).
As the company grows and successfully meets future challenges, one thing remains constant; no matter how large or successful UNIFLEX may become, the quality of products and service will NEVER be sacrificed, emphasizing their motto – QUALITY ABOVE ALL.
Universal Cables Limited
- Official Website: http://www.universalcables.in/
Their success story can be traced over 5 decades, providing quality cables. Their cables can be seen as a part of various government projects at the national and international levels for the electrification of the countries.
Hydel, Thermal & Nuclear power projects are mother projects for any nation, and they take pride in the association of their cables with these projects, since their beginning.
Their presence can also be seen in various highway projects around the country, which again boost the economy of the country.
They are ISO 9001-2008, CE certified, and they also manufacture cables in compliance with British standards (BS).
Their annual turnover is around 1 Billion INR (15 Million USD approx).
Polycab India Limited
- Official Website: https://polycab.com/
Polycab manufactures and sells wires, cables, and fast-moving electrical goods ‘FMEG’ under the ‘POLYCAB’ brand. Apart from wires and cables, they manufacture and sell FMEG products such as electric fans, LED lighting and luminaires, switches and switchgear, solar products, and conduits & accessories.
Their promoters collectively have more than four decades of experience among them. The Company was incorporated as ‘Polycab Wires Private Limited’ on January 10, 1996, in Mumbai as a private limited company under the Companies Act, 1956.
They manufacture and sell a diverse range of wires and cables and their key products in the wires and cables segment are power cables, control cables, instrumentation cables, solar cables, building wires, flexible cables, flexible/single multi-core cables, communication cables, and others including welding cables, submersible flat and round cables, rubber cables, overhead conductors, railway signaling cables, specialty cables, and green wires. In 2009, they diversified into the engineering, procurement, and construction ‘EPC’ business, which includes the design, engineering, supply, execution, and commissioning of power distribution and rural electrification projects. In 2014, they diversified into the FMEG segment and our key FMEG products are switches and switchgear and conduits & accessories.
Their Telecom Division is engaged in manufacturing OFCs, FRP/ARP Rods, IGFR Yarns, and a whole range of end-to-end passive networking solutions and providing EPC services to transform people’s lives in terms of digital infrastructure and accessibility.
Gupta Power Infrastructure Ltd
- Official Website: https://guptapower.com/
With a dedicated mindset of delivering a high-quality product, excellent service, and customer satisfaction, Gupta Power began its journey in 1961. Since then, the company has been concentrating on excellence, quality, and innovation. Committed to delivering smart, superior, innovative, and world-class products, the company has continuously evolved by embracing advanced technologies, designing the most modern manufacturing facilities and infrastructure at its plant, setting in-house laboratory and R&D division, and following best sustainable practices. One of India’s leading manufacturers and exporters of conductors has widened its portfolio by specializing in Wires & Cables, LED Lighting, and OFC under the brand name Rhino. Having its own EPC division helps them to provide engineering services, procurement, and construction services across various verticals. Due to the timely execution and quality work the company has successfully expanded its operations globally.
KEC International Limited
- Official Website: https://www.kecrpg.com/
KEC International Limited, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is the flagship company of the RPG Group. A USD 1.8 billion Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) major, they deliver projects in key infrastructure sectors such as Power Transmission & Distribution, Railways, Civil, Urban Infrastructure, Solar, Smart Infrastructure, Oil & Gas Pipelines, and Cables.
Their robust and integrated capabilities span the entire EPC value chain from concept to commissioning. They have successfully executed complex projects across some of the world’s most difficult terrains and conditions, aided by robust engineering, procurement, execution, and project management capabilities. They have a vast manufacturing footprint extending across India, Dubai, Brazil, and Mexico. Their global presence has enabled a robust and agile supply chain that extends across six continents in over 105 countries.
For over 75 years, they have prided themselves on their unmatched expertise in EPC, backed by a strong customer-centric approach, quest for world-class quality, and ‘safety-first’ attitude. Integrity in their actions and respect for people, the environment, and their stakeholders are the cornerstones of our corporate responsibility. Empowered by a mindset driven to outperform and excel, they build infrastructure for the world of tomorrow.
Though Indian fiber optic cable history is incomplete without Optel and HCL, they are not active now. These two are the first to start fiber optic cable production in India. HCL used to supply Ribbon type cables while Optel was the first to start loose tube cable designs in India. They already stopped their operation and are no more available for cable production.
The Indian fiber optic cable market is growing and will have more suppliers shortly. Since Corning has established their fiber drawing factory in Pune, there will not be much problem with fiber supply to meet the demands of these cable makers. Sterlite is already a strong fiber supplier to domestic cable makers.
Good luck to Indian friends!