27 March 2023

General Director of "Optic fiber Systems" JSC Andrey Nikolaev gave a speech at the conference "Transnet 2023"

On March 23, the XIV Federal Conference Transport Networks Russia, organized by ComNews information group, was held in Moscow.

During the session "Optical cables and Fiber Optic equipment: Barriers and drivers of market development", Andrey Nikolaev made a presentation on the development prospects of domestic optical fiber production.

In his speech, the speaker talked about the development prospects of global and Russian optical fiber market and the plans of “Optic fiber Systems” JSC (further OVS) to create a complete fiber production cycle.

He noted that according to the international agency CRU, a further increase in optical fiber demand is expected: by 2027 the market will reach 658 million km per year. At the same time, 5G and FTTH development projects will remain the main drivers of market development. Andrey Nikolaev stressed that the speed of 5G deployment is much higher than 4G: 1 billion subscribers have been connected during last 2 years, and according to forecasts, half of cellular subscribers will be using 5G by 2027.

At the moment, Russia is far behind the world leaders in terms of the volume of optical fiber laid per capita. The speaker drew attention to the fact that a market forecast for up to 2035is currently being developed. By the end of the 2nd quarter of 2023, the fiber demand forecast in the Russian Federation for 20 years will be updated, thus making it possible to take an informed decision on the capacity of the fiber production created within the Preform plant.

When talking about OVS plans, Andrey Nikolaev stressed that despite the sanctions and the fact that key suppliers of raw materialsexited Russian market, OVS resumed production and supply of fiber to its customers. The company continues to participate in the implementation of strategic projects for the construction of main communication lines.

A resolute approach to the use of domestic optical fiber in projects for the construction of main communication lines has received full support from the main project operators. During the discussion, the colleagues present at the session praised high quality of the optical fiber produced by OVS and expressed their readiness to continue cooperation with the plant.


“Optic fiber Systems” JSC ( – is the first and the only Russian plant manufacturing optical fiber. The plant is situated in Saransk, Mordovia Republic. It was officially opened on 25 September   2015. The shareholders of the company are RUSNANO, Gazprombank and the Government of Mordovia Republic.

Optical fiber is the main component of optic cables for signal transmission in modern communication networks. Fiber is also used as a sensor for monitoring deformation, temperature, acoustics and other indicators.

"Optic fiber Systems" JSC produces telecommunication optical fibers of standards G652 and G 657 A1 including those with reduced diameter of 200 microns; provides services on optical fiber coloring and the application of ring marks "ringmarking". Optical fibers of new types such as G651 and G655 are being prepared for release. Products are certified in Russia and the quality is confirmed by "Rostelecom" PJSC, Russia's leading cable companies and foreign consumers.

According to the results of certification, optical fiber was approved for use on the networks of the largest Russian Telecom operators Rostelecom, MTS, MegaFon and others.

Manufacturing capacity of the plant is 4 mln kilometers of optical fiber per year.