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Europe, India, and China are among the regions most affected by the crunch, with prices for fiber rising by up to 70 percent from record lows in March 2021, from $3.70 to $6.30 per fiber kmWie kann denn bitte Glasfaser knapp sein, fragt ihr euch jetzt vielleicht? Nun, für die Herstellung wird Helium gebraucht.
There has been a shortage of helium, a crucial component in the manufacture of fiber-optic glass, in part caused by plant outages in Russia and the US, which has caused prices of the element to increase by 135 percent over the past two years. Meanwhile, prices of silicon tetrachloride, another key component in fiber production, have increased by up to 50 percent(Danke, Kristian)