R&M delivers Jordan’s first FTTH project at Aqaba Saraya

Luxury residential and commercial destination to have access to high-speed connectivity and triple-play services

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R&M delivers Jordan’s first FTTH project at Aqaba Saraya FTTH has become a key aspect of city development projects as the in-home lifestyle of consumers in the region gets transformed.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 13, 2017

Over 800 residential units and commercial establishments at a real estate development in Jordan will enjoy high-speed connectivity and triple-play services from telecom operators after the deployment of an FTTH project by R&M.

Aqaba Saraya, a 634,000 luxury mixed-use tourism and leisure destination located on the shores of the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan, has become the first in the country to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity.

The deployment of R&M’s cabling solutions was delivered by the system integrator partner in Jordan, Optimiza.

Optimiza utilised R&M’s Cat. 6 copper cabling system for a horizontal cabling system. The entire compound is networked by FTTH using GPON technology whereby every subscriber has broadband-ready connectivity. The deployment also entailed the use of specially customised Smart Home cabinet solutions from R&M, housing copper, fibre optic as well as the ONT equipment from the service provider on all customer premises.

With the ability to provide Gigabit connectivity, FTTH opens up a range of possibilities. Among these are triple play services - the packaging of voice, high speed Internet, and television as a combined offering from a single telecom provider. Convenience and safety are also top priorities for the developers of the mega-project which is why vital services such as fire alarms, CCTV, intercoms, and access control will all be connected to a centrally managed system via the secure FTTH network.

In recent years, FTTH has become a key aspect of city development projects as the in-home lifestyle of consumers in the region is being transformed into an online-dominated experience.

Raed Al-Omari, director of mega projects, said: “Saraya Aqaba is designed to provide the very latest facilities and amenities to residents and guests. The fibre infrastructure we have deployed provides the robust platform upon which a host of critical modern services will be offered. We have invested in the best technologies from R&M, a market-leading vendor, which will ensure that this network is capable of meeting the needs of users for years to come.”

Product quality was a major factor in vendor selection in this project as the network had to meet present and future requirements. “Today we provide 10GbE connectivity over this network, but thanks to the quality and capabilities of the solutions we have invested in, we can increase this speed by a factor of four without having to make any changes to the cabling infrastructure,” explained Raed Al-Omari.

“R&M is proud to add another high-profile city development project to the list of FTTH successes. With the advancement of technology in the Middle East and the tech-savvy nature of consumers, FTTH is the clear way forward to meet growing expectations. Thanks to market-leading solutions and the efforts of the expertly qualified partner Optimiza, Saraya Aqaba today has a future-proof physical infrastructure upon which the latest services can be offered,” said Mohammad Sweidan, area director, Africa, Levant & Kuwait at R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

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