R&M increases FTTH focus
Swiss structured cabling specialist is working with telecoms providers in Saudi, UAE, Oman
Swiss structured cabling specialist Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) Middle East, Turkey and Africa is increasing its focus on the growing fibre to the home (FTTH) market.
Jean-Pierre Labry, executive vice-president of R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa has confirmed that the company has been working closely with major telecom providers in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman for large scale FTTH projects.
"The FTTH market in the Middle East is growing at a rate that far surpasses even that in mature IT markets. A report from the FTTH Council MENA has shown that the UAE already leads the global rankings with an FTTH penetration of 64.8 percent. Other countries in the region in particular Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Turkey are also investing in this technology and we are sure to see widespread penetration within a few years," said Labry.
Labry also stated that the company is on the verge of launching new products to further expand its FTTx portfolio. These include the introduction of the new Venus FXXL solution with an integrated Single Circuit Management (SCM) system and field connectors which offer un-matched flexibility when planning building connections.
"R&M has been an active player in the region and because of our well-established local presence, we are in touch with the needs of the local market. By supplementing this local expertise with the extensive experience we have gained from similar projects in Europe and Asia, we can assist Middle East Telecom operators during each critical phase of these deployments," he said.
R&M recently developed a new Fibre Outlet specifically for use in FTTH projects. These optical outlets open up a whole new range of possibilities for subscribers while allowing providers to plan for future broadband needs.
"FTTH makes big demands on building entry points. This is where it is decided whether you can react quickly and profitably to changes and installation requirements and what will lead to a competitive edge in the end customer's business. The solutions we provide offer network operators flexibility in planning and implementation of building connections in their FTTH systems," said Shibu Vahid, head of Technical Operations, R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa.