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FTTH Council MENA Conference comes to Muscat

Fibre-to-the-Home event will focus on benefits of high speed networks and applications

The FTTH Council MENA Conference will bring together MENA region stakeholders in high speed fibre networks.
The FTTH Council MENA Conference will bring together MENA region stakeholders in high speed fibre networks.

The Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council MENA has announced that it will hold the seventh FTTH Council MENA Conference in Muscat from 9th-11th November.

The event will focus on the importance of FTTH and the development of high speed networks for economic development, under the theme of ‘FTTH, The Edge of a Brighter Tomorrow'.

The conference is being held under the patronage of H.E Dr. Ahmed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications-Oman. Oman Broadband Company (OBC) is the Host Partner; and Omantel, Ericsson & Prysmian Group are Gold Sponsors.

A series of pre-conference workshops will be held on 9th November, including live interactive sessions, and a mini-MBA on FTTH and next generation access.

The conference, which takes place 10-11th November, will include an area dedicated to the ‘World of Applications' to highlight the ways in which fibre to the home, and the increased speeds it can deliver, enables new services for both residential and business subscribers. A special session will take place on the first day of the conference in the dedicated area for applications demonstration and discussion. The aim is to describe and highlight applications supported by the fibre optic 'nervous system' of a telecoms network and the applications could cover any area from the government to the health such as smart sensors, access control, smart payments, security etc.

"Better communication services and networking solutions are fundamental in creating the edge of a better tomorrow. The adoption of FTTH technology resulting in high speed internet services as a result of high speed connection networks can be realized through well-developed infrastructures and national broadband strategies. In line with these requirements, the FTTH Council MENA recognizes Oman as a significant market for fibre to home and businesses," said Dr. Suleiman Al-Hedaithy, Chairman of FTTH Council MENA.

The Oman government is a strong supporter of rolling out FTTH and high speed networks. It is estimated that around 90% of the Governorate of Muscat and 35% of the other governorates outside Muscat will be covered by optic fibre, satellites and wire communications by 2020 and every building and village across Oman will be connected to the national broadband infrastructure by 2040.

"The government has put a big investment for the upcoming ten years in this sector. With the intention of opening doors for wider communication services in Oman, OBC is currently focusing on the deployment of fibre optics in the main governorates of the Sultanate. Optic fibre deployment plans are already underway in the Governorates of Muscat and Musandam, and soon to be implemented in the Governorate. OBC's current and upcoming plans for optic fibre deployment will be shared at the FTTH Council MENA Conference," said Eng. Said Al-Mandhari, CEO of OBC.