R&M to focus on FTTH expansion in ME
Dubai, February 20, 2013
Responding to increasing rate of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployments by telcos in the Middle East, Reichle & De-Massari (R&M), the Swiss structured cabling specialist, is further increasing its focus on this growing 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 UAE and Oman for large scale FTTH projects.
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.
“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.
“These countries are venturing into this territory for the first time. While this is an advantage considering they are not faced with costly upgrades of legacy networks, it does present unique challenges and risks. 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 added. - TradeArabia News Service