Fibre optic networks to 'become standard' across region



Swiss structured cabling specialist, Reichle & De-Massari (R&M), has predicted increased deployment of Fibre to the Home (FTTH) networks in the Middle East. The compant believes this will be fuelled by the region’s growing trend towards intelligent cities and requirements for faster bandwidth speeds and transmission technology to enable triple play (voice, video, and data) services.

Increasingly sophisticated home and building automation features coupled with the uptake of triple play services requires increasing amounts of bandwidth. Many applications require a pure IP network and bandwidth speeds that cannot be achieved unless deploying a fibre optic network. More robust and secure than copper, fibre and FTTH networks enable data rates ten times greater than the fastest rates achievable to date. R&M forecasts that FTTH networks will be increasingly deployed in Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar over the next five years.

“A high performance fibre network will be the key infrastructure in the future,” said Jean Pierre Labry, managing director of R&M Middle East and Africa. “Only a robust FTTH infrastructure can offer the speed, security and transmission quality needed to accommodate future bandwidth requirements for triple play in the Middle East. R&M anticipates that FTTH networks will be increasingly deployed and become the standard network infrastructure. Already we are seeing investment by regional network operators and real estate developers into FTTH networks. R&M’s innovative FTTH product range is the optimum solution for applications enabling convenient high speed use for voice, video, data, remote monitoring, and home and building automation.”

In the Middle East, R&M has deployed a number of FTTH networks, enabling operators and real estate developers to build up a network quickly and cost effectively in compounds, buildings, and houses. The Swiss structured cabling specialist recognised the trend toward fibre optics years ago and fibre optic products now account for one-third of consolidated sales.

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