FTTH to be key in Middle East

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Reichle & De–Massari (R&M), a Swiss structured cabling specialist, predicts the increasing deployment of Fibre to the Home (FTTH) broadband networks in the Middle East, fuelled by the region's growing trend towards intelligent cities and requirements for faster bandwidth speeds and transmission technology to enable triple play services.

Increasingly sophisticated home and building automation features coupled with the uptake of triple play (voice, video, and data) 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 10 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. Jean Pierre Labry, managing director of R&M Middle East and Africa commented by saying: "A high performance fibre network will be the key infrastructure in the future. 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, " added Labry. In the Middle East, R&M has succeeded in deploying 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. Its extensive FTTH product portfolio encompasses quality, security, and flexibility. As one of the first companies to offer flexible customised solutions, R&M also maintains dedicated local support teams to handle customisation prior to implementation. The Swiss structured cabling specialist recognised the trend toward fibre optics years ago, and positioned itself as a market leader by significantly investing in research and development in the field. As a result, fibre optic products now account for one–third of consolidated sales. R&M has emerged as the foremost supplier of FTTH network solutions in the Middle East and Africa, particularly in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. "Our flexibility in terms of customising solutions, renowned Swiss quality, as well as future proof FTTx portfolio is certainly integral to our success, " concluded Labry. Meanwhile, the second edition of the FTTH Middle East Conference will be held on 30 November and 1 December 2010 at the Mævenpick Hotel in Lebanon's capital city, Beirut. This two–day event was successfully launched in 2009 in Amman, Jordan, under the patronage of His Excellency Eng Basem Al Rousan, Jordanian minister of ICT, who gave the opening speech. Dr Mashour Abu Daka, Palestinian minister of ICT, also made a speech in support of fibre to the home. The event attracted more than 260 delegates from 30 countries, and created unprecedented media attention, with several TV channels covering the proceedings. "The success of last year's event made it evident that a second edition is a good idea, " said Chris Holden, president of the FTTH Council Europe. "There is huge market potential in the Middle East, bringing delegates from all over the world to our conference. The Council has also opened a new office in Dubai to cope with the increased interest in fibre access technology in the region. ""The FTTH Council Europe's experience producing successful conferences over the last eight years clearly is of tremendous benefit to our local Middle East audiences", said Mohammed Salehynia, vice–chair of the FTTH Council Middle East Group. "Last year's delegates, including our distinguished patron, were very impressed by the standard of the event". The conference will provide service providers, investors, regulators and other prospective FTTH stakeholders with valuable insight into the business and technical solutions for next–generation broadband deployment in the Middle East region. Under the title 'Taking your life to new horizons', the conference will feature special sessions on applications and services that can be enhanced with fibre to the home. The programme will also include a mix of case studies, regulatory debate and discussion of technical best practice alongside a dedicated exhibition of vendors showcasing the latest FTTH products.

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