Wide deployment of FTTH networks in North Africa predicted

Reichle & De-Massari, the Swiss structured cabling company, predicts the increasing deployment of Fibre to the Home (FTTH) networks in North Africa, fueled 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 Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria over the next five years, replacing copper cabling as the standard. 

Ahmed Abou El-Naga, Key Account Manager, Public Networks, 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 Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.”

“R&M anticipates that FTTH networks will be increasingly deployed and become the standard network infrastructure versus copper.  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 Ahmed Abou El-Naga.

Worldwide, 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.  The Swiss structured cabling specialist recognized 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. 

Jean Pierre Labry, Managing Director of R&M Middle East and Africa concluded, “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 customizing solutions, renowned Swiss quality, as well as future proof FTTx portfolio are certainly integral to our success.”

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