September 5, 2007 -- Prysmian Telecom Cables & Systems announced that it has embarked on a "major initiative" to support the growing uptake of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in Europe.
The company's "FTTH European Roadshow" commenced in the UK on September 4 and will visit 15 countries over 11 weeks, including Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain and France.
According to a press release, highlights of the tour will include a specially constructed, interactive exhibition trailer demonstrating the company's latest FTTH passive product lines, including blown fiber, miniature blown cables, pre-connectorized customer solutions, vertical riser systems for multi dwelling units, and a range of new FTTH connectivity products.
Information will also be available on Prysmian's range of optical fibers including the company's CasaLight line of bend-insensitive fiber, developed specifically for FTTH applications. Also, FTTH product specialists will support the local Prysmian staff throughout the tour, providing expert advice on both the product and network design aspects of building a FTTH system.
"The principle of FTTH is to take fiber closer to the end user," comments Richard Thomas, director of marketing at Prysmian's telecom business. "We are following exactly the same approach with the Roadshow, taking our products to where our customers are located."
The company notes that FTTH adoption is expanding rapidly worldwide and in Europe especially, where activities are gathering momentum among both local authorities and the more traditional telecom operators, who are starting to build optical "last mile" networks. The company says it believes that by taking the technology to this increased and more widespread customer base, it will greatly assist potential operators who are aware of the opportunities offered by FTTH, but may not be familiar with the "mechanics" of building a last mile network.
"The FTTH customer profile has changed the traditional telecom marketplace," concludes Thomas. "We recognize this and believe that this project will be an interesting and rewarding experience for both Prysmian and for the people who we will meet during the event."