Utel completes FTTH delivery to Pau

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 26-03-2013
Independent research and development centre for telco systems, Utel, has completed the design, manufacture and delivery of equipment to retrofit the French city of Pau's fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, covering 14 districts.
More than 55,000 customers and 140 sites are involved in the upgrade that will see the delivery of FTTH across the city. The existing network in Pau was a point-to-point design initially deployed in 2003.
The upgraded network is the first 100% optical fibre network in France, Utel says, and it is being developed by concession owner Axione, under an agreement spanning 15 years.
Locally, the company SPTHD (Société Paloise pour le Très Haut Debit) has been created for the deployment, operation and maintenance of the network.
The new equipment, designed by Utel and its Chinese partner Sunsea, is now being installed underneath each splice tray at 150 outdoor or indoor cabinet locations.
"Projects such as this are becoming more common in France as the regulator Arcep has employed a strict policy to ensure only one FTTH network is deployed in the less densely populated areas of the country, such as Pau," Utel adds.