R&M, the globally active developer and provider of cabling systems for high-quality network infrastructures, based in Wetzikon, Switzerland, is accompanying well-known carriers on their way into the gigabit era. The long-term goal is to provide every home with gigabit-fast Internet connections. And the full-coverage FO cabling of urban and rural regions is playing a key role in this. "The demand for R&M fiber optic systems for broadband networks increases by ten percent every year. We are extending capacities in our plants in Bulgaria and India accordingly," explains R&M CEO Michel Riva.
With new products, R&M is underscoring its presence in the Public Networks market. The brand-new generation of the Polaris-box reliably facilitates and protects the installation of fiber optic connections for residential buildings and larger building complexes. "We are currently receiving orders for greater numbers which shows that we have the perfect solution for fulfilling FTTH providers' needs," says Tobias Münzer, R&M Market Manager Public Networks.
The SYNO dome closure with gel sealing technology launched in 2016 is also exactly what carriers are looking for. Telecommunications and broadband providers in Europe and the Middle East are already using thousands of them in their fiber optic networks. The British IT and telecommunications service provider Colt recently succeeded in setting up a new fiber optic route in Switzerland in just a few days with the help of the R&M SYNO dome closure. The dome closure is there to connect fiber optic cables on the "last mile" and to distribute them – whether in shafts, on masts or directly in the ground. R&M has simplified assembly and made it self-explanatory.
"The digitization megatrend is revolutionizing the way we communicate. Entire industries are on the brink of upheaval and are facing a change in their business models. A reliable and future-proof communication and data network based on fiber optics is a prerequisite for keeping pace with this change," empasizes Tobias Münzer. In spite of the expansion of Internet data traffic, major network operators are cautious, with FTTH projects being planned very carefully. Carriers want easily scalable systems and flexible expansion strategies with which they can calculate their budgets in manageable stages and speed up their return on investment. Tobias Münzer: "R&M is reacting to these needs with a consistent portfolio and constant new innovations, such as the recently launched SYNO dome closure and the Polaris-box."
But R&M's experience shows that it is also essential that carriers receive just the support they require when planning and setting up the fiber optic networks. This is why the R&M sales companies round the globe provide on-site, project-specific consulting services, support from product planning through to logistics, as well as customer-specific cabling solutions. "Proximity to customers and customization are among the strengths of R&M and are the decisive keys to our success in the Public Networks market segment which accounts for around one third of the result," says CEO Michel Riva.
Tobias Münzer adds: "We want to help carriers get the best possible network quality in every phase. Because that is the only successful path into the gigabit era. Precise specifications compliant with local requirements, reliable products, a trustworthy equipment supplier and strict adherence to details in the execution and maintenance phase are also necessary. Apart from that, the infrastructures must be upgrade-capable so the carriers can migrate quickly to new transmission technologies."