UTEL Completes Full Retrofit to PAU City FTTH Network

  • Axione
  • Sunsea
  • UTEL
PAU, FRANCE and SUFFOLK, UK - UTEL, an independent research and development center for telecommunications systems, has completed the design, manufacture and delivery of equipment to retrofit France’s Pau City FTTH Network. 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 which was initially deployed in 2003.

The upgraded Pau network is the first 100 percent optical fiber network in France and is being developed by concession owner Axione, under an agreement spanning 15 years. It is the only fiber optic hybrid point-to-point and GPON network activated in France on this scale. Locally SPTHD (Société paloise pour le très haut debit) company has been created for the deployment, operation and maintenance of the FTTH network.

The new equipment, designed by UTEL and its Chinese partner Sunsea, called MOF96PS, is now being installed underneath each splice tray at 150 outdoor or indoor cabinet locations. The design means existing patch cords will be connected to the back of the patch panel utilizing infrastructure already in place. Then the MOF96PS will enable any customer to connect to any ISP whatever the type of network topology, point-to-point or GPON.

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 less dense areas of the country, such as Pau.

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