De-Skilling Critical If Europe Is To Hit Fibre Installation Targets, Says Emtelle


Gothenburg, Sweden. 18 September 2017: De-skilling of installation staff throughout Europe is absolutely critical if mass deployment of optical fibre is to be achieved as part of the European Union targets for 2020. This was the warning given at today’s opening day of ECOC from the region’s major provider of blown fibre and ducted network solutions for the telecoms industry, Emtelle.

“If Europe is to achieve its goal of a Digital Single Market by 2020, then we need to make installation of new fibre optic networks as pain-free as possible,” said Colin Kirkpatrick, Emtelle’s International Business Development Director, on the opening day of ECOC 2017.

“Europe has taken a bold step towards creating a digital society which is inclusive for all, both as individuals and as businesses. It has clearly defined its objectives and the steps that need to be taken. We welcome this approach and know only too well the benefits ubiquitous high-speed broadband can bring but it can only be achieved by the mass roll-out of optical fibre. This in turn can only be completed in the targeted time frames by finding innovative ways of making fibre faster, simpler and cheaper to deploy.”

The ability to speed up the deployment of fibre will be key to the achievement of the European Union’s Digital Agenda, part of its Europe 2020 Strategy. The Digital Agenda’s main objective is to develop a digital single market which will generate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. This includes encouraging more and better connectivity for citizens and businesses by promoting fast and ultra-fast Internet access for all, by investing in research and innovation, promoting digital literacy skills and enabling even more people to access ICT-enabled benefits. Very high-capacity networks are also seen as increasingly important for education, healthcare, manufacturing and transport.

From its Scottish headquarters in Hawick, Emtelle has been progressively expanding its international operations to create a strong European presence to address its growing global customer base. The recent acquisition of Moore GmbH, a German manufacturer of microducts and HDPE ducts for the telecoms and renewable markets, will ensure that Emtelle can meet the fast-growing, worldwide demand for blown fibre, driven largely by the huge growth in Internet usage, including the Internet of Things. The acquisition is part of a major €30 million investment by Emtelle in its manufacturing plants across Europe. The company now has two sites in the UK – in Jedburgh and Hawick in Scotland – as well as in Scandinavia and now Germany, making it well-placed to serve over 50 markets across the world. The appointment of a new Sales Director for Sweden, Finland and the Baltics, Peter Schulte further underpins the company’s international expansion.

In addition, the company has recently announced its new 2f Nano Cable G657A2 optical fibre for the FttX market, designed to be installed into fibre-flow microducts and tube bundles by blowing, pulling or pushing. It is a small diameter lightweight product with an ultra low friction sheath and thermoplastic layer for high quality protection. This is one of a range of products the company is developing that will help to meet the European objectives by allowing rapid deployment of fibre ever closer to the end user.

Colin Kirkpatrick added: “The targets the EU has set itself are ambitious and visionary but a necessary step towards embracing the benefits that a fully digital society can bring. The industry is determined to achieve it and we are proud to have taken so many important steps, from strategic, acquisitions, to new international appointments and product developments that will help us to play our part in this important initiative!”

Emtelle will be attending the ECOC Exhibition and Conference from 18-20th September 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden.


About Emtelle
Emtelle, founded in 1980 in Jedburgh, Scotland, is a global leader in the manufacturing of blown fibre and ducted solutions. Over the 35 years it has been operating, Emtelle has assisted all the key players with FTTH roll-outs worldwide. Its emphasis is on listening to customer requirements, and designing innovative and unique products to meet the needs of customer projects. At the same time it focuses on creating best value, reducing total project costs and minimising installation time and disruption. Emtelle’s recent investment of more than €30 million in its European factory plants underpins this commitment.

Emtelle’s global market coverage, including operations in the UK, Scandinavia and now Germany as well as The Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Australia and Malaysia, allows it to serve more than 50 markets worldwide.

Emtelle’s sales and technical teams work together globally to provide the highest standard of excellence throughout all its activities, including in customer service, and to maintain industry leadership in fibre and ducted networks by using the company’s production capacity to develop and perfect the best possible solutions.

For more information about Emtelle, please go to http://www.emtelle.com/

For further information please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or brian.dolby@proactive-pr.com.

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