Iskratel and Telenco partner to help widen FTTH in France

Created March 14, 2019
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Iskratel, the Slovenia-headquartered provider of broadband access solutions, is partnering with French telecoms equipment company Telenco Distribution to support its fibre deployment market expansion in France.  

As part of the new partnership, Telenco Distribution will provide Iskratel’s full range of GPON solutions for future-proof upgrades of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks across France. This will enable Telenco Distribution to “meet the demands of some of France’s leading telecom players”, as well as the rising demand for ultra-fast broadband across the country, said the partners.

 “We have concluded a distribution agreement with a leading European partner in Iskratel,” said Manuel Panart, CEO of Telenco Distribution. “This new offer allows us to provide major customers with new products and dedicated technical support and is fully in line with our diversification strategy.”

 The collaboration comes as the French government aims for all households to have access to broadband speeds of 30mbps or more by 2022, of which 80% should be supplied by fibre to their property.

 Telenco has built a global offering of passive materials and equipment for operators and network installers named Axe Fibre, with Iskratel now helping to extend it.

 Laurent Conrad, commercial director at Telenco Distribution, said: “Iskratel is one of the few vendors able to provide complete GPON solutions to European operators directly from Europe, with complete support available from its European headquarters and research and design facilities, making it an ideal partner for us. We can now provide the French market with active equipment and all associated services.”

 The range includes Iskratel’s new customised centralised management system, which allows operators to optimise their network operations, reducing operational expenses and “allowing problems to be fixed before customers complain”. Iskratel’s FTTH home gateways have supported the GPON standard for the last ten years and enable operators to seamlessly migrate to next-generation PON networks, without having to replace their existing hardware.

 “To enhance and extend our market growth in France, it was vital that we chose a strong partner which has a proven track record and valuable expertise in meeting the specific requirements of operators in the market,” said Thomas Mila, sales manager at Iskratel. “This partnership is an important stride in bringing Iskratel’s future-proof broadband solutions to the homes of end-users across France and, ultimately, enabling operators to meet the rising demands for ultra-fast broadband speeds, cost-effectively and in real-time.”


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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation