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Connected Home Trend Will Lead to Even Higher Dependency on a Reliable Connection, says UTEL; New ways of monitoring fibre and copper networks will be key to keeping customers happy

May 1, 2014



SUFFOLK, United Kingdom, and COLOGNE, Germany -- A leading independent research and development company for telecommunications systems named UTEL is warning operators and service providers to future proof their fibre and copper network upgrades or face increasing numbers of disgruntled customers.

Despite fibre rollout to the home, building or cabinet becoming more and more widespread for many networks across Europe and the rest of the world, for most it is still not possible to monitor status in real time. For most operators managing copper networks it is also not possible to have reliable visibility all of the way into the customer premises.

"Telecom service providers are focusing on smart applications to generate new revenue sources and technology vendors are currently building their product ecosystems. The era of the smart home, coined some twenty or thirty years ago, is now teetering on imminent prominence," says Frank Kaufhold, Managing Director of UTEL. "At ANGA there will be no end of discussions on media home gateways, apps for TV usage, home security and smart metering, all of which go way beyond triple play applications. The more customers that rely on these technologies, the more they will notice when the service is disrupted and ultimately the greater the importance network reliability will hold. I predict it will become a key differentiator, even as important as advertised download speeds are now, in the future."

UTEL is the only company in the world to have developed a new complete fibre network management system which includes a central office OTDR fibre test system that can reliably detect ONT reflections through 128 split PONs without expensive wavelength dependent reflectors. The company also has copper covered with its Test Access Switch Matrix (TASM) which unlike single ended, double ended or metallic line tests (selt, delt, melt), does not rely on an active customer modem. It can detect and isolate faults on the copper line from the contact centre and without the need for skilled engineers to interpret the data.

Kaufhold added: "What we have is technology more advanced than anything else on the market. It can find faults before customers detect them and makes sure the entire network is running at optimal levels with fewer expert engineers. It's win win cutting costs, whist improving resilience."

The UTEL Fast Light PON management system consists of three key subsystems including a unique world class 1650nm OTDR that can see through multiple cascaded splitters, an ultra low cost Robotic Optical Test Access Switch that can be flexibly expanded as the network grows and an optional OSS or Application Programming Interface.

UTEL will be available to discuss how it can help implement fibre and copper monitoring solutions at ANGA COM, in Cologne, Germany, from May 20-22, 2014. The company will be showcasing its revolutionary Fast Light technology as well as TASM.

For further information about UTEL and its product range visit www.utel.co.uk.

About UTEL:

United Technologists Europe Limited (UTEL) is a founder owned UK limited company, incorporated in 1993 by two R&D engineers Frank Kaufhold and Paul Grafton. Their ambitions were simple if idealistic: - They wanted to build a commercially successful R&D focussed company without compromising their own ethical and environmental values and create an unconstrained working environment that would maximise innovative productivity.

Today UTEL has more than 50 employees in the UK, France and China with the majority directly focussed on R&D and a turnover of 20 million Euros. All manufacturing and installation of UTEL's solutions is carried out by European subcontractors under the company's direct control. Unusually, this commercial success has been achieved purely through organic growth and internal reinvestment without outside financial support.

UTEL's key markets are Copper and Fibre Test Access Switches and testing solutions. The company's strength is its ability to innovate and create optimal solutions at lightning speed. UTEL's area of expertise covers a wide range of disciplines including analogue and digital electronics, mathematics, software, mechanical and production engineering and has recently been extended to cover civil engineering to enable the costs to be taken out of FTTC deployment.

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