Fiber to the Home Becoming a Basic Need

R&M, When it comes to cabling, fiber optic connections are now standard. Fiber to the Home is becoming just as important as the energy and water supply. This is something R&M, the globally active developer and provider of cabling systems for high-quality network infrastructures, based in Wetzikon, Switzerland, quite clearly emphasizes in the latest issue of its specialist magazine CONNECTIONS.

Among other things, the magazine reports on the essential need for exhaustive fiber optic connectivity. And this need has certainly been confirmed in 2020. Millions of people suddenly had to start working from home as a result of the pandemic. They need stable, fast communication and Internet connections to their companies and clients. Telecommunication networks with conventional copper cabling and DSL Internet access have demonstrated their performance limits, even in large cities of international standing, as illustrated by R&M CMO Andreas Rüsseler.

The traditional architecture of the last mile to the subscriber has not yet been designed to cope with an era of mass teleworking,” says Andreas Rüsseler. While a reliable supply of energy and water has long been standard everywhere, the supply of broadband connectivity poses new challenges. There is a need for symmetric data transmission at minimum speeds of several hundred megabits per second. This can only be achieved with Fiber to the Home (FTTH).

In addition, the emerging 5G antenna network is also dependent on exhaustive fiber optic networks. In this context, R&M presents a possible solution in CONNECTIONS No. 59 involving the use of synergies of FTTH, Fiber to the Antenna (FTTA) and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

A further focal point in the magazine is network technology for the healthcare sector. R&M shows how antimicrobial cabling and network connections in hospitals can contribute to patients’ protection. The magazine also reports on a significant technological change in the Australian audiovisual market. And Matthias Gerber, R&M Market Manger LAN Cabling, introduces the recently established Single Pair Ethernet System Alliance. R&M features several reference projects in which exceptional cabling solutions are in use, including the new head office of watchmaker Swatch, the innovative laboratory and medical technology manufacturers Hamilton, and the visionary Chau Chak Wing Museum of Culture in Sydney.