Orange deploys POF for Home Networking

By Goran Nastic

Chip maker Firecomms has said its OptoLock Plastic Optical Fibre (POF) transceiver are being used as a component of Orange’s FTTH-based home networking solution being deployed by the French telco. Orange is deploying POF in the home to reduce installation times and guarantee network reliability, with field results performed by the operator showing high end-user satisfaction ratings.

According to Firecomms, the ready-to-install fibre-optic kit enables Orange customers and installers to connect a TV or computer within a high-speed home network in minutes, minimising the visual impact of the connection thanks to POF’s ultra-thin diameter.

Orange has cited technical performance, simplicity of installation, and discreet design as benefits of the kit. According to Orange field trial results, 98% of users expressed deep satisfaction with this technology.

Other operators installing and/ore trialling POF systems include Swisscom and Portugal Telecom as they seek ways to overcome some of the disadvantages associated with traditional wired technologies.

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