m2fx and Mustek Limited meet growing fibre demand with advanced pre-termination plant
Johannesburg and London, 29 October 2013 - To meet the needs of the rapidly developing regional broadband market, Mustek today opened a new optical fibre pre-termination facility. Situated in Johannesburg, the new plant will enable Mustek to supply operators and installers with complete solutions built on m2fx’s innovative Miniflex fibre cable, microduct and protection tube range. This will result in reduced time and labour costs and ensure the highest quality fibre installations.
The number of Fibre deployments (FTTx) is rapidly increasing across Southern Africa, driven by the rollout of superfast broadband, mobile networks and the growth of datacentres. However high installation costs, particularly in the last mile of networks, threatens the pace of rollouts.
The partnership between Mustek and m2fx provides the perfect solution for operators and installers. The innovative Miniflex product range combines toughness and lightness with ultra flexibility, making it ideal to connect up to an existing backbone fibre network. Its unique design and patented QuikPush pushable technology reduces the time and cost of installations by removing the need for specialist equipment or skills and requiring smaller teams. Customers in Europe and North America have achieved savings of up to 60%, allied to greater reliability and reduced maintenance costs.
Through the new Mustek pre-termination facility, the company will provide completed fibre solutions to the local market, built from m2fx’s advanced components. Installers can then simply plug these in without needing to splice cables, thereby reducing lead times and speeding up deployments. Since beginning their partnership in September 2012, Mustek and m2fx have built a successful working relationship, supplying products for multiple installations including DFA, Neotel and RSAweb. Further strengthening this relationship, Mustek is the first approved partner in Africa that is licenced to create pre-connectorised fibre cables, including the QuikPush range.
“Up until now deployment time and cost have been huge stumbling blocks when it comes to large scale rollouts of fibre networks, both to homes and businesses,” said Hein Engelbrecht, Managing Director at Mustek. “Our drive is to make deployments affordable and the new pre-termination plant will enable us to offer m2fx’s proven technology much faster to our local customers, bringing down costs for operators and users. We believe this expanded partnership will grow last mile fibre deployments, providing a high quality, cost-effective solution across southern Africa.”
Employing 574 people nationally, Mustek’s 375m² Johannesburg fibre plant utilises advanced technology and state of the art equipment, giving it the capacity to manufacture thousands of kilometres of pre-terminated fibre cable every year. This will enable Mustek to supply installations throughout Africa through its large scale distribution network which spans South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. To date Mustek has invested over R4m ($1.6) in its new Fibre division.
“Fibre networks are the arteries of today’s information society and increasing fibre penetration is central to Africa’s growth and expansion,” said Tom Carpenter, CEO, m2fx. “Working together with Mustek we can speed up installation, increase reliability and reduce costs for fibre networks of all types. This new investment from Mustek shows their dedication to delivering our technology to the local market and their commitment to the regional economy. It is a blueprint for our expansion in other regions as we address the growing global market for fibre networks.”