Berne, 26 February 2010
Swisscom has won the FTTH (Fibre to the Home) Council Europe Innovation Award in the Deployment & Operation Innovations category for developing a robot to enable simple and fast expansion of the fibre-optic network. Up to 50 per cent of the underground engineering work involved in laying the fibre-optic network can be avoided thanks to the robot. Swisscom's innovation is helping to speed up fibre-optic expansion in Switzerland and cut costs.
One robot is already being used to build the fibre-optic network. Five more will follow from April 2010. Both Swisscom and its cooperation partners stand to benefit from their use in expanding the fibre-optic network. The robot is to be used as often as possible in the future, not just to expand the fibre-optic network, but to repair the existing network too. Other network construction companies can also use the fibre-optic robots. Bex-based Plumettaz SA, an international specialist in cable-laying products, is set to take on the job of sales and marketing of the robot with immediate effect.