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HUBER+SUHNER's Home Fibering System speeds deployment in Marburg’s city-wide FTTH project

Dreams come true for network providers as customers self-install fibre optic home networks

Stockholm, 18 February 2014 - Optical connectivity specialist Huber+Suhner is helping the German city of Marburg to roll out its high speed broadband services with a unique Home Fibering System (HOFIS) that enables the town's residents to self-install their fiber optic home networks. Set to revolutionise the world of FTTH by dramatically speeding the time to deployment, the simple but innovative HOFIS system will be on show for the first time anywhere in the world at HUBER+SUHNER's booth at the FTTH Council's European conference in Stockholm later this month and Marburg's ground-breaking deployment will be featured as a "living case study" on the stand (G2).

The public utilities (Stadtwerke Marburg) in the picturesque German university town of Marburg are currently installing fiber optic cabling throughout the city and Huber+Suhner has been chosen to provide a self-install, plug-and-play solution that enables rapid deployment within homes and apartments.

Provided free-of-charge to residents by the utility company, HOFIS is a self-installation system for houses and apartments and can be deployed as soon as buildings are connected to the town's fiber optic FTTH system. Homeowners and tenants are sent their free HOFIS pack and can complete their home installation when they wish, deciding themselves where they want the junction box mounted and where they want the fiber optic cable laid from the initial home entry point.

Stefan Koch, project manager at Stadtwerke Marburg, said: "Self-installation really works. Everyone benefits from our collaboration with HUBER+SUHNER. We as the local authority do not have to arrange appointments, only to find ourselves in front of locked doors. We don't have to move furniture or hold long and difficult conversations about the siting of the boxes."

HOFIS provides exceptionally easy installation of fiber into the home. The system combines the Huber+Suhner optical socket (OTS2) with prefabricated low-bend-installation cables (class G.657 A2). The innovative dust-proof packaging made of recyclable PET plastic not only protects the system during transportation, but also provides a fast and effective method for unrolling the cable and attaching the socket on-site. This "plug and play" system eliminates the need for time-consuming splicing in the home. HOFIS is available with a variety of cable lengths and fiber counts and comes with the FITH-typical connectors BLINK, LC or SC .

Christian Sutter, HUBER+SUHNER's FMS Product Manager, said: "This is an exciting proposition for any operator wishing to speed up its roll-out of FTTH. It removes the need for expensive and time-consuming door-to-door installation by the operator by empowering the individual resident with a very simple installation solution. It gives residents the flexibilty to choose when and where they locate the Fibre in the Home network (FITH) he or she wants to achieve."

The HOFIS Home Fibering System will be on show at Huber+Suhner's booth G2 at FTTH Council in Stockholm, 17-20 February 2014. Stefan Koch from Stadwerke Marburg will give a presentation of the FITH self-instal in-house solution in an FTTH Council Workshop on Tuesday 18th February at 16.45. In addition HUBER+SUHNER's Sales Director, Steve Ramel, will talk on the subject of "Let's talk about cost (of deploying FTTH)" on Wednesday 19th February at 14.30-15.45.

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For further information, please contact: Sheila Lashford on +44 (0) 1636 812152 or email on [email protected] or Christian Sutter on [email protected].

About Stadtwerke Marburg
For more than a hundred years, the Marburg local authorities have been a reliable partner in the well-known university city, when it comes to energy, water and public transport. The organisation has modernised in the face of changing competition conditions and has developed new business areas and subsidiaries as part of this restructuring. Since 2005, Marburg has been offering high speed broadband and data connections via Wireless-DSL and fiber. Find out more at: http://stadtwerke-marburg.de/glasfaser.html

About HUBER + SUHNER Group
Based in Herisau and Pfäffikon (Switzerland), the HUBER + SUHNER Group is a leading international manufacturer of components and systems for electrical and optical connectivity for communications and the transport and industrial sectors. The company has core competencies in the areas of high frequency, fiber optics and low frequency. HUBER + SUHNER develops and manufactures products of the highest quality, working in close cooperation with its customers. Its product range includes coaxial, fiber optic and copper cables, cable systems, connectors, antennae and lightning protection components. The company has a global presence with 25 subsidiaries and numerous agencies in over 60 countries. Further information about the company is available at www.hubersuhner.com.

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