Mustek partners with UK firm

Listed ICT group, Mustek has signed an exclusive deal with m2fx, a British fibre optic manufacturer, to provide the South African cabling industry with its Miniflex range of protective systems.

Mustek says that, with the arrival of cross-Atlantic fibre cables, from the east coast (EASSy and Seacom) and west coast (WACS & SAex) of Africa, a new era has arrived in the communications market for the continent, bringing with it an abundance of new broadband options.

“Considering the massive drive to install broadband technology and supply fibre solutions into homes and businesses, we believe this will change the whole FTTx market approach within Southern Africa and eventually Africa. Mustek has recognised this as a great opportunity for our market,” said Hein Engelbrecht, managing director at Mustek.

“We are thrilled to bring this solution to local cabling companies, offering major time and cost saving from both a labour and installation perspective.”

According to Mustek, broadband fibre optical network expansion is driven predominantly by the major cellular network companies. The need to implement new high-speed communication technologies, such as 4G, is fuelling the fire for faster and higher capacity networks.

The explosion of optical fibre networks, provides the infrastructure and platform for the next two major shifts in broadband supply:

  • The first shift we are seeing is in the Fibre to the Business /Building (FTTB) market, which has already begun. Businesses are taking full advantage of cheaper available broadband or optical fibre networks connecting their businesses directly to their ISP’s.
  • The second shift, still to really take off in Africa, will be Fibre to the Home (FTTH), already common in first world countries. This sees the reception of voice, data and possibly IP TV packaged in one bundle over one fibre optic cable from service providers at low, efficient and competitive rates.

“Our core focus is to supply solutions that make fibre use robust, compact, simple to use and cost effective – whether it is for the home, the telecommunications market, datacomms or the transportation and aviation market.”

“Costs are driven down by less skilled labour and specialist equipment required onsite combined with easy to install and durable designs.” said Martin Gossling, VP Sales and Marketing at m2fx.”

“We believe that this could be just the product that the local market has been waiting for to really kick start and fuel last mile fibre,” Engelbrecht said.

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