I, and everyone at Emtelle, would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their continued business and support for 2016. We appreciate your business and our continued relationship.
A good year! After a pretty busy 2014, 2015 we still managed to increase sales by 15% in 2016, when measured in local currencies.
This year, we seen a growing need for solutions and not just individual products – so we put emphasis on solutions and supporting our clients in deploying the solutions to a high standard to get maximum quality in a network build. We launched various new innovative products this year, including our pre-connectorised fibre microduct bundle QWKconnect, our retractable fibre solution RTRYVA, and our newest tube bundle MultiFu – all specifically developed with ease of installation in mind.
What do we expect for 2017?
Next year the pressure will be on better delivery, better quality and better service – as usual.
Around the world, we expect there will be a shortage of skilled engineers in some countries, and so the de-skilling is seen by Emtelle as an area we will focus on in the future. We expect a focus on “plug and play” products that de-skills this deployment process, such as our Emtelle QWKconnect – a pre-connectorised microduct system.
Major product lines for the year, which show the evolution of fibre unit and duct into easily installed fibre-in-duct products, combining both parts of our heritage in telecoms, include pre-cabled and fibres that are retracted from the microducts and then deployed to each home/business by pushing, pulling or other low cost installation techniques.
Blown fibre continues to be our largest selling product range for FTTX globally, and will continue to be like this for many years to come due to its cost effectiveness and network flexibility. There are many similarities between our blown and non-blown solutions, meaning that we can still provide a dedicated duct pathway to a home or business without the need to always blow fibre in.
As mentioned, we plan to exhibit at even more exhibitions worldwide. We are already confirming plans for FTTH Conference in Marseille in February this year, with a state-of-the-art stand, an Emtelle workshop on “A Checklist for Sustainable FTTH networks & Closing the Skills Gap of Fibre Deployment”, and our international business development manager, Colin Kirkpatrick, presents “8 Ways to Capitalise and Save Costs on FTTH Provision”. Visit us on stand G11 at the FTTH Council Exhibition from the 14th-16th February, Palais de Congres, Marseille, France.
And it’s not just European events we plan on exhibiting at in 2017. We are very excited about exhibiting at FTTH LATAM on 28-30 March in Buenos Aires, where we are a Platinum Sponsor – please visit us on stand 31. We also plan to exhibit at FTTH Fiber Connect 12-14 June in Orlando, and look forward to meeting new and existing customers at the event.
To conclude, 2017 will be about better delivery, better quality and better service. We look forward to the challenges and achievements the year will bring, and look forward to serving you in 2017 and beyond.
Mads A. Høgfeldt