Draka Comteq, the firm which won a prestigious contract to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Amsterdam, says the first phase of its so-called ‘Amsterdam CityNet’ project is being fast-tracked with the aim of providing ultra-high speed broadband services by mid-2008. According to Karel Helsen, Director Marketing of Draka Comteq, the crucial first phase was on target to deliver upload and download speeds over a hundred times faster than those possible with ADSL over copper. Helsen believes the new fibre networks will drive consumer markets for High Definition TV (HDTV), multimedia downloads and file sharing, as well as numerous other community sharing projects. ‘European projects such as Amsterdam CityNet will revolutionise the broadcast and multimedia services industry as we know it today,’ Helsen said. The first Amsterdam areas to have the broadband infrastructure installed are the districts of Zeeburg, Oost/Watergraafsmeer and Osdorp, covering a total of 40,000 houses and buildings.
Draka Comteq, jointly owned by Draka and Alcatel, began construction of Amsterdam CityNet in 2006, partnering with Van den Berg Infrastructuren. Draka Comteq is a specialist firm in the development of optical fibre technology, cabling solutions and applications, and project management expertise for broadband infrastructures.