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Doha 'must upgrade to fibre optic networks'.

AG Convergence (Argon Global Company) and Topnet Distribution have announced the launch of Microsens Fibre Optic solutions for the Qatar market.

A seminar for industry professionals and interested parties wishing to learn more about the products will be held at Sharq Village and Spa tomorrow.

Microsens' Fibre To The Office (FTTO) solution and industrial fibre optic switches can carry over 100gb on a single channel and can be applied on much longer distances than copper cables. Clifford Walker, Senior Airport Specialist at Six Construct, said at a press conference that fibre optic cables have "future proofing of about 50 years", whereas copper cables are increasingly expensive, degrade quickly and cannot have their capacity upgraded.

Microsens GmbH is a German designer and manufacturer of fibre optic conversion and transmission products for a wide range of applications. The only part of their network that needs to be replaced is the microswitch, which can be upgraded to meet the ever increasing capacity of information technology systems.

Speaking about the upcoming seminar, Walker said: "We are trying to get people to accept that there is a technology out there, that can be used now and in the future, that doesn't have to be changed every three to five years. Because of the advances in technology, the advances in computer speed, copper has to be changed every three to five years at the maximum...We're trying to put the message across that fibre is the future and the future is now, not tomorrow. Especially in Qatar for the World Cup, I don't want to see any copper in here at all."

Walker is already involved in a project to introduce FTTO technology to Concourse Three at Doha International Airport, and in other areas where this solution is the most expedient.

Etisalat in Dubai have already launched FTTO for residences and plan to have an entirely fibre network.

Those intersted in the seminar need to register at www.agconvergence.com/seminar.php.

Gulf Times Newspaper 2011

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