Europacable welcomes BCO delegation at Douvrin Optical Fibre plant

Today, Europacable, the Association of Europe´s leading cable producers, welcomed a delegation of some 30 officers from 16 Member State Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) and the European Commission at the Douvrin optical fibre plant.

Hosted by one of the leading Europacable member companies, the purpose of the visit was to allow BCO members to get a first-hand view of  the latest optical fibre cable technologies. BCOs are currently being set up as a tool to facilitate broadband roll out across Europe. Their key objective is to support project implementation by helping to access EU funding schemes and to ensure that there is a profound knowledge about the latest available technologies. 

It is in this context that Europacable welcomed the opportunity to provide an introduction to technical aspects of telecommunication networks, a profound insight into key aspects of optical fibre and cable technology and implications in the regulatory framework.

Philippe Vanhille, Chairman of the Europacable Digital Team commented: “We are honoured that the EU’s Broadband Competence Offices have chosen a facility from one of Europacable’s members to learn more about optical fibre technology made in Europe. This underlines the importance of the cooperation between the European institutions and Europacable.” He stressed: “As Europacable we believe that it is of utmost importance to “do it right”: Europe´s broadband roll-out needs to be future-proof and that means high quality cables ensuring long-term service reliability, ease of maintenance and upgrading, as well as high cost efficiency over the entire lifespan.”

Jan Dröge (Schuman Associates), Head of the European Commission’s Broadband Competence Offices, took part in the event. Mr. Dröge has been instrumental in setting up a Support Facility for the national and regional BCOs: “The Support Facility will help set up new BCOs, promote best practices and share knowledge and experience on broadband investments. Our focus will be on rural areas where connectivity challenges are highest. The overall objective is of course to deliver on the EU Digital Agenda targets on broadband rollout, notably a universal coverage of 30 Mbps, and 50% of users connect at 100 Mb/s.”

Please click here to visit the BCO website of European Commission DG Connect.