Manpower shortage could delay FTTH network rollouts

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Chairman of Telekom Malaysia and Multimedia University, Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim Shafie, (second left) sharing insights with Victorian Government Commissioner to Malaysia and South East Asia Tim Dillon, while SENKO Managing Director Fouad Jaffer signs the MoU.

A century ago, electricity was introduced to the world – initially as a luxury but progressively making its way to become a basic necessity for living. Today, the same scenario applies to the growing hunger for high-speed internet access as a basic everyday utility.

According to the FTTH (Fibre-to-the-Home) Council of Asia-Pacific, the number of FTTH subscribers in this region is anticipated to soar from from 58 million to 140 million by 2015. Last calendar year alone, there was on average more than 1,700 new FTTH subscribers every single hour.

Here in Malaysia, the recent Astro-Maxis partnership to offer over 1 Million households what it calls as “the Best Value in Entertainment and High Speed Broadband”  was encouragingly received throughout the country as Malaysians become more entrenched – and spoilt – by the trappings of today’s digital lifestyles that transcend both work and play. And credit to Astro and Maxis. They spotted the market opportunity, and are seizing it with both hands backed by a solid communications campaign.

However, the FTTH Council adds that there could be a huge challenge should demand continue soaring as expected.

“The biggest drawback for FTTH is the shortage of skilled expertise to address increasing demand. This could result in deployment delays and, as a result, possible loss of revenue and higher TCO (total cost of ownership) costs,” FTTH Council APAC VP Bernard Lee told Business Circle.

“Today, there is an urgent need today to nurture more optical engineers and skilled technicians in line with increasing demand for FTTH deployment which is increasing by the day,” he added.

So, what be the solution to this manpower shortage? Quite straightforward: Churn out more tertiary students and empower them with the latest telecommunications industry expertise – which is exactly what Multimedia University Malaysia (MMU) intends to do.

Last month, the university signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SENKO Advanced Components (Australia) Pty Ltd, a telecommunications market leader based in Melbourne within the Australian state of Victoria, to facilitate knowledge transfer between both parties.

This partnership aims for MMU to nurture a sizable number of postgraduate professionals to cater for markets throughout Asia-Pacific.



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Written by: Senko Public Relations Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:15
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