SiFi Networks, a global provider and operator of fiber optic networks, has strengthened its executive management team with the appointment of David Thomas as Head of Network Operations. In this new role, he will be responsible for the management of the day to day operations of the organization’s technical infrastructure and the integration of multiple Internet Service Providers seeking to deliver value-added services to customers.
With over 33 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector, David Thomas has a unique level of expertise in the development and implementation of workflows for large service centers specializing in the delivery of high quality customer service. He was previously a senior executive at BT, the British-based provider of multinational telecommunications services, and managed the company’s UK Central Operations Unit which monitors the whole BT voice and data network, ensuring optimum availability and quality of service, route and bandwidth optimization on a 24/7 basis.
David Thomas has also been responsible for service development, engineering and customer operations at Carrier1, which operated Europe’s largest telecoms and IP backbone serving over 13 countries with customers such as Telewest and AOL. In addition, whilst acting as Consultant Managing Director for London’s Go Networks, he built the voice and data carrier from scratch helping the company to reach an annual turnover exceeding $24 million in short timescales.
According to Ben Bawtree-Jobson CEO of SiFi Networks: “We are thrilled to welcome David who will become an important part of the SiFi Networks’ team. His expertise and experience in this sector will enable us to further enhance the operational management of our FiberCity™ model that delivers reliable and cost effective gigabit internet connectivity to communities.”
According to the FTTH Council and IDATE Fiber broadband connections in the Asia-Pacific grew by 35% to 115.8 million at the end of 2014 with 338 million premises passed.
Leading the way is Japan with 100% of premises passed, followed by South Korea and Singapore with 95% each.
Japan has one of the most advanced telecommunications’ markets in the world. In a new study by BuddeCom the analyst note suggests that FTTH is making up ‘an increasing proportion of the fixed broadband market at the expense of DSL’ which is leading to operators planning a DSL network shutdown.
“Smart cities are being built upon Fiber, including Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), Fiber-to-the-building (FTTB), Fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) and Fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA), to support higher speeds and the increasing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices for the smart home,” said Peter Macaulay, president of the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific.
However, “there is still a great deal of room for growth in the market,” he added.
“This is an exciting time for the council with new deployments in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Pakistan,” he said. “We are encouraged to see Asia-Pacific homes and businesses becoming more open to the benefits of high speed fiber.”
Other cities in the area which featured in the top seven were Hong Kong, Malaysia and China.