SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest shares its expertise to set up a specialist fibre-optic R&D centre at the disability-friendly company ITEA
Saint-Denis, 20 January 2016 – SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest has announced a unique partnership with ITEA, a disability-friendly subsidiary of ITAS Group specialising in mobile infrastructure, in particular mobile phone towers. The aim is to support the development of ITEA’s FTTH(1) activities by training the first employees of the company’s new internal R&D centre.
Launched in September 2015, this partnership is part of the general roll-out of fibre-optic technology for the major telecoms firms. Some of the R&D work which used to be performed exclusively by SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest prior to the installation of fibre-optic technology (e.g. reliability, project viability and bandwidth evaluations and project drafting) will now be carried out by ITEA’s new R&D centre. The first staff members, recruited in November 2015 as project designers, received two weeks’ training from SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest’s FTTH(1) R&D Manager.
Now functioning independently and dealing with increasingly complex requests, the new FTTH R&D centre is set to grow over the next few months particularly with the recruitment of new employees with disabilities who have had limited access to the job market. ITEA’s partnership with CAP Emploi(2) has also made it much easier to recruit people with disabilities and provide them with everything they need to do the job.
During a visit to ITEA’s Anet site on 12 January, Wassim Kamel, Deputy Prefect of the Province of Dreux, opened the first work meeting of 2016 between ITEA and SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest and commented that the new partnership was working well.
“The success of this unique partnership is fully in keeping with our diversity and responsible purchasing policy,” explains Christophe Masson, SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest Purchasing Director and head of responsible purchasing for SPIE Group. “Furthermore, this partnership should enable us to provide our clients – both telecoms operators and local authorities – with improved support in the roll-out of fibre-optic networks. In 2015 we were able to make 100,000 homes eligible for the scheme in the SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest region.”
(1) FTTH (Fibre to the Home) is the roll-out of fibre-optic technology from the optical connection node to homes or businesses.
(2) CAP Emploi is a French national network of specialist recruitment bodies designed to support people with disabilities and employers.