Foreigners trained in fibre networks in Malta
As Malta’s next generation high speed internet broadband concept starts to take shape, Malta is also serving as a training centre for the roll-out of fibre optic networks around the world.
This training is being organised by ICT Networks, founded in Sweden, and the IFTAC (Institute for Fibre Optic Training and Certification) which has been involved in training in the area of qualified IT and fibre optic applications since 1996. ICT Networks has a Malta office. Next week a group of employees from the Swedish company Skargards Scharkt, specialists in civil works, trenching and duct infrastructure for large fibre optic networks, will be in Malta for intensive training.
ICT Networks has carried out the installation of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in several Swedish cities and installs FTTH for telecoms giant Ericsson all over the world.
IFTAC commissioned training has assisted about 300 companies from 50 countries since 2004. It provides training in the area of planning, construction and operation of fibre optic broadband networks.
IFTAC has also developed the Swedish trade certification standard Certified Fibre Technician (CFT) and trains and certifies in CFT-specific or related applications. Sweden’s largest operator, Telia Sonera and many other industry players require CFT competence from all subcontractors and their employees in connection with the deployment of fibre networks.
In Malta Go and Melita has fibre-based networks but FTTH is still not available nationwide. Earlier this year the government issued an expression of interest for the deployment of next-generation fibre networks and relative high speed broadband in Malta.