Comsof at FTTH19: on 5G and client endorsements

The FTTH Conference edition 2019 has come to an end. We can look back on a very successful edition. We welcomed a lot of guests and clients at our booth, many of our clients took the time to endorse our software. Our presentation on the 5G study results, was a moment to remember.

The FTTH Conference Europe is the biggest FTTH event in the world. As we are proud to be the leading company in planning and design software for FTTx networks, we decided to up our game and become a silver sponsor. This is how our booth became the hotspot for all companies that are in the forefront of building futureproof FTTx networks.

Our biggest ambassadors are our clients from around the world. So, we were honoured they wanted to share their thoughts on using Comsof Fiber.

Comsof Fiber at a glance

Proximus, the Belgian incumbent, explained the complex national telecom architecture. There are no ducts available for example, and the building topology is quite heterogeneous. These aspects, among others, make the design of a futureproof network challenging. So Proximus had to innovate to cope with these challenges. One way was to choose façade deployment instead of going underground, they also turned to advanced analytics, and started using Comsof Fiber to automate the design process.

proximus and comsof fiber

CityFibre is building a new generation of futureproof digital infrastructure in the UK. It is investing £2.5 billion to serve 5 million homes with a full-fiber connection. CityFibre decided to keep control over every step of this process. One of their many challenges was the transition from planning manually to system-oriented designs. The company chose to partner up with Comsof for the planning and design phase. This partnership proved to be of great value for both parties.

cityfibre and comsof fiber

Virgin Media Ireland is the country’s largest digital TV cable operator. It started using Comsof Fiber Simulator and Designer as an integration of GE’s Smallworld in 2018. Before Comsof Fiber, the company drew its plans manually. This process was slow and not straightforward. Comsof Fiber streamlined the design process, generated substantial time savings, and it allows planners to amend designs during the build.

virgin media and comsof fiber

We were happy to welcome hundreds of interested guests in the Forum room.

Comsof workshop FTTH Conference

Other Comsof Fiber references were Sofrecom, Fluvius, Broadband Factory and We Do IT.

Comsof and 5G: the perfect convergence

“There will be no 5G without fiber”, said Ronan Kelly, President of the FTTH Council Europe during the conference. We need small cell densification for 5G to fully deliver its potential. This process relies on fiber densification as it requires fiber to reach every cell site.

So, there is a massive opportunity for convergence, explains a new study by Comsof and Siradel, ordered by the FTTH Council Europe. This study reveals that:

  • the extra investment to make a full fiber network 5G ready is in the range of 0.4% to 7.2%
  • the range of cost savings for a fiber-5G network due to convergence can reach between 65% and 96%


Our CEO Raf Meersman, who took the lead in this study, presented these remarkable results in a packed conference room. A special thanks goes to Siradel, who partnered with Comsof for this study.

We would like to thank you for joining us and for your massive support. We hope to see you again at the FTTH Conference in Berlin in 2020.