Press Release

A number of exciting new innovations for the UK fibre market will be unveiled as part of the Connected Britain event running virtually from 23rd – 25th September 2020. One particular distribution network solution, RAUSPEED, is making a UK debut following considerable success across Europe. 

RAUSPEED is the sustainable micro duct system from REHAU Telecommunications, a division of the global pioneering polymer business, REHAU. The RAUSPEED system covers all installation methods, including duct in duct with dedicated PIA bundle designs, open trench, macro and mini trenching, and no dig solutions like horizontal directional drilling (HDD) or impact mole applications. Most notably, RAUSPEED has enabled directional drilling of up to 30km in South Germany, whereas the UK record currently stands at 1.2km. REHAU says this has the potential to save companies significant investment and disruption, as well as speeding up projects dramatically.
Experts from the company’s UK and German divisions will be present throughout the event to discuss its potential impact on the future of the UK fibre network. 
Following last year’s launch of the Government’s ambitious strategy for full-fibre broadband in the UK by 2033, manufacturers such as REHAU are continuously developing new solutions to ease the roll out of a nation-wide fibre network. According to Ofcom’s Spring 2020 update for UK broadband, only 12% of UK premises have full-fibre (FTTP) connections.
Paul Churm, Sales Manager of the Fibre Optic Division at REHAU UK, comments: “As we know, there are a number of reasons that the UK is falling behind other European countries with regards to the fibre rollout. That’s why we have been taking learnings from our colleagues on the continent and are excited to bring a game-changing solution to market.
“Looking forward, the expansion of full fibre network relies upon deploying FTTX technology that is future-proofed and failure-safe. Products that allow for a fault free installation will enable ISPs and contractors to get jobs done more quickly.” 
RAUSPEED has a 100-year design life and utilises special interior trapezoidal grooving which means an optical fibre cable can be blown in easily even many years down the line. 
REHAU UK will be online at the virtual exhibition Connected Britain 23rd – 25th September 2020. Connected Britain is the UK’s leading connectivity conference & exhibition. It covers full-fibre & 5G rollouts, the digital economy, smart cities and digital infrastructure development, digital inclusions and the evolving enterprise ICT landscape.
Paul continues: “We are optimistic about the future of fibre in the UK and in setting about reaching the targets. I think it’s an exciting time for telecommunications and Connected Britain is a great platform to start conversations for moving forward with the full-fibre initiative.”
The REHAU Group is a polymer specialist with annual sales of around EUR 3.5 billion. The independent, privately held company has approximately 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations worldwide – 12,000 throughout Europe and 8,000 in Germany. For more than 70 years, REHAU has been working on making polymer products lighter, more comfortable, safer and more efficient. The company delivers market leading product, consulting and service innovations, supported by market specific know-how from four business units, Building Solutions, Furniture Solutions, Automotive and Industry.  
REHAU has 40 years of experience with telecommunication cable ducts, from long-distance networks and local networks through to house connections. Made from PP or PVC, REHAU’s flexible pipe solutions includes everything you need for a passive network, from the backbone to the glass fibre distribution within the building itself.
The Building Solutions division is focused on energy efficiency and delivers a huge range of solutions to the construction industry. It is a supplier of district heating pipework, heating and plumbing, underfloor heating, smart products and water management systems.
REHAU is one of the world’s largest extruders of PVC-U window profile. It offers a range of high-quality profiles for windows and doors in an array of colours, from flush fit windows in Turner Oak to sliding doors in the popular anthracite grey. REHAU also boasts one of the industry’s first co-extruded profiles, using up to 100% post-consumer waste in the core.  
Additionally, REHAU’s furniture division aims to make modern designs easy, offering innovative surface and edging technology. REHAU is a leading supplier of edgebanding as well as its popular RAUVISIO Crystal range including RAUVISIO Crystal Décor– its most recent collection of ‘on trend’ surface materials, suitable for both furniture production and interior wall cladding.
In the UK and Ireland, REHAU supplies a nationwide network of customers through regional sales offices in Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester. Discover more about the business at its REHAU Hub, a dedicated facility at the Building Centre, London, showcasing products and services to clients and specifiers.