have named Michel Parent the recipient of the Ninth Annual
. The award was recently presented at the 2012 FTTH Conference & Expo in Dallas.
Parent, of La Prairie, Québec, Canada, has been with Bell Canada’s Outside Plant Technology Research (OTR) group within the Network Technology team for 26 years. He was the key manager who standardized new products for every phase of Bell’s successful fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout this year.
Canada’s largest communications company, Bell launched its next-generation fiber network service – Bell Fibe – in March 2012 in Québec City. The largest FTTH rollout of its kind in Canada, it will reach approximately 300,000 homes and businesses. Bell is investing more than $240 million to deploy FTTH and deliver popular and competitive new communications services in the region, including the latest broadband TV, Internet, and home phone services.
“I am honored to be recognized by Corning and
for my contribution to Bell’s rollout of Fibe,” Parent said. “It was truly a team effort, so I especially look forward to sharing this great achievement with the incredible team I have the privilege of working with day in and day out to deliver Bell’s advanced fiber network to our customers.”
“Michel demonstrates a technical mastery and commitment to quality that has inspired his team at Bell, just as his dedication can inspire all of us who work diligently to deliver FTTH benefits directly to end users,” said Kim Hartwell, senior vice president, Carrier Networks and Customer Experience,
Corning Cable Systems
. “On behalf of everyone at Corning, I congratulate Michel on this honor.”
“Michel is the third winner of the FTTXcellence Award from Canada, which confirms that optical access innovation is widespread in North America,” added Stephen Hardy, editorial director and associate publisher of
. “Other operators seeking to add the many benefits of FTTH technology to their networks would do well to follow the practices Michel and his team established.”
To be eligible for the award, candidates must be nominated by a peer. Nominees may include individuals at carriers and system operators, home developers, utilities, municipalities or other organizations that have launched an FTTX project; individuals at vendors or research organizations whose work has benefited FTTX technology development; public officials or others who have made a significant positive impact in the regulatory or legal arena; and other deserving individuals. This year, Corning and
Heather Burnett Gold
, president, FTTH Council Americas, to the panel of judges who selected Parent as the 2012 FTTXcellence Award recipient.
In addition to the awards ceremony at the FTTH Conference, Parent was honored with a donation in his name to One Economy Corporation, a global, non-profit organization that leverages 21st-century technology to help low-income families build assets and raise their standard of living. He also received a decorative glass award from the
Corning Museum of Glass
in Corning, N.Y., and will be profiled in an upcoming issue of
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