The company

Since 1988, FOLAN has been the leading French specialist in passive component solutions for optical fiber networks: core networks, FTTx deployment, Data Centers, Industries…
The engineering and manufacturing of own solutions, as well as customization on demand, establishes FOLAN as a major player at the heart of the industry.

We answer to all types of markets thanks to:

  • a design office responsible for creating high-value products
  • 4 production units:
  1. France: for custom solutions and small production series
  2. United Kingdom: for small and mid-size series
  3. Romania: for mid-size series
  4. China: for large series

The company

Its international activities (representing 20% of the turnover) is in constant development, especially in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Founding of ICTL, specializing in the assembly of optical connectors.

Creation of the first optical patch panels & obtainment of the Raymond Barre prize, rewarding our innovative management system.

The company is certified ISO 9001 and moves into a new 400 sq. m workshop in Vénissieux.

ICTL celebrates its 10-year anniversary. The company employs 15 people and its turnover amounts to 1.7 million euros!

Second move to Vaulx-en-Velin. The company continues to grow, with premises twice as large as the previous ones.

Establishment of the first partnerships to manufacture products in Asia and offer the best quality / price ratio to our customers.

FOLAN trademark is registered: FO (fiber optics) LAN (for networks) & Opening of fusion splicers and OTDRs rental service.

Opening of a maintenance, certification and validation laboratory to complete ICTL / FOLAN’s offer.

FOLAN patents its innovative splicing trays (12 splices) and its blocking system.

Development of the first OTO (Optical Telecommunication Outlet) for FTTH (Fiber To The Home) networks.

The company is expanding again by buying neighboring premises. In total, FOLAN’s site represents 5,000 sq. m, with 2,800 sq. m of premises.

FOLAN celebrates its 20-year anniversary. The company employs 50 people and its turnover amounts to 13.5 million euros.

Merger of ICTL and FOLAN under the same name.

Acquisition of ICS (InterConnect Systems), to expand the scope of our expertise and welcome new talents.

FOLAN celebrates its 30-year anniversary! With a hundred employees and 21 million euros in turnover, the growth led the company to move its headquarters again. FOLAN acquired a new 11,500 sq. m site, larger and more practical to prepare the future.

Launch of our patented product, the plastic patch panel! Designed to guarantee easy and quick installation, it is available in 1U and 3U with 2 or 6 trays of 24 fibers.

Acquisition of Mainframe Communications Limited, which becomes FOLAN's UK subsidiary.

Creation of FOLAN GmbH, FOLAN's German subsidiary.

Our skills

Four production centers for small, medium and large production loads


Design office, test laboratory, quality control


Stock management, quality control, shipping service, delivery optimization


Study and management of client projects, development of components and solutions, optimization of means of communication


Customer service, availability, technical skills for guidance and consultancy, highly responsive

Innovation as our core concern

Thanks to our integrated design office, all FOLAN products are developed and designed in our facilities in the Lyon region.

Our team of skilled engineers designs and tests all of the products in the FOLAN range, while also striving to offer you custom solutions to meet your specific needs.

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The goal of French production

For 35 years, FOLAN has maintained a French production unit located in its premises. Our teams are thus able to respond to requests for custom projects, while ensuring responsiveness and flexibility.

Connectorization of patchcords, assembly of preconnectorized cables, assembly of patch panels, boxes and distribution cabinets: FOLAN adjusts to provide its clients with solutions to meet every need.

In addition, FOLAN sells on its online shop for individuals a very wide choice of subscribers patchcords. These cables, compatible with all fiber boxes of the French market, are manufactured in our premises in Rillieux-la-Pape (69).


Partners who trust us

With 35 years of projects and partnerships, FOLAN has a wide range of clients. Operators, Equipment Manufacturers, Installers, Private Initiative Networks (RIP) or Public Institutions: FOLAN develops solutions adapted to all needs!

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