Broadband Communities

JUL 2016

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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60 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | JULY 2016 FIBER-TO-THE-HOME TOP 100 LIST Summary: NEO Connect, founded by telecom and FTTH veteran Diane Kruse, provides strategic consulting services for utilities, municipalities, companies, tribal communities, real estate developers, grant recipients and government agencies that deploy fiber optic, gigabit and fiber-to-the-home networks. Services include consulting, feasibility studies, financial and business planning, financing, contract negotiations, design and engineering services, RFP writing and vendor management, project management, program management and appraisal services. Located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the firm has served communities across the United States. Nokia www.nokia.com 908-582-3000 Key Products: Equipment for fixed and mobile broadband access, IP routing and optical networks; software and services to optimize network performance Summary: In an exchange of stock, Nokia absorbed networking equipment rival Alcatel-Lucent in January 2016. Headquartered in Helsinki, Nokia is expected to have sales of roughly $30 billion in 2016, about 30 percent of that in North America. With the addition of Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia is now a worldwide leader in fixed broadband equipment, including FTTH electronics of all kinds as well as near- FTTH technologies such as G.fast. New in 2016 is a passive optical LAN solution based on GPON technology. Nokia's next-generation 10 Gbps FTTH technologies are making headway in the market, with its NG-PON2 solution deployed by EPB Fiber Optics in Chattanooga, its 10G-EPON solution deployed by Starman in Estonia and its XGS-PON solution tested by China Mobile. e combined company has about 104,000 employees and an annual R&D budget of well over $5 billion. In the mix is the former Bell Laboratories, now Nokia Bell Labs, which had gone to Alcatel in its acquisition of Lucent a decade earlier. OFS www.ofsoptics.com 770-798-5555; 888-342-3743 Key Products: Optical fiber; optical fiber cable; fusion splicers; fiber management and connectivity products for homes, businesses, data centers and MDUs; network design services Summary: OFS's heritage, which goes back to the original Bell Labs, includes pioneering research and development in fiber optics. Wholly owned by Furukawa Electric of Japan, OFS designs, manufactures and supplies optical fiber, fiber optic cable, specialty photonics and optical connectivity solutions, providing end-to-end fiber optic solutions for outside-plant and inside-plant networks. Products include EZ-Bend ultra-bend- insensitive optical cables and InvisiLight solutions for nearly invisible in-MDU and in-home fiber deployments; AllWave+ ZWP full-spectrum, zero-water-peak, bend-optimized OPTICAL LAN SOLUTIONS The following companies sell fiber-to-the-desk solutions for corporate or campus LANs. COMPANY NAME WEB ADDRESS 3M Company/ Communication Markets Division www.3M.com/telecom Cisco Systems www.cisco.com Corning Optical Communications www.corning.com/opcomm CommScope www.commscope.com Nokia www.nokia.com Tellabs www.tellabs.com Zhone Technologies www.zhone.com "Fiber to the premises is not considered a luxury anymore – it is becoming necessary for homes, businesses and communities to operate. Today, people's lives depend on reliable and fast internet access. It's important that service providers are able to rely on a network's ability to scale and increase bandwidth as the population demands. As an industry, our goal is to ensure that every person has the opportunity to receive high-speed broadband services." – Michael Fischer, Vice President of U.S. Sales, Zhone Technologies

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