Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2017

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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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 29 could support business functions, health monitoring technology and resident internet access. However, in the new community, Givens went a step further: With help from systems integrator Qypsys, it installed a fiber-to-the-unit network that could deliver its own services and the services of the local cable company. Residents can choose whichever service bundle they prefer (most choose Givens services), knowing that the services will be delivered over the same robust, reliable infrastructure. Building a consolidated infrastructure costs about the same as building parallel infrastructures, Foor says, but in the long run, the maintenance costs are lower for a single network, making the total cost of ownership lower. Maintenance isn't the only issue, Foor points out – troubleshooting is easier, too: "ere's only one wire to worry about." VITAL STATISTICS Property Description: Givens Gerber Park is a vibrant, affordable community located in the South Asheville neighborhood of Asheville. It offers one- and two-bedroom rental apartments to seniors 55 and older. Amenities include a café, a fitness center, elevators, a library/computer room, raised garden beds, a medical clinic, tenant storage areas and access to nearby grocery stores, pharmacies and shopping. Residents enjoy activities and services designed to help them remain healthy, engaged and active. Rent is determined by household income. Demographics: 55-plus independent living, with a broader income range than is typically found in traditional affordable housing. Greenfield or retrofit? Greenfield Number of units: 262 Style: Mid-rise Date services started: November 2016 Special requirements: Ability to deliver services from two providers over the same network SERVICES Services offered on the network: Givens offers residents high-speed internet access with a top speed of 100 Mbps, along with video and digital voice services. e video service is injected into the PON from the cable provider that also serves the community. Provider choice: Residents may purchase voice, video and internet services from Givens or the incumbent cable company. All services are delivered over the same fiber network. Point of contact for resident technical support: Givens operates a technology help desk. BUSINESS Who owns the network? Givens owns all parts of the network. What marketing approaches are used? When residents' applications are accepted, Givens asks them to state their communications package options and encourages them to call the technology department or the property manager with questions or concerns before they move in, regardless of the choices they make. PROPERTY OF THE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS ~ Givens Gerber Park, Asheville, North Carolina ~ • Affordable housing for senior independent living • Triple-play services are available from two providers – the property owner and the incumbent cable company. • The two providers share the same fiber infrastructure. • Vendors include iPhotonix, Dasan Zhone Solutions, Cisco and 3CX.

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