Broadband Communities

MAR-APR 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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MARCH/APRIL 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 65 BEYOND THE PIPE DREAM Even though the industry is moving toward fiber and there is a valid business case, from a business and social perspective, to build fiber networks, each city needs to determine if an FTTx build is feasible in its location. To do this, it must start with a solid, data-driven foundation and understand everyone's data needs. ere are a number of key roles, each of which is important at different stages of the process. e roles can be filled by internal and external individuals, and individuals commonly have multiple roles. Some of the key roles and their data requirements are shown in Figure 1. ROLE RESPONSIBILITY DATA INTERESTS Project sponsor Set the vision for the project and enable other roles to deliver. – Households passed – Connected customers – Construction spend – Network cost – Projected completion date Customer advocate Ensure that current and potential customers are informed and have a voice. – Current and potential customer locations – Number of customer support calls – Number of public questions – Website data Financial controller Provide transparency on cash position, revenue and debt. – Net present value of project – Bills payable – Subscriber revenue – Product pricing, market and internal Technology subject matter expert (SME) Provide guidance and facilitate the implementation of internal- and external-facing products, processes and systems. – Number of users on each system – Entity technology map – Data formats – Data interfaces – Data management – Data sources Telco SME Specify and describe the networking interactions and technologies. – Traffic data – Bandwidth usage and capacity – Forecast connections Design SME Create and facilitate the network design process and deliverables according to best practice. – Number of households designed – Fiber route miles per customer – Design input and output data quality Construction SME Implement designs by setting construction standards and advising on methods. – Number of contractors – Skill sets of contractors – Location of work – Schedule of work – Breakdown of work items – Number of machines – Run rate Manufacturer Provide transparency on cost and availability of materials. – Amount of materials required – Forecast schedule – Location of materials – Material specifications Network operator Ensure that customers receive a high-quality service. – Bandwidth usage – Customer traffic profile – Connection to the customer – Location of assets Figure 1: Roles and their responsibilities and data needs

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