Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 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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MAY/JUNE 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 15 • Eighty-two percent of respondents installed the latest technology to future-proof their buildings. • Wi-Fi access was considered the most important amenity (34 percent), followed by high-speed internet (25 percent) and in-room laundry facilities (13 percent). • irty percent of respondents said quality communications services boosted property values by at least 20 percent. • Technology was an important factor in a renters' decision to sign or renew a lease, according to 89 percent of respondents. • Eighty-eight percent of respondents agreed that tenants age 18–34 preferred high-tech amenities more than residents 52 and older. e report also suggests that property managers and developers are investing in network infrastructure, with 47 percent currently managing fiber networks. Fiber to the building was the most common deployment by a small margin, with 45 percent reporting coaxial cable setups, 39 percent reporting mixed network structures and 33 percent reporting fiber-to-the-unit deployments. "e report reinforced where we're going with our technology and our product line," Slovin told Broad B and Communities . "Technology is ever more important to the multifamily space." Commenting on the disparate types of network technologies survey respondents used, he added, "We tried to look at how we can not just leverage fiber but also provide great services and speeds over multiple technologies." SHOULD PROPERTY OWNERS DO MORE? Residents' demands for technology amenities make it difficult for the industry to keep up – 46 percent of respondents reported they found it difficult to manage technology expectations in their properties. Despite their high level of awareness and investment, the great majority of respondents (83 percent) agreed or strongly agreed their companies could do more to provide the highest level of technology implementation for current and prospective tenants. (ese seemingly contradictory statistics may indicate that investments have not been made consistently across portfolios.) ree-quarters of respondents said they expected an increase in the number of residents working from home in the next three years, and 70 percent said their companies had made technology investments specifically to entice new tenants who worked from

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