Broadband Communities

JUL 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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JULY 2017 | www.broadbandcommunities.com | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 25 Finally, there wouldn't be any fiber to the home if not for the owners – large and small, private and public, incumbent and competitive – that invest in networks, decide what and where to build, operate networks and deliver services. Companies newly added to the list represent several ecosystem niches. Altice and Charter are traditional cable companies adding FTTH to their infrastructure. Ammon, Idaho, is a municipality building an open- access fiber network. ACRS, Actavo, Danella Companies, eX 2 Technology and e Broadband Group are involved in many aspects of planning, design, engineering, construction and operational support for FTTH networks. Comsof and NBT supply software for planning and designing fiber networks. SmartRG, EntryPoint Networks and Alianza supply software that helps operators monetize their networks – SmartRG by automating home network support, EntryPoint Networks by moving control of the broadband access network to the subscriber edge, and Alianza by providing cloud-based VoIP services. SELECTION CRITERIA In selecting the FTTH Top 100, the editors looked for organizations that advance the cause of fiber-based broadband by • Deploying networks that are large or ambitious, have innovative business plans or are intended to transform local economies or improve communities' quality of life • Supplying key hardware, software or services to deployers • Introducing innovative technologies with game-changing potential, even if they have not yet been commercially deployed • Providing key conditions for fiber builds, such as early-stage support or demand aggregation. To be listed among the FTTH Top 100, an organization may be based anywhere in the world but must do business in North America. Except for broadband service providers, which are inherently local, we give preference to organizations that serve national rather than local markets. Overall size is unimportant, as is corporate form – in addition to for-profit companies, the list includes municipal providers, a telephone cooperative and several nonprofits. Although some organizations on the list focus entirely on fiber to the premises or other fiber-based broadband technologies, most deliver or support a mix of broadband technologies. For some, broadband represents only a small part of their business. In making these selections, the editors considered how important the organizations are to advancing fiber broadband rather than how important broadband is to them. e FTTH Top 100 list was researched by Marianne Cotter, Rachel Ellner and Kassandra Kania and overseen by editor-in-chief Masha Zager, with recommendations and advice from editor-at-large Steve Ross. To nominate a company for next year's FTTH Top 100, email masha@bbcmag.com. TOP 100 AT A GLANCE Fiber and Fiber Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 30 Network Planning, Systems Integration, Design, Engineering, Construction, Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 33 Network Testing, Monitoring and Management Services . . . . . . . . . . | 36 Home Routers, Gateways and Related Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 45 Fiber-to-the-Home Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 47 Network Management Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 52 Optical LAN Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 54 Test and Measurement Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 55 FTTH Construction Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 56 Distributors of Fiber Optic Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 65 Network Planning and Design Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 70 Passive Components for FTTH Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 72 "Rural leaders know that to have strong economies, quality education and health care, and lifestyle options, broadband is necessary . After years of hard work, Minnesota is seeing the impact of partnerships among community leaders, state funders and community-minded providers . This winning combination is the way forward to connected communities that work for all . " – Kathleen Annette, President and CEO, Blandin Foundation

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