Broadband Communities

SEP 2018

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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A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | 4 7 (DZS) to bring fiber to its community, providing access to high-speed internet was as much a business opportunity as an opportunity to impact peoples' lives. Ozona Cable, a small cable and internet provider located in a small town in western Texas, recently implemented an FTTP network infrastructure. As the sole cable company in Ozona, Texas, Ozona Cable provided television services to businesses and residents in town. To grow the businesses within the community, Ozona Cable needed to find a way to extend its service offerings beyond basic television. At the time, there was only one other internet service provider – a national company that doesn't have a local office or service technicians to support local residents. When Tony Shields, owner and general manager of Ozona Cable, realized internet services were a need in its community, as well as a business opportunity, he set out to design an FTTP network to deliver affordable high-speed internet to local businesses and eventually the entire community. Ozona Cable called on Multicom, a distributor and system integrator for end-to-end communications solutions based in Longwood, Florida, to help select an affordable, reliable FTTP solution. Ozona Cable's two biggest priorities were to maintain uptime and resolve technical issues quickly. Because Ozona is more than 200 miles from the nearest large city, waiting for a technician to physically travel to Ozona was not feasible. It needed system support from a technical team that could access the system remotely, at any time of the day. Multicom identified DZS as the ideal partner for the Ozona project. DZS equipment was significantly more affordable than other manufacturers' offerings, and it had a dedicated professional services organization to deliver remote technical support. In July 2017, Ozona Cable began laying a 4-mile-long fiber infrastructure in town so it could begin to build the pipeline for its business. It also installed the DZS 1RU MX-180GE optical line terminal at the Ozona Cable headquarters and 2400 ZNID Series optical network terminals at each customer location. e DZS hardware and software is capable of providing 1 Gbps symmetrical service to each customer. After the new system went live, Ozona Cable secured four new large enterprise customers: the local water department, two oil and gas companies and a hardware store. e enterprise customers have had highly positive experiences and say the high-speed internet access helps make their operations faster and easier. e water department says the town's water meters work faster, and the department can now read customers' meters digitally and remotely. Since July 2017, Ozona Cable has experienced 15 percent revenue growth and expects the growth to continue as more enterprise customers and small businesses adopt the services. FTTP: THE ROADMAP TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY FTTP helps enable access to jobs across many industries and allows citizens to migrate out of major cities. As citizens profit, their increase in buying power fuels broader economic prosperity and presents additional opportunities for telecoms to deliver additional services and value to those citizens. New telecom infrastructure is often justified by how much consumers can spend rather than how much knowledge workers can produce. FTTP broadband internet provides this two- way opportunity for prosperity today. rough the end of this century, FTTP opens up the opportunity to further monetize upstream bandwidth that classic broadband internet cannot. e social case that enables transformation from labor to knowledge work is arguably greater in magnitude. e combination of new levels of consumption and productivity changes the lives of individuals, families and entire communities. is combined opportunity has true potential for industrial diversification and economic growth that also improves the quality of life for people who use the network to not only consume but also to deliver their work. Broadband internet access based on fiber is a win-win strategy for the advancement and prosperity of individuals and business alike. v Mario Blandini is head of global marketing for DASAN Zhone Solutions, a supplier of network access solutions for service provider and enterprise networks. Learn more at To help local businesses grow, Ozona Cable built an FTTP network.

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