Broadband Communities

MAR-APR 2013

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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FINANCING FIBER What If? Use the BroadBand Communities FTTH Analyzers to refne business cases for deploying fber to the home. By Steven S. Ross / Broadband Communities F iber to the home is diferent. Compared with technologies that reuse as much of the existing copper plant as possible, fber to the home requires more up-front capital. In exchange, fber technologies "give back" in lower operating costs and ofer potential for much higher revenue. Sooner or later, customers will demand the bandwidth that only FTTH can provide. So why not start enjoying the benefts as soon as possible? As the business magazine of our industry, BroadBand Communities has been striving to quantify the costs and benefts of FTTH since 2004, when it frst emerged as a realistic alternative to copper in more than a few specialized situations. Yes, deployment costs BROADBAND COMMUNITIES' FTTH ANAlyzERS Of the fve fnancial models BroadBand Communities has released to date, three are aimed at refning business plans for a build, as an aid in attracting investors: • • • #1: Financial calculator for municipal and franchise-operator builds #2: Calculator for private cable operators, property developers, multiunit buildings and commercial structures #3: Calculator for rural builds. Two others are monthly cash fow models designed to help keep operators on track once construction and operations start: • • #4: Customer monthly revenue calculator #5: 18-month operations cash fow calculator. Other models are in the works, including a detailed "scratch pad" for all fxed and contract costs – any costs that are not directly linked to a customer premises or services sold to a customer. Customer-linked costs are already included in the existing models. You can view and download the models free of charge at We've placed these models into the public domain. Consultants and vendors can use them any way they wish. We always appreciate credit (and accept blame), but if anyone wishes to simply rebrand the models, that's fne – our goal is to grow the industry. We've also run workshops and webinars on all the models, and we can help network builders customize them for their own needs. 28 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | March/april 2013

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