Broadband Communities

AUG-SEP 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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FTTH Case sTudies Success Stories: Three Fiber Networks Focusing on the needs of a specifc market is a path to success for FTTH deployers. By Masha Zager / Broadband Communities S ome FTTH operators – mostly large telephone companies – have an assortment of marketing and technology strategies for deploying fber in varied situations. Tey have ways to approach rural, suburban and urban deployments, greenfeld and brownfeld, single-family and multifamily housing. Most deployers, however, succeed by selecting a single niche, tailoring a strategy for it and then growing organically into closely related areas. Tis article profles three operators that have succeeded in three very diferent niches. Sandia National Laboratories is an enterprise that acts as its own Internet service provider. Its new optical LAN, which covers a 13-square-mile campus in Albuquerque and serves 13,000 workstations, is more complex than many residential FTTH networks, and its users have extreme demands for bandwidth, reliability and security. Allo Communications, a competitive provider, delivers highbandwidth services to small, underserved communities in western Nebraska. Recently it expanded from serving businesses in those communities to serving residential customers as well. Hotwire Communications, which serves multifamily housing communities in East Coast markets, has expanded to serve the hotel and retail sides of mixed-use developments. Tese three case studies demonstrate that there is no one best application for fber to the home. Rather, what makes a deployment successful is the deployer's deep and detailed knowledge of the market it chooses to serve. Sandia National Laboratories Builds World's Largest Passive Optical LAN At a sprawling, 13-square-mile campus in Albuquerque, N.M., thousands of scientists and engineers at the Sandia National Laboratories seek solutions to top-secret national security issues. Sandia, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, is a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration as well as for other government agencies, companies and organizations. Its mission includes nuclear weapons; defense 26 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | systems; energy, climate and infrastructure security; and international, homeland and nuclear security. Computational biology, mathematics, materials science, alternative energy and cognitive science are only a few of the realms of expertise at Sandia. Researchers at Sandia are equipped with world-class tools and facilities, including high-performance supercomputers, and they collaborate with technical experts from many | August/september 2013

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