Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2014

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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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 61 the best solution for the applications. Take rates and revenues can be forecast by customer class across a multiyear planning interval to compare business cases and returns on investment of alternative scenarios. Comprehensive information and data about planned projects are always and immediately available. City leaders and planners know in real time what decisions are made and their expected outcomes. Tis information is available in an extensive menu of maps, drawings, schematics, charts and reports. Tis provides a consistent planning methodology for municipal broadband networks, using the inputs of geography, demand, architectures, technologies and connection models. Te result is a comprehensive plan for routing and sizing fber cables and locating active or passive network nodes, expressed in the form of maps, drawings and reports. In sum, an advanced planning solution can substantially reduce the cost, efort and time to plan, engineer and build a gigabit city. v Kermit Ross is president of Network Design Decisions Inc., which markets 21st-century software tools to plan FTTx networks for telcos, cable operators and gigabit communities. Kermit can be contacted at Figure 4: A fber tree shows connections from OLTs to community institutions and cell towers. BBC_Jan14.indd 61 1/27/14 1:48 PM

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