Broadband Communities

JUL 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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26 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | JULY 2014 Leaders and innovators in the fber-to-the-home arena for 2014 A BBC Staf Report B roadband Communities' annual FTTH Top 100 list celebrates organizations for their contributions to "Building a Fiber-Connected World." Connecting the world with fber requires a complex ecosystem, and one of the goals in constructing this list is to represent as many niches in that ecosystem as possible. Obviously, the frst component of a fber-connected world is optical fber, and the second is connections – not only physical connectors but also enclosures, fber terminals, distribution hubs, ducts and the hundreds of other devices that protect and connect fbers. Sending and receiving signals over fber requires electronic devices – optical line terminals, optical network terminals, aggregation switches, residential gateways and so forth – and devices to test fber. Software is needed to set up and manage fber optic networks and to provision and bill fber services. Te "building" part of building a fber- connected world requires frms that plan, design, engineer, construct and install fber optic networks, as well as equipment for digging, pushing, pulling and attaching fber. Network owners – large and small, private and public, incumbent and competitive – are responsible for deciding what and where to build, investing in networks, operating them and delivering services. In addition, the list includes several nonprofts that help communities become educated about broadband and work efectively with potential providers, as well as one public- private partnership (US Ignite) that fosters development of new applications that will drive demand for FTTH networks. Tis year's list includes one new category – fnance. Financing fber to the home is often a challenge, even for a proftable network. Wall Street demands more rapid return on investment than FTTH can deliver, bank ORGANIZATIONS APPEARING ON THE FTTH TOP 100 LIST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2014 BHC Rhodes Black & Veatch C Spire/C Spire Fiber CCG Dasan Networks USA ECFiber Henkels & McCoy Inteleconnect Macquarie Group Magellan Advisors MaxCell Samsung Fiber Optics business/fberoptics

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