Broadband Communities

JUL 2016

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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24 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | JULY 2016 Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2016 A BBC Staff Report " Building a Fiber-Connected World" is the tagline of Broad B and Communities magazine, and each year the FTTH Top 100 list recognizes organizations that lead the way in this arena. During the last year, the "game of gigs" that began with Google Fiber's Kansas City deployment continued apace, and the editors had plenty of Top 100 candidates to choose from. As in previous years, the FTTH Top 100 list represents many niches in the complex fiber-to-the-home ecosystem. Optical fiber and fiber cables; passive equipment for connecting, protecting and managing fiber; and active equipment for sending and receiving signals over fiber are the most basic components of an FTTH network, along with software for planning, setting up and managing networks and for provisioning and billing fiber services. e list contains many companies that design, manufacture and distribute these essential products. To put all these pieces together requires firms that finance, plan, design, engineer, construct and install fiber optic networks as well as equipment for digging, pushing, pulling and attaching fiber. ese, too, are represented on the list. e list also includes a variety of organizations that advocate for better broadband or create the conditions that make FTTH more profitable. Finally, there wouldn't be any fiber to the home if not for the network owners – large and small, private and public, incumbent and competitive – that invest in networks, decide what and where to build, operate networks and deliver services. Companies newly added or reinstated to the list represent many parts of this ecosystem. Bechtel and Ledcor are large construction firms that have a renewed focus on fiber networks. Deep Fiber Solutions offers a specialized service that speeds the conversion of cable to fiber networks – critically important as cable providers build fiber closer to customers' homes or all the way to the home. CHR Solutions 2016 ORGANIZATIONS ADDED OR REINSTATED TO THE 2016 FTTH TOP 100 LIST American Polywater Corp. Bechtel Biarri Networks CHR Solutions Deep Fiber Solutions GigabitNow Ledcor Rocket Fiber

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