Broadband Communities

JUL 2017

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 2017 Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2017 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 are leading the way in this arena. When the Top 100 list was started, more than a decade ago, the fiber-to-the-home industry was new. e list included nearly every broadband-related company that was even thinking about fiber, some that planned to start thinking about it soon, and some that specialized in other broadband technologies entirely. Over the years, the list became increasingly focused on fiber broadband. Even as FTTH electronics became commoditized and the number of companies making this equipment dwindled (see this issue's Bandwidth Hawk column), the FTTH ecosystem became more complex, and the industry as a whole grew rapidly. e 2017 FTTH Top 100 list represents many niches in this 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 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. e list also includes a variety of organizations that advocate for high-performance broadband or create the conditions that make FTTH more profitable. ORGANIZATIONS ADDED TO THE 2017 FTTH TOP 100 LIST ACRS Actavo Alianza Altice USA Charter Communications / Spectrum; Community Solutions City of Ammon, Idaho, Fiber Optic Department Comsof / FiberPlanIT; Danella Companies EntryPoint Networks eX 2 Technology NBT Solutions / VETRO FiberMap; SmartRG The Broadband Group / TBG Network Services

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