Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2018

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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M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | 5 3 (To finance the network up front, the homeowners association borrowed from its membership and from a commercial source.) is gave the community the ability to build the most future-proof network possible – a point-to-point Ethernet architecture that supports unlimited bandwidth demand for existing homes and a backbone with spare capacity that will support the growth of the community and even the expansion of the network to neighboring communities. e Sea Ranch engaged GigabitNow, a Seattle-area company, to design, build, maintain and operate the network. e network was activated for the first 500 homes in December 2016 and was available to all 1,900 premises by August 2017. Exceeding the homeowners association's expectations, 84 percent of homeowners opted for internet access, and 40 percent signed up for phone service. MDU AND SECOND-HOME OWNERS WORK AT HOME In preparation for the Great Communities session, Broad B and Communities commissioned Michael Render, CEO of the market research firm RVA LLC, to survey owners of units in multiple-dwelling-unit (MDU) communities and vacation homes about their need for broadband. is is the largest, most detailed survey of its kind to date. At the session, Render reported that very high speed, reliable broadband was the highest-rated amenity for MDU unit owners, with 86 percent of respondents considering it important or very important. FTTH subscribers The longer a condo owner's commute, the more important telecommuting is. Connectivity is important for owners who want to spend more time at their vacation homes. Barry Walton, Corning: Deploying fiber to the unit in a multifamily building can be very challenging, and following a set process can maximize the chances of success. We learned at Bell Aliant that mirroring the original copper installation wasn't necessary; in a fiber deployment, it's best to gather as much information as possible (including blueprints and photos), review the owner's requirements and explore all the design options before deciding on a design approach. Each building has unique characteristics, and these will impact the design selected. Not only the cost of the deployment but also the time it will take and the risks of possible damage are important. Getting the owner to sign off on the plan is crucial, and so is making sure the owner and residents understand what to expect in terms of timeline, products used and quality of the result. It's becoming more cost-effective to bring fiber to every unit and then store the slack if the resident isn't going to subscribe – this reduces technicians' installation time if the resident takes services at a later date. In some buildings, it may even make sense to "fish" the wire inside the walls of all the living units. Barry Walton, Corning Source: RVA LLC Source: RVA LLC

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