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2017 Fiber Connect Spotlight: Leading Best Practices in Deployment

In just a few weeks, we’ll be meeting in Orlando at Fiber Connect 2017 — and we’re excited to explore strategies and technologies affecting the design, development, and deployment of all-fiber networks, with a focus on today’s hardware, software, and best practices. One of our tracks will focus on the techniques, product improvements, and installation practices that can immediately be applied to enhance your next build.

Join us June 12–14 in Orlando at Fiber Connect 2017 to learn about Leading Best Practices for Fiber Deployment.

Sessions in this track include:

Smithville Fiber: Building a GigaCity

Smithville Fiber has just completed year two of a four-year project where they are overbuilding an entire city in southern Indiana with fiber optics. For this project, Smithville has committed to making gigabit connectivity available to every home or business within Jasper, Indiana’s city limits. Not only did Smithville completely change their standard deployment model in order to help streamline processes and save costs, they were faced with the obstacle of establishing themselves as a new provider in the area.

With over 1,200 homes already passed and almost 300 new customers online, Smithville has had their successes and lessons learned. Learn about how they did it and where they are today in the project. Smithville is an example of how partnering with the right municipality, not being afraid to come up with an outside-of-the-box plan, independent telcos can keep up with the big boys.

Efficient, Compliant & Visible Network Testing with Field Test Process Automation & Analytics

Successfully meeting customer expectations for service availability and long-term service quality requires both rapid and correct optical network deployments. Optical network installations involve three basic pieces: construction planning, installation and testing management and test results audit and verification.

Learn how field test process automation and analytics provides a foundation for escalating benefits for network engineers/designers and operations, finance, product management and marketing executives at service providers.

Building an Entire Municipal Network with Public-Private Partnerships, Co-Locations, Traffic Signal Interconnections, and Very Little Money

By instituting a highly innovative approach to interconnecting signalized intersections and utility control systems (AMR, AMI and SCADA systems),

A number of Colorado cities are developing extensive multi-purpose broadband networks for about 1/10th the cost of a traditional approach by using an innovative approach to interconnecting signalized intersections and utility control systems. Other innovative approaches are involving a variety of Public-Private Partnerships, coordinating co-location requests, re-purposing existing infrastructure, “dig once” and “joint build” construction opportunities with private sector providers and innovative right-of-way permitting and revenue recovery procedures.

The presentation will highlight the efforts of one Colorado city which installed 137,000 feet of conduit and 85,000 feet of fiber optic cable through these innovative approaches. The city obligated only $600,000 of funds for underground conduit installation and created more than $6,000,000 in value — providing 10 dollars in benefit for every dollar of cost. The network is now within ½ mile of about 21,000 households and 3,250 businesses and is off to an excellent start on creating a new broadband network from scratch.

The Evolution of the All Fiber Network

FTTH is evolving into more challenging deployment areas. This evolution is opening up opportunities for new architectures and deployment methodologies. The session will introduce new methods for improving the ROI for hard to reach areas by introducing alternative pathways and architectural approaches for deployment.

Microtrenching Systems Improve Productivity and Profitability on Fiber-Installation Jobs

Internet users are now demanding more instantaneous, high-speed internet connections more than ever. Due to this trend, fiber installation is rapidly increasing as carriers scramble to bring fiber-optic cable connections directly to homes, businesses, government facilities and educational institutions across the country.

As demand for fiber installations remains high, so does the demand for utility contractors, and their need for efficient technology and fast turnaround on these installation jobs. Utility contractors are increasingly turning to microtrenching solutions on many fiber jobs, especially in congested urban environments that require a less disruptive method for fiber installation.

Microtrenching is paving the way as a new leading, cost-effective solution for installing fiber-optic cable along paved rights-of-way. Unlike traditional installation methods, microtrenching cuts a narrow, shallower trench — deep enough to get under the upper layer of solid ground, but shallow enough not to interfere with existing utilities. This presentation will discuss microtrenching as an emerging solution for fiber installation, reasons for its growth and associated benefits to the solution.

GIS Session

This session will cover the significant savings and benefits achieved through the use of enhanced GIS technology throughout the lifecycle management of FTTH networks, explaining the main applications and advantages obtained in each phase of the network deployment: planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance.

The session will also introduce a model to calculate the savings achieved in CAPEX/OPEX by the use of GIS technology.

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