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Broadband Properties Magazine November 2007 Issue


President’s Letter
Get the Most Out of Our April ’08 Summit
By Scott DeGarmo, President & CEO
Some tips for getting an edge, being productive, dining well.

Editor’s Note
Wall Street Starts to Catch Up with Fiber’s Reality
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
This month’s cover story makes clear that fiber-to-the-home is not going away. The future of North American telecommunications, as was already certain for Asia, will be in optical fiber.

Provider Perspective
Construct a Better Plan from the Start
By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC
Construction is an afterthought for operators, who consider it a necessary evil. But the construction process is an opportunity to start the client relationship off on the right foot.

The First Mile
Broadband Market Remains Strong Worldwide; DSL Giving Way to Fiber
IPTV deployments nearly tripled in the last year – and that’s only one of several factors making today’s broadband infrastructure obsolete, analysts say.

Why We Need More Fiber
Web Video Unleashed
As the video techies promised, MPEG-4 is following the same path as MPEG-2 – starting with better algorithms for greater compression, and faster chips that take advantage of the new math. Result: Higher quality for Web video and IPTV in general, and far more Web video traffic.

Fiber Deployment Roundup
The Beauty of Symmetry
By Masha Zager, Broadband Properties
Symmetry is the theme of this month’s fiber deployment report. Verizon introduced its first symmetrical access plan this month; Clarksville Department of Energy is providing only symmetrical access.


Over 2 Million Connections!
FTTH Customer Total Doubles Again
Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
Another year, another massive increase for FTTH in North America, says Mike Render. Perhaps more amazing: Almost 10 million homes passed.

Project Planning
Planning Is the Key to Success for Community Fiber Projects
By James Goldman – Purdue University, Brent Engle – InfoComm Systems, and Stephen Mayo – Inteleconnect
Bringing advanced telecom services to an entire community is a complex undertaking. Planners should make sure they ask and answer the right questions, in the right order.


Introducing Broadband Apps
Our new Broadband Apps section – the successor to Killer App – focuses on strategic applications for property owners and developers, municipalities, network builders and service providers.

Broadband Services Aren’t Just for Residents Anymore
By Masha Zager, Broadband Properties
New applications help developers and owners build and operate buildings more efficiently.

Fiber Delivers Security to the Construction Site

The Smart Money Is on Smart Energy

Carrier Ethernet: Vehicle for Convergence
By Ravi Medikonda, Juniper Networks
Ethernet enables service providers to provide the converged services their customers are looking for.

Converged Services Help Retain Subscribers
Who said the TV was just for watching shows? Customers like using it to answer phone calls, too.

Headend Management System Gives PCOs Remote Control
A new appliance marketed by TCI, LLC, lets PCOs fix most headend problems without a truck roll.


Special 28-Page Section On Fiber-to-the-Home Fundamentals
Here at last is the guide that everyone in the industry has been requesting. Produced by the editors of Broadband Properties and sponsored by the FTTH Council, this primer covers the key economic and technical issues surrounding fiber to the home. It makes clear why FTTH is the only technology that will deliver enough bandwidth, reliably and at a low enough cost, to meet the consumer demands of the next decade.


MDU Technology
Will Technicians ‘Bend’ the Rules of Fiber Management with New Fibers?
By Trevor Smith – ADC and Larry Johnson – The Light Brigade
Reduced-bend-radius fiber still requires proper cable management techniques.

Customized Fiber Optic Deployment
The Future: Trendspotting
By Caitlin Clinard, Connexion Technologies
Technology keeps changing – but all of the changes point to the need for more bandwidth.

Independent Telcos
Smart City Launches an IPTV Video Offering
By Rick Sailor, Amino Technologies
Florida telco Smart City brought IPTV service to select master-planned communities.

November News
Centillium’s New System-on-Chips Helps Providers Deploy VoIP

Other companies in the news:
ECT Telecom
Alpha Technology
Anritsu Corporation


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