Fiber Connect has come to an end for 2017 and there’s a lot to be optimistic about. Whether you’re a Network Owner, Manufacturer, Engineer, Muni, or Consultant, it looks like we’re about to see another Fiber wave across the United States.
The Lead-up to Fiber Connect
From Tier 1 announcements through to municipalities switching on networks there was a surge across the fiber market in the United States.
Keynotes, Key Commitments
Greg McCray, The new CEO of Google Fiber came out and re-ignited their commitment to FTTH and Wireless– with an emphasis put on their Point-to-point wireless acquisition (Webpass). Despite significantly pulling back from their FTTH targets last year, Greg was quick to announce that they are not gone from the market, rather they’re innovating across permitting, design and construction approaches and said we should see volume rise again towards the backend of 2017.
Kyle Malady, SVP & CNO of Verizon Wireline Networks on Tuesday came out and emphasised their position in the Fiber space based on their $1bn fiber purchase. With a key case study of Boston, Kyle pointed out that on top of more fiber we’ll be seeing a 5G and NG-PON2 push by 2018.
One thing that was apparent across the Google and Verizon Keynotes was the ambition for tech innovation and what we can do to change the way we deploy fiber networks.
With this in mind what did Fiber Connect teach us about getting ready for this new fiber wave?
The demand for fiber networks, both FTTx and backhaul, continues to grow and the network technologies continue to evolve. This is introducing further complexity and demands on the end-to-end value chain from network planning, design, construct and operate. This multi-party environment is driving the development of new partnerships, workflows, data models and systems. Innovative approaches are emerging that leverage the data that is available in this environment and help coordinate the different stages and players from network strategy through to network operation. The new data driven approaches to network rollouts will fundamentally deliver the right service level to the right customers at the right time for the best cost.
It’s not too late to begin innovating across your fiber deployment. Whether you’re at the onset of a small scale municipal project through to national construction don’t let a “that’ll do” attitude hold back your deployment.
If you missed us at Fiber Connect, and want to get your hands on FOND you can see us in September at the ISE Expo in Orlando, Florida.
If you can’t wait that long take some time to read through how we can help across your deployment and get in touch!