2022 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

Broadband Communities’ list of fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2022.

“Building a Fiber-Connected World” is the tagline of Broadband Communities magazine. Each year, the Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100 list recognizes organizations that lead the way in this endeavor.

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment in the U.S. continues to outpace legacy copper broadband, a trend impacting service providers and vendor suppliers.

RVA said in its “2022–2026 North American Fiber Broadband Report: FTTH and 5G Review and Forecast” that the five-year U.S. capital investment in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) will exceed all investment in FTTH to date and will surpass $125 billion in the period – barring significant unforeseen economic or geopolitical disruption. Likewise, the number of new route miles of fiber installed for any purpose (fiber-to-the-premises, deep fiber for cable MSOs, middle- and long-haul fiber, wireless backhaul, private networks, etc.) is also expected to rival all-fiber route miles installed to date. The research firm expects robust fiber deployment to continue well into the 2030s.

FTTH equipment spending continues to be robust. Dell’Oro Group noted that total global revenue for the broadband access equipment market increased to $4.4 billion in the first quarter of 2022, up 14 percent year over year. Jeff Heynen, vice president of broadband access and home networking for Dell’Oro, said despite “challenges with supply chains, logistics, and labor, service providers continue to invest heavily to expand their fiber broadband networks, particularly in North America.”

Service providers continue to take advantage of the FTTH opportunity. The three largest telcos – AT&T, Verizon and Quantum Fiber – are expanding their FTTH footprints.

AT&T aims to reach more than 30 million customer locations by the end of 2025. The telco is also expanding its speed profiles, announcing in January that 5 million customers across more than 70 cities – including Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas – can upgrade their plans to support uploads and downloads of up to 2 Gbps for $110 per month, or up to 5 Gbps for $180 per month. Quantum Fiber exited the first quarter with its fiber passing 2.92 million premises, serving 830,000 fiber subscribers.

Smaller telcos, such as Consolidated Communications, Lumos Networks/NorthState and Smithville, continue to make FTTH moves. Consolidated Communications, which offers FTTH services under the Fidium brand, built fiber in 83,700 additional locations, bringing total fiber passings to 690,000 in the first quarter. Fidium will launch FTTH service in Texas, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania communities.

Lumos Networks/NorthState began expanding its fiber network to another 80,000 homes and businesses and launching a multi-gig fiber internet tier, with speeds up to 2 Gbps for consumers and small businesses. Having celebrated 100 years in business, Smithville is expanding its fiber footprint into areas such as Jasper and Ellettsville, Indiana.

Besides the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), cable operators and competitors also are making progress. Cable MSO Altice USA expects to reach 6.5 million fiber passings by 2025 (including 1.3 million total incremental FTTH passings in FY 2022) across its Optimum and Suddenlink footprint. Meanwhile, Charter Communications, one of the big winners in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction, will bring FTTH to rural communities.

Companies newly added or reinstated to the list represent a variety of ecosystem niches. Two new entrants, Horizon Telecom and United Fiber, began their lives as independent telcos offering voice services in rural areas of Ohio and Tennessee. Chillicothe, Ohio–based Horizon, purchased by Canadian private equity firm Novacap in 2018, extends its network into underserved and unserved Ohio communities. United Fiber, which became a subsidiary of Middle Tennessee Electric, is bringing service to underserved areas in Middle Tennessee via its Project UNITE initiative.

Because the Top 100 list represents an ecosystem of players, this year’s list also includes a host of entities representing marketing/communications, network planning/construction and distribution. Harrison Edwards is spearheading engagement strategies for broadband projects for UTOPIA Fiber, Yellowstone Fiber, Traverse City Light & Power and others.

Staying in the community broadband vein, Sertex is leveraging its SertexConnect platform to conduct a customized broadband survey and develop a deployment plan for communities such as Barkhamsted, Connecticut. Finally, Fiber Instrument Sales (FIS) has a long track record as being a distributor of fiber network equipment, test equipment and training.

In addition to the new entrants, several other companies either have changed names or were acquired. Cincinnati Bell rebranded itself as altafiber, reflecting the telco’s efforts to expand its geographic reach and invest in its fiber network within and outside its traditional operating area. Meanwhile, Preformed Line Products and TVC/MaxCell are now respectively PLP and TVC Communications.

Another key trend was mergers and acquisitions across three domains: service providers, network construction, and software and distribution.

OTELCO became part of the combined GoNetspeed brand after Oak Hill Capital purchased it, along with Lantek Fiber Optic Services, to expand the availability of fiber-based data services.

A notable wave of consolidation took place in the network construction business. In 2021, Network Connex purchased Advantage Engineers, which joined forces with CCSI Networks, Fairhaven Integration Services, National Technologies (NTI), Precision Design Services and VERTICOM. Likewise, MasTec rolled Henkels & McCoy into its operations and Grain Management–backed Y-COM purchased Atlantic Engineering Group.

Other notable acquisitions were JSI’s acquisition of Mid-State Consultants and USTC’s purchase of Walker. VertiGIS also acquired Mapcom Systems to bolster its geographic information systems (GIS) and software capabilities.

Selection Criteria

In selecting the FTTH Top 100, the editors looked for organizations that advance the cause of fiber-based broadband by

  • Deploying networks that are large or ambitious, have innovative business plans, or are intended to transform local economies or improve communities’ quality of life
  • Supplying key hardware, software or services to deployers
  • Introducing innovative technologies with game-changing potential, even if they have not yet been commercially deployed
  • Providing critical conditions for fiber builds, such as advocacy or demand aggregation

To be listed among the FTTH Top 100, an organization may be based anywhere in the world but must do business in North America. Except for broadband service providers, which inherently are local, we give preference to organizations that serve national rather than local markets. Overall size is unimportant, as is corporate form – in addition to for-profit companies, the list includes municipalities, a telephone cooperative, an electric cooperative and a nonprofit research organization.

Although some organizations on the list focus entirely on fiber to the premises (FTTP) or other fiber-based broadband technologies, most deliver or support a mix of broadband technologies. For some, broadband represents only a tiny part of their business. In making these selections, the editors considered how vital the organizations are to advancing fiber broadband rather than how important broadband is to them.

 

TOP 100 AT A GLANCE

Network Planning, Systems Integration, Design, Engineering, Construction, Installation
Fiber and Fiber Cable
Network Testing, Monitoring and Management Services
Network Management Solutions
Fiber-to-the-Home Electronics
Test and Measurement Equipment
Passive Components for FTTH Networks
Optical LAN Solutions
FTTH Construction Equipment
Distributors of Fiber Optic Products
Network Planning and Design Solutions
Network Deployers and Service Providers

 

The FTTH Top 100 list was researched by Rachel Ellner and Kassandra Kania and overseen by editor-in-chief Sean Buckley. To nominate a company for next year’s FTTH Top 100, email sean@bbcmag.com.

FIBER-TO-THE-HOME TOP 100 LIST

 

3-GIS

www.3-gis.com
256-560-0744

Key Products: Web-based tools and services for telecom asset mapping and fiber network design and management

Summary: 3-GIS, an SSP Innovations company, provides software and services to manage physical and modeling networks. The company’s software and services provide anywhere, anytime access, geospatial data and mapping, visibility of network connections and logic, an adaptable data model, and enterprise data access through a configurable interface. Customers worldwide, ranging from Tier-1 service providers to municipal utilities, use 3-GIS | Network Solutions to improve speed to activation and achieve greater utilization of their fiber network assets. For the last three years, 3-GIS has assisted successful bidders in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund program with their FTTx deployments. Built upon Esri’s ArcGIS Enterprise, 3-GIS’s complete suite of applications include 3-GIS | Web, a browser-based application that provides real-time, multiuser asset editing and signal path insight; 3-GIS | Mobile, which puts network data directly into the hands of field crews, on or offline; 3-GIS | Prospector and 3-GIS | Network Express, extensions to Web, automate network planning and design; and 3-GIS | Admin, a browser-based configuration console, which enables the creation of rules and guidelines that define access and use. The company also provides various support services, including design automation, data migration and conversion, and project management. 3-GIS | Engineering Services provides a specialized team of OSP experts to assist network planning and operations. The company is headquartered in the greater Huntsville, Alabama, area, with staff positioned around the world to support its global customer base.

ADTRAN

www.adtran.com
256-963-8000

Key Products: 10G FTTH, fiber access, fiber extension platforms, intelligent SaaS applications, connected home and business network solutions, managed mesh Wi-Fi, open SDN network control and service orchestration

Summary: ADTRAN, based in the U.S., is a global supplier of end-to-end fiber broadband solutions for the residential, enterprise and mobile services markets served by cable MSOs, telecom service providers, municipalities, utilities and electric co-ops. The ADTRAN Total Access 5000 is the most widely deployed fiber access platform, supporting thousands of gigabit communities served by more than 500 providers in North America. Complementing this platform is a connected home solution providing a managed mesh Wi-Fi 6 solution that extends the gigabit service experience to every room in the home. Rounding out the end-to-end solution, pulling data from a suite of intelligent SaaS applications, is Mosaic One, which provides marketing, operations and customer care teams a unified view of actionable intelligence that has been proven to lower cost, increase service velocity and improve customer loyalty. This AI-driven fiber broadband solution is complemented by a full suite of network modernization and system integration services and a pool of broadband partners with broadband funding and turnkey project expertise.

Regional network operators and community broadband providers have increasingly selected the ADTRAN end-to-end fiber broadband solution in their objective to unlock their communities’ potential. In 2022, StratusIQ, an internet service provider in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Twin Lakes, a telephone cooperative, selected the ADTRAN 10G fiber access platform with Combo PON technology to offer more competitive broadband services, increase revenue, and future-proof their networks. In April 2022, ADTRAN announced the launch of its Broadband Partner Program, a channel reseller program combining its fiber expertise with its channel partner support. The program will help ADTRAN partners leverage new federal funding for broadband infrastructure, grow their addressable market and capture new revenue. Based in Huntsville, Alabama, ADTRAN has 1,300 employees and reported revenue of $563 million in 2021.

AFL

www.aflglobal.com
864-433-0333; 800-235-3423

Key Products: Fiber optic cable and connectivity, outside-plant fiber and electrical conductor hardware, fusion splicers, test and inspection equipment, training, design, engineering, integration

Summary: AFL’s Converged Access Network solution helps customers build expandable, flexible, accessible networks for 5G wireless fronthaul/backhaul, FTTH/business, multiple dwelling units/multiple tenant units (MXU), campuses and venues, enterprises and central offices. The company’s product offering includes Wrapping Tube Cable powered by SpiderWeb Ribbon (SWR), the ASCEND high-density platform, splice closures such as Apex, Fujikura fusion splicers, test equipment and more. Last year, the company announced the expansion of its premise MicroCore cable family to include low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) indoor/outdoor MicroCore and LSZH indoor/outdoor MicroCore with SWR technology. It also introduced its FlowScout PON optical power meter for network activation, testing and troubleshooting passive optical networks. This year, the company expanded its FTTx portfolio with the launch of the Switchblade collapsible fiber containment vault (FCV), a modular underground handhole that stores high-density fiber and splices. AFL has service and engineering expertise to help customers plan, design, build and maintain communications networks, offering FTTx and MDU solutions for master-planned community networks serviced by telephone, cable TV and wireless providers; utilities/electric cooperatives; and industrial companies and enterprises. The company continues to build on its core innovation strategy. Last year, AFL was awarded five new patents for the technology, connectivity, and fiber optic cable developments. Founded in 1984, AFL is headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and is a division of Fujikura Ltd. The company has more than 6,000 associates worldwide and operates in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Alianza

www.alianza.com
801-802-6400

Key Product: Cloud-based VoIP platform

Summary: Early fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployers were mainly telephone companies, but many new FTTH entrants have no history of providing voice services. For a broadband operator without telephone equipment or expertise, using a cloud-based system is the simplest, most economical way to add a voice offering – typically a high-margin service. Alianza’s Cloud Communications Platform, a web-scale VoIP software-as-a-service solution built for broadband providers, delivers and supports residential and business VoIP services. The platform does not require capital expenditure or equipment installation, and Alianza alleviates most operational and regulatory burdens associated with phone services. Since announcing a solution specifically for FTTH providers in February 2017, Alianza has made inroads with electric cooperatives, new overbuilder ISPs, and municipalities that deliver fiber broadband to their communities. More than 200 ISPs, with more than 500,000 subscribers, use the Alianza platform.

In 2019, Alianza announced several new customer acquisitions, including Cumberland Connect in Tennessee and ecoLink in Oklahoma. Pennsylvania ISP PenTeleData also launched a cloud-based voice service for business customers powered by Alianza’s Cloud Communications Platform. In 2020, Alianza integrated with NISC’s IVUE Connect platform. It provides a complete suite of broadband billing, customer management and provisioning solutions for electric cooperatives and supports the needs of contemporary utilities. Alianza’s Cloud Communications Platform provides a turnkey VoIP solution that enables broadband providers to deliver a feature-rich, easy-to-manage residential and business communication services portfolio.

Last year, Alianza introduced Managed Specialty Lines, a new, fully managed, end-to-end, cloud-based plain old telephone service (POTS) replacement solution for service providers. In 2022, Lumen Technologies announced it would use Alianza’s Cloud Communications Platform to strengthen its voice services portfolio and provide customers with business communication functionality. The company also expanded its Technology Ecosystem Partner Program, which helps service providers streamline their back-office operations, accelerate time to revenue and reduce the cost of delivering cloud communications. Founded in 2009 and with headquarters in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Alianza has more than 250 employees.

“Prysmian Group is dedicated to supporting the growth necessary to expand access to global, high-speed broadband. We are committed to constantly investing in our optical fiber, cable and connectivity capabilities to support our customers with innovative products and together, building new, reliable and cost-effective broadband network infrastructures. Through these investments, we are proud to play a leading role as an enabler for the digital transformation across the globe.”
– Patrick Jacobi, Senior Vice President Telecom North America, Prysmian Group

ALLO Communications

www.allocommunications.com
866-481-2556; 855-632-3154

Key Products: Internet access, Metro Ethernet, phone, TV and video services

Summary: Founded in Imperial, Nebraska, in 2003, ALLO Communications and its 1,000 team members serve communities across Nebraska, Colorado and Arizona with competitive fiber broadband services. ALLO believes that fiber is a transformational technology and has committed to constructing ubiquitous fiber builds to reach every home citywide. Helping communities use their networks to expand business opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life is key to ALLO’s fiber mission. ALLO currently provides communication services to 29 cities across Nebraska, Colorado and Arizona, totaling approximately one million in population. In 2021, ALLO was recognized as the third-fastest ISP in the North Central U.S. and the fastest provider in Nebraska for median download speed. ALLO’s hiring efforts for veterans led the company to receive the 2021 Gold Medallion HIRE Vets Award.

Several current projects involve partnerships with city governments. Breckenridge, Colorado, selected ALLO as the service provider for its Fiber9600 infrastructure project, which began connecting homes in late 2019. In Lincoln, Nebraska, ALLO leased city conduits, extended the conduit system into residential neighborhoods, and built fiber to the home. ALLO provides 77 nonprofit organizations in Lincoln with 10 years of free internet service. In Fort Morgan, Colorado, ALLO leased the city-owned fiber network to deliver broadband services. In 2021, ALLO announced a fiber-to-the-premises project offering 10 Gigabit bandwidth in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. ALLO is also working to establish a fiber-optic system in Ashland, Milford, Seward, Sidney and York, Nebraska, and Kingman and Butler, Arizona. In 2021, ALLO had reported revenue of $100 million.

Alpha Technologies

www.alpha.com
800-322-5742; 360-647-2360

Key Products: Power supplies, surge suppressors, enclosures and batteries, installation and construction services

Summary: Founded in 1976, Alpha Technologies is a worldwide broadband power systems player. Alpha products provide power conditioning and emergency backup for video, data and voice networks. Alpha’s installation and construction services include structural engineering, rights of way and easement procurement, site preparation, equipment installation and system turnup and testing. Customers in 50 countries include major cable television system operators, telecommunications service providers and full-service communications providers. Alpha Technologies’ FTTH powering options have the FlexPoint line of 12V DC single-family solutions and the FlexNet line of 48V DC multiple-dwelling-unit and small office/home office power supplies. Alpha has more than 1,000 employees and has sales and service centers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia. It is a member of the Alpha Group, which EnerSys acquired in 2019. In 2020, Corning and EnerSys announced a strategic collaboration to speed 5G deployment by simplifying the delivery of fiber and electrical power to small-cell wireless sites. EnerSys’ annual revenue for 2021 was $3 billion.

altafiber

www.altafiber.com
513-566-4101; 888-246-2355

Key Products: Telephone, data, video, wireless and information technology solutions

Summary: In March 2022, Cincinnati Bell announced that it would begin doing business as altafiber to reflect the company’s geographic growth beyond its Greater Cincinnati footprint and its ongoing investment in the fiber network. The company and its consolidated subsidiaries provide integrated communications and IT solutions. During 2020, the company passed an additional 13,600 addresses in the Greater Cincinnati area with Fioptics, which included a focus on fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) addresses, as FTTP has become a more relevant solution for its customers. As of December 31, 2020, Fioptics products are available to approximately 637,000 customers, or 75 percent of the Greater Cincinnati operating territory. In 2020, the company passed an additional 7,900 addresses in Hawaii. The consumer/SMB fiber products are available to approximately 254,300 addresses, or 50 percent of the operating territory in Hawaii, including Oahu and neighboring islands.

In 2020, the company also invested $25 million in enterprise fiber products, including fiber- and IP-based core network technology. The investment positioned the company to meet increased business and carrier demand within Greater Cincinnati and adjacent markets in the Midwest region. In Hawaii, expenditures are for high-bandwidth data transport products, such as Metro Ethernet, Southeast Asia, and U.S. cable. altafiber continues to evolve and optimize network assets to support the migration of legacy products to new technology. In 2021, the company announced partnerships in Northern Kentucky to invest $181 million and deliver fiber-based gigabit internet to all 207,000 Campbell, Kenton and Boone County addresses in 24 to 36 months. This year, altafiber closed its acquisition of Agile Network Builders, the Canton, Ohio–based company that leases wireless infrastructure assets to third parties and provides connectivity through hybrid fiber wireless data networks in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. altafiber’s revenue in 2021 was $1.6 billion.

Altice USA

www.alticeusa.com
516-803-2300

Key Products: Internet, video and voice services

Summary: Altice USA is one of the largest broadband and video providers in the U.S., delivering broadband, pay TV, voice, Wi-Fi hot spot access, proprietary content and advertising services through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands. Symmetrical 5 and 2 Gbps internet service over Altice USA’s new FTTH network is being rolled out to residential customers in select Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut areas. Altice USA is expanding gigabit broadband services via an accelerated fiber build and its whole-home, mesh-smart Wi-Fi service to 500,000 locations. This positions it to offer 10 Gbps speeds for residential and business customers in 2022. Altice USA is enhancing its hybrid fiber coax network in the Optimum service area and plans to launch a 1 Gbps broadband service via DOCSIS 3.1. With less than 10 percent of the customer base taking gigabit speeds, the company has plenty of room to grow 1 Gbps and faster broadband speeds as demand dictates.

The cable MSO is also adding gigabit capacity in the Suddenlink service area and expanding the Altice footprint through new-home builds. In 2021, it gave Optimum and Suddenlink customers access to intelligent Wi-Fi and brought Altice One entertainment to Apple TV. The company has also announced plans for building a fiber network for Suddenlink expansion into six Texas markets. Last year, Altice announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Morris Broadband LLC, which will expand its footprint in North Carolina. In March 2022, Altice and T-Mobile raised a multiyear mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement through which T-Mobile will continue to serve as the nationwide network for Altice USA’s Optimum Mobile service. Headquartered in Long Island City, New York, Altice USA serves 5 million customers across 21 states and posted $10.1 billion in 2021 revenue.

Amphenol

www.amphenol.com
203-265-8900

Key Products: Fiber distribution solutions, fiber optic enclosures

Summary: Amphenol is one of the world’s largest high-technology interconnect, sensor and antenna solutions. Its products enable the electronics revolution across various end markets, including automotive, broadband communications, commercial aerospace, industrial, information technology and data communications, military, mobile devices and mobile networks. In 2022, the company expanded its SURLOK Plus series to include 8.0mm and 10.3mm right-angle connectors, with a voltage range of 1500VDC, to meet energy storage requirements and high-power connections and transfers. In 2019, Amphenol acquired Charles Industries, a manufacturer of integrated environmental housings and enclosures for wireless, telecom and broadband service providers. It also enhanced its Amphe-PD series with a low profile, two-way power connector that can carry a high current. Founded in 1932, Amphenol trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker APH and had sales of $10.9 billion in 2021. The company is headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, and has more than 80,000 employees worldwide.

AT&T Fiber / AT&T Connected Communities

www.att.com/att/multifamily-property

Key Products: High-speed internet, next-generation TV, voice, advanced mobile services

Summary: AT&T is the largest FTTH provider in the U.S. Today, AT&T can serve FTTH to 17 million locations. As of April 2022, AT&T Fiber’s total subscriber base is about 6.3 million. After the telco announced plans to spin off its WarnerMedia unit and combine it with Discovery in a $43 billion deal, AT&T CEO John Stankey said it will have more “flexibility to invest in 5G and fiber to support the growing long-term demand for reliable high-speed connectivity.” The telco is enhancing its suite of fiber speed tiers in the near term, announcing a 2 and 5 Gbps plan in January. These speeds will be available to 5.2 million homes and businesses in more than 70 metro areas.

AT&T plans to reach more than 30 million locations across 100-plus metros with its fiber footprint by the end of 2025. This year, Boonville, Indiana, announced a $4.4 million project with AT&T to build its state-of-the-art fiber network to more than 4,000 customer locations throughout the city. Through AT&T Connected Communities, the telco works with multifamily and single-family builders, developers, management groups and homeowners associations to provide internet services. AT&T’s consolidated reported revenue for 2021 was $168.9 billion, with 170,000 employees.

“Where it’s easy to build telecom infrastructure, fiber networks have already been built. Reaching the last mile is a different story. Remote deployments with rugged terrain and harsh conditions invariably face myriad unseen challenges, from make-ready and permitting to weather, supply chain and logistics issues. Strong partnerships between communities and infrastructure deployment experts can overcome any obstacles in the path to building and operating essential networks.”
– Michael A. Solitro, Founder and CEO, Sertex Broadband Solutions

BHC

www.ibhc.com
913-663-1900

Key Products: Planning, design, and construction of FTTx projects

Summary: BHC (formerly BHC Rhodes) provides civil engineering services for public utilities and private firms that build and maintain fiber networks across the U.S. BHC has designed and managed thousands of miles of telecom network infrastructure for clients that range from small communities to sizable international service providers. The company’s FTTx services include feasibility studies, cost estimates and budgets; planning, layout and network architecture; GIS and AutoCAD mapping; hut site development and construction (one recent project was for huts in Google Fiber’s new Louisville network); outside-plant design; site and route surveys including the 2,200-mile Long Haul Fiber Program project study crossing seven states. BHC determined two route options, performed preliminary data gathering, conducted an environmental review, identified agencies along the potential route, determined the underlying rights of the proposed public roads, and completed a field review. BHC decided on unit prices for the construction of the final courses and a comparison of the two route options. BHC also handles pole surveys, right-of-way permitting and asset management. BHC performed design and related services for an FTTH network in Meridian, Idaho, resulting in 80,000 households passed. Based in Overland Park, Kansas (with additional offices in Kansas City and now Wichita), BHC was founded in 1992 and has more than 135 employees.

Biarri Networks

www.biarrinetworks.com
303-524-1710

Key Products: Software and services for FTTx design automation, network planning, outside-plant engineering, mapping

Summary: Biarri Networks helps ISPs, utility service providers, telcos, engineering firms, and consultants to design and build fiber, fixed wireless, and mobile wireless networks worldwide. The company also launched the first-ever web-based tool of its kind: Fiber Optic Network Design (FOND), a web-based optimization and collaboration platform for digital engineering, planning and design. The company continues to roll out new updates for FOND. For example, to help customers navigate the utility pole attachment process for FTTH networks, Biarri introduced pole and aerial span editing tools in FOND. Biarri’s team of experts also delivers designs and engineering outputs at speed and scale using the company’s patented algorithmic approach, combining technology, analytics, geospatial data and industry best practices. In addition to FOND, Biarri offers custom-built design engines for enterprise clients, design services and consultancy services. In 2020, Biarri completed high-level designs for more than 10 new projects, passing 761,407 homes. More than two-thirds of those passings became construction-ready “low-level” setups. By May 2021, Biarri had already delivered almost 2 million homes at feasibility-level design and had commenced 10 more projects that will be constructed in the future. Biarri grew its team by a third in the past year, increasing its workforce to more than 150 globally. Rural broadband projects in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. helped fuel the growth. Now based in Denver, Colorado, Biarri has offices in Melbourne, Australia.

Black & Veatch

www.bv.com
913-458-2000

Key Products: Consulting, engineering, construction, operations, program management

Summary: Black & Veatch, founded in 1915 and based in Overland Park, Kansas, is a global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in telecommunications, energy, water and government services. The employee-owned company has approximately 9,200 professionals in more than 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries. Services include engineering, procurement, construction, design, management consulting, asset management, environmental consulting and security. Black & Veatch has deployed more than 45,000 miles of fiber for commercial carriers, cities and utilities. In 2020, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission chose Black & Veatch to install a new fiber optic network along more than 200 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In 2021, Black & Veatch’s telecommunications business was ranked No. 6 by Engineering News-Record. Revenue in 2021 exceeded $3.3 billion.

C Spire

www.cspire.com/home-services

855-438-1009

Key Products: Gigabit-speed internet access, live streaming video, digital home phone and smart-home services delivered over a fiber-based network

Summary: C Spire is building a fiber-based broadband network in Mississippi to attract investment and economic growth and pave the way for improvements in health care, education, civic life, business development and expansion, and municipal services. C Spire Home is taking its gigabit FTTH platform to Saltillo and Gulfport, Mississippi, and plans to add Biloxi to cover roughly 78,000 new households. Using a demand-based model, C Spire Home Services – the company’s residential broadband unit – expanded to 20 markets at the end of 2019. In addition to its fiber builds, C Spire advanced its network reach through electric utility partnerships with Entergy and Alabama Power. It completed an $11 million infrastructure project with Entergy, which serves 2.9 million electric customers. This agreement enables it to offer broadband services to some of Mississippi’s most isolated rural areas. C Spire signed a similar partnership with Alabama Power to supply fiber-based internet in Birmingham and other parts of Alabama last year. The provider will use a demand aggregation model in Alabama to help gauge community interest and guide decisions on broadband deployment.

New and existing customers can take advantage of its Smart Wi-Fi solution. Powered by smart-home services provider Plume, Smart Wi-Fi improves coverage and offers online security. Alabama communities are seeing multiple construction starts and deployments after C Spire announced a $1 billion investment to speed the availability of FTTH networks. Over five years, about $500 million is marked for fiber expansion in Alabama. In April 2021, the company began construction on an FTTH network in Tuscaloosa County and was accepting consumer preorders. Construction also formed in the north Shelby County cities of Helena and Pelham, with Alabaster expected to start soon, and the company began connecting customers in Jasper. Construction began in Homewood, Alabama, and Greenwood in Leflore County, the company’s first Mississippi Delta market. C Spire also announced the completion of its acquisition of Troy Cablevision Inc., including Union Springs Telephone Company. C Spire is headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

“Fiber is underpinning everything in developed markets, such as the U.S., and the demand is only increasing. The fiber market and broadband connectivity in general are likely to remain strong, despite any challenges that the economy may deliver. Nonetheless, it would be wise for the market to seize the opportunity to strengthen two critical elements of a service provider’s network and business. The first element is increasing automation in key areas such as network testing, so that service providers can safely scale deployments without sacrificing quality. The second area to bolster, which applies to everyone in the ecosystem, is for service providers to firm up and optimize their own supply chains.”
– Koji Okamoto, Vice President and General Manager, Fiber Test, VIAVI Solutions

Calix

www.calix.com
408-514-3000; 877-766-3500

Key Products: Fiber access solutions for residential and business services, managed home Wi-Fi with value-added subscriber experience applications, network and services management software

Summary: With more than 1,700 customers worldwide (130 added last year alone), Calix serves a wide range of North American FTTx providers and a growing share of international markets with fiber access and home Wi-Fi solutions. Since 2017, it has leveraged its transformation from providing wireline access systems to offering software platforms, cloud analytics and value-added subscriber experience solutions that enable broadband service providers to compete with consumer brand giants. The Intelligent Access EDGE allows broadband service providers to combine multiple network elements into a single system using specialized software modules to add functionality. Calix Operations Cloud lets broadband providers more effectively monitor network performance and more efficiently address performance issues. For example, Calix Marketing Cloud, Support Cloud and Calix Intelligent Access EDGE and Revenue EDGE solutions go beyond routine broadband traffic management to network security (ProtectIQ), parental controls and cyberbullying (ExperienceIQ). The Experience Innovation Platform, a unique hybrid cloud-premises software platform that supports residential and small business subscribers, powers the Calix Revenue EDGE Systems and third-party CPE. Most recently, it powered out-of-the-box integration of other software such as Constant Contact for marketing.

The AXOS platform at the core of the Intelligent Access EDGE allows software functions in the access network to run independently of the underlying hardware; about 1,000 independent application modules run on AXOS. Calix’s AXOS systems power Verizon’s strategic One Fiber initiative to move residential, business and mobile transport services into a converged NG-PON2 network. To help service providers transition to SDN-orchestrated automation, Calix introduced the AXOS SMx access domain controller that enables providers to deploy SDN-automated workflows and simultaneously interface with existing back-office systems. In 2021, increased revenue from regional carriers more than made up for declining revenue from national carriers as its work for them has moved toward completion and into upkeep. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Calix had $679 million in revenues in 2021 despite the global pandemic and supply chain headwinds. It credits its “physical” product line simplification as it consolidates and standardizes equipment offerings and becomes more software-based. Calix employed 954 people at the end of 2021.

CCG Consulting

www.ccgcomm.com
202-255-7689

Key Products: Regulatory, engineering, marketing, strategy and planning services; raising money for broadband projects

Summary: In business since 1997, CCG is a full-service consultant for small communications carriers. The company specializes in launching new broadband ventures and making existing businesses more profitable. CCG offers a wide range of regulatory, engineering, strategy and planning, operations, budgeting and billing services. The company helps clients design, upgrade and maximize fiber, coaxial, copper and wireless networks. CCG also offers direct operational assistance in number portability, new product development, cable programming, carrier disputes and billing audits. It is active in helping companies create workable, public-private partnerships and secure funds for broadband projects – a specialty for which demand is growing. CCG continues to work on numerous feasibility studies for communities of all sizes and is helping several communities build and launch new broadband businesses.

Charter Communications, Inc. / Spectrum Community Solutions

www.SpectrumCommunitySolutions.com
Key Products: Advanced broadband solutions, which includes advanced community Wi-Fi, coax and fiber solutions, streaming video, and traditional video solutions

Summary: Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services, including Spectrum internet, TV, mobile and voice. Charter invests more than $5 billion through its rural broadband deployment initiative to bring gigabit-speed internet access to more than 1 million currently unserved families and small businesses. Spectrum Community Solutions, Charter’s brand dedicated to multifamily properties, delivers industry-leading broadband connectivity solutions to apartments, single-family gated communities, off-campus student housing, senior residences, RV parks and marinas. Spectrum Community Solutions offers propertywide Wi-Fi coverage with Wi-Fi 6 technology, traditional and streaming video packages, customized fiber and coaxial solutions for new construction and established communities. To assist customers, Spectrum Community Solutions provides dedicated phone support for property managers and 24/7 customer service from four U.S.–based call centers. Customers can manage their Spectrum accounts and services from anywhere with Charter’s top-rated support app, the My Spectrum App.

CHR Solutions

www.chrsolutions.com
713-351-5111

Key Products: Engineering, network planning, managed NOC and managed IT services; communications billing software

Summary: CHR is a broadband systems provider enabling clients to grow their networks and customer bases quickly. It offers a range of engineering, business and technology solutions that support better broadband for telecoms, electric co-ops, utilities and municipalities nationwide. CHR has designed FTTx networks that pass more than 2 million premises. Services include preparing applications for loans and grants; broadband planning; performing high-level, detailed, outside-plant design for FTTx networks; permitting; converting GIS/CAD files and implementing outside plant. Recent clients include IQ Fiber, Northeast Florida’s only local residential fiber optic internet service provider.

CHR engineering specializes in PON and active Ethernet fiber design but has expertise in other communications technologies, including xDSL and fixed wireless. CHR provides billing, customer management, business and network operations(B/OSS) and outsourced managed IT/NOC services. The evolution of the B/OSS product continues. Its new Omnia360 customer management functionality enables handling rapid customer growth. The system also includes real-time analytics to support better business intelligence and easy implementation of subscription-based prepaid services. New customers include Alaska Communications, Beacon Broadband, CobbEMC, Cross Telephone, Gila River Telecommunications, IQ Fiber and Point Broadband. New customers include Alaska Communications, Beacon Broadband, CobbEMC, Cross Telephone, Gila River Telecommunications and Point Broadband. For example, Beacon Broadband, a Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative (CCEC) subsidiary in southern Oregon, is building a new, rural, fiber-to-the-premises network and selected Omnia360 as its business software solution. The company is headquartered in Houston.

Clearfield

www.seeclearfield.com
763-476-6866; 800-422-2537

Key Products: Fiber distribution and protection systems for inside plant, outside plant and access networks

Summary: Headquartered in Minneapolis, Clearfield designs and manufactures fiber management, protection and delivery products that accelerate fiber services activation. The company has four main product lines: FieldSmart fiber distribution systems for the inside plant and FieldSmart fiber scalability centers for the outside plant; a fiber delivery point series for access networks; FieldShield, optical fiber delivery and protection platform made of microduct and preconnectorized pushable fiber; and the YOURx platform, which accepts multiple types of drop cable media. All Clearfield product lines integrate with the Clearview Cassette 12-fiber management system.

In 2020, Clearfield introduced three products to accelerate fiber deployments and reduce material and labor costs: The FieldSmart Fiber Active Cabinet for outdoor enclosures; the StreetSmart Fiber Hand-Off Box for fiber-based 5G deployments; and its Home Deployment Kits, allowing DIY customers to complete the fiber connection from outside the home to the customer premises. This year, the company introduced the FastPass fiber distribution system using in-cassette splicing to speed Fiber Distribution Hub (FDH) cabinet installation times. It also introduced the FieldSmart 96-Port PON Cabinet for rural deployments.

In addition to enhancing its product line, Clearfield added a manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico, and completed a new 100,000 square foot facility to support multistate regional telco providers and operators. In 2021, Clearfield partnered with four other manufacturers (Prysmian Group, Dura-Line, Oldcastle Infrastructure, and Primex) to launch the FiberONE program, offering a broadband infrastructure solution to rural areas of Canada. Clearfield posted $141 million in revenue for 2021.

Comcast Cable / Xfinity Communities

www.comcast.com; www.xfinity.com/xfinitycommunities

Key Products: Internet, video, voice and home security services

Summary: Comcast delivers internet, phone and media services to residential and business customers under the Xfinity and Comcast Business brands. Xfinity Communities works with building and property owners, developers, leasing agents and homeowners associations to provide services to MDU residents. Comcast offers 1 Gbps service to nearly all the homes and businesses in its U.S. territory over its HFC network, using DOCSIS 3.1 technology. It also delivers FTTH-based gigabit residential service in greenfield MDUs and offers a premium 2 Gbps symmetrical residential FTTH service to about 18 million homes. In 2019, Comcast launched an in-home Wi-Fi digital security service and expanded its managed broadband footprint into Canada. The cable MSO also has enhanced its Wi-Fi management and smart-city capabilities.

Comcast acquired Deep Blue Communications, which provides engineering, installation and commercial Wi-Fi network management services. Meanwhile, its IoT subsidiary, machineQ, collaborates with Neptune Technology Group to accelerate smart-city projects for advanced water metering and infrastructure. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Comcast raised the speeds of its Internet Essentials offering for low-income subscribers from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers. New families that connect will get 60 days of free internet service. This year, Comcast increased speeds for its most popular Xfinity internet tiers, providing an extra boost for millions of residential customers across 14 northeastern states, from Maine through Virginia and the District of Columbia. The company also announced it is adopting advanced hollow core fiber to serve as the foundation for its faster 10G network, capable of 10 Gbps internet speeds. By the end of 2021, Comcast Cable had 34.2 million customer relationships. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation. Comcast Corporation reported $116.3 billion in revenue for 2021 revenue.

“We stand at the convergence of technology and societal trends and capabilities. The lines of traditional markets will continue to blur as convergence drives disruption across the foundational sectors of business and society. The path forward is about ‘connecting technologies’ versus just providing ‘connectivity.’ We need to step beyond market boundaries, see the broader growth trends, and develop innovative solutions that enable the future before us.”
– Seán Adam, Vice President, Market Strategy & Innovation, AFL

CommScope

www.commscope.com
828-324-2200; 800-982-1708

Key Products: Connectivity and Cable Solutions; Access Network Solutions; Outdoor Wireless Networks; Networking, Intelligent Cellular and Security Solutions; Home Networks

Summary: With a suite of headend/central office, outside-plant and end-user broadband solutions, CommScope provides carriers, electric co-ops and other operators solutions to address residential, MDU, commercial and cellular backhaul applications. Founded in Hickory, North Carolina, CommScope is the supplier of the most extensive subscriber-premises connectivity and conduit products. In addition to the portfolio of active and passive products and solutions for broadband, the Company also includes an extensive host of offerings for cellular networks, at the macro, metro and indoor layer and a Wi-Fi business providing access points, switches, sensors and software for unlicensed networks. 

CommScope realigned its business segments in 2022 to better match its product families with their markets, in addition to driving enhanced focus, accountability and performance by instituting a General Manager model. Its five segments are: Venue and Campus Networks, Broadband Networks, Outdoor Wireless Networks and Home Networks Connectivity and Cable Solutions for the telco, MSO, commercial infrastructure, enterprise, datacenter and hyperscale/cloud markets; Outdoor Wireless Networks for cellular at the macro and metro layers; Networking, Intelligent Cellular & Security Solutions for licensed, unlicensed and lightly licensed networking for large venues, campuses and enterprise markets ; Access Network Solutions for active broadband and video and Home Networks for residential video and broadband consumer premises equipment.

 

Ruckus Wi-Fi products continue to gain traction; Wifirst is bringing world-class connectivity to multiple casinos, hotels and restaurants across France with it, and Canadian customers have greater access to Ruckus Wi-Fi through CommScope’s new distribution agreement with MBSI WAV. In 2021, CommScope launched its NOVUX portfolio of fiber-to-the-home solutions. This flexible, modular architecture allows operators to use 75 percent fewer components than existing solutions while delivering 50 times the number of configurations. CommScope also introduced Propel, a high-speed fiber platform designed to help data center managers respond to the exponential increase in demand for computing power. In May 2022, the company announced a new cloud-to-edge suite of next-generation XGS-PON solutions built to facilitate the rapid global growth in FTTP deployments. Last year, CommScope announced plans to spin off its Home Networks business into a new, independent public company; however, due to the impact of the uncertain supply chain environment on the Home Networks business, the company has delayed its separation plan. In 2021, CommScope’s revenue was $8.59 billion, up from $8.4 billion in 2020.

Co-Mo Connect

www.co-mo.net; www.co-mo.coop
660-433-5521; 800-781-0157

Key Products: Gigabit internet, HDTV, phone service

Summary: A decade ago, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Tipton, Missouri, served an area only 15 percent covered by broadband. In response to customer demand, it launched a successful FTTH pilot project, eventually constructing a privately funded, $70 million, 4,000-mile fiber network covering the co-op’s 2,300-square-mile territory. Operating under the name Co-Mo Connect, the network set an example that other electric co-ops have followed. Co-Mo Connect offers internet speeds ranging from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps and phone and television services. The company is expanding further, building out its network in several new areas of Central Missouri, including Coffman Bend and Big Island at the Lake of the Ozarks, St. Martin, Lincoln and Warsaw. Co-Mo Connect serves thousands of Missouri subscribers with internet speeds that can support smart-home technologies, which increase the value of homes. Farm technologies have proven to increase revenue. This year, Co-Mo Connect celebrated the milestone of 25,000 broadband service subscribers. The company has more than 190 employees.

Comsof

www.comsof.com
416-594-9777

Key Products: FTTx network planning and design software

Summary: Comsof Fiber is a GIS-based solution that empowers users to automate and optimize the design of their fiber networks. Network operators and engineering firms use Comsof Fiber to save time and money on their FTTx builds. Comsof’s powerful automation saves time in the network planning process, and its optimization means a lower capital spend on builds. With more than 100 million homes planned in more than 50 countries, Comsof Fiber makes fiber network design automated, optimized and efficient.

Conexon

www.conexon.us
202-798-3884

Key Products: Conexon: Fiber design, construction management, funding and operations support for rural electric cooperatives deploying FTTH; Conexon Connect, company’s ISP entity: Fiber internet and VoIP services for consumers/businesses in territories of Connect partners.

Summary: Conexon is a leader in the electric cooperative broadband movement, with a mission of closing the digital divide through fiber to the home. Founded in 2015, Conexon’s architecture and approach enable electric cooperatives to leverage their infrastructures to deliver fiber broadband services efficiently and affordably to their members. The company comprises professionals who have worked in electric cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, offering decades of individual experience in business planning, building networks, marketing and selling telecommunications. Conexon offers clients end-to-end broadband deployment and operations support, working with them to analyze economic feasibility, secure financing, design the network, manage construction, provide operational support, optimize business performance and determine key partnerships. Conexon has assisted more than 275 electric cooperatives, 60 of which are deploying fiber networks, with more than 500,000 rural Americans connected to fiber to the home. The company has secured nearly $2 billion in federal, state and local grants and subsidies for its clients. In 2021, Conexon launched its internet service provider subsidiary, Conexon Connect, an entity formed to operate and manage cooperative and investor-owned fiber-to-the-home networks. To date, Conexon Connect operates in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Missouri.

 

Consolidated Communications

www.consolidated.com
844-968-7224

Key Products: Fiber-to-the-premises broadband, high-speed internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services, wholesale carrier solutions

Summary: Consolidated Communications is a leading broadband provider serving consumers, businesses and carriers across rural and metro communities in more than 20 states. Consolidated has an extensive fiber network spanning more than 50,000 fiber route miles. The company is delivering on an ambitious fiber expansion plan to provide symmetrical, multi-gig speeds to more than 70 percent of its service area by 2025. The Fidium Fiber product is a customer-centered, consumer fiber broadband service offering symmetrical multi-gig rates and exceptional service to residents in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Texas. An early adopter of public-private partnerships, Consolidated has worked with numerous rural towns, state agencies, and Communication Union Districts (CUDs) throughout northern New England to build out town FTTH networks that provide symmetrical gigabit speeds to residents. Consolidated offers streaming content options to complement its fiber services and provides enhanced security and business communications solutions, including DDoS Mitigation, Cloud Secure, ProConnect and business productivity tools. Consolidated Communications reported $1.28 billion in revenue for fiscal 2021.

Corning Optical Communications

www.corning.com
828-901-5000

Key Products: Optical fiber, optical fiber cable, FTTx product suite (cabinets, splitters, terminals, housings, drops), closures, connectors, cable assemblies, wireless access networks, engineering services, training

Summary: In 2020, Corning marked the 50th anniversary of the first commercial, low-loss optical fiber – an innovation that transformed the communications industry. Corning remains a top provider of passive visual products and is the world’s most extensive fiber producer. The company has been behind many innovations, including loose-tube cable design, plug-and-play solutions for LAN, and data-center applications. Its hardened, pre-connectorized products offer providers new FTTH network deployment options, such as its ultra-bend-insensitive ClearCurve product suite, designed to lower installation costs by minimizing the need for highly skilled labor. Designed for long-haul, metro and FTTH network applications, Corning’s SMF-28 Ultra Optical Fiber combines low attenuation with improved macro bend performance. Corning responded to the need for higher fiber counts with RocketRibbon, doubling fiber density in a 200-micron outer diameter. In 2021, Corning introduced SMF-28 Contour fiber with superior bendability, compatibility, and low signal loss. It also launched the EDGE Rapid Connect family for an up to 70 percent faster deployment than legacy cabling methods. The company expanded its longtime collaboration with AT&T to extend investments in fiber infrastructure, grow U.S. broadband networks, and accelerate 5G deployment.

In 2020, Underwriters Labs (UL) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) launched the world’s first comprehensive SPIRE Smart Building Program in collaboration with Corning. Corning also introduced its Evolv hardened connectivity solutions designed to accelerate deployment of fiber networks and launched its Pushlok connector, reducing terminal size, facilitating lower costs and allowing quick connectivity. In 2021, Corning’s optical communications business reported $4.3 billion in revenue, growing 22 percent from 2020; the growth accelerated in the first quarter of 2022. The company has experienced unprecedented demand in fiber broadband, 5G and cloud computing due partly to long-term trends and products such as compact in-building wireless 5G to satisfy pandemic-induced home broadband use.

COS Systems

www.cossystems.com
800-562-1730

Key Products: Demand aggregation software, BSS/OSS for managing open-access fiber networks

Summary: The COS Systems software suite helps network owners profitably plan, deploy and manage broadband networks to deliver services from one or more providers. COS Service Zones is a demand aggregation tool that enables network builders to identify grassroots interest in better broadband, spread awareness of their projects and presell internet connections using a fiberhood approach. COS Business Engine is a BSS/OSS suite for automating fiber network business processes and operations. It enables operators to market and sell services from multiple providers in an online marketplace with zero-touch service provisioning.

COS clients include private ISPs and operators, public-private partnerships, municipalities and utilities and cooperatives in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In October 2020, COS Systems was acquired by Pivot Partners. In February 2021, COS brought on new CEO Mikael Philipsson, who will further advance the company’s goal of automating fiber networks globally. One of the company’s founders, Anders Lindehall, will manage and strengthen relations with existing partners. New product functionality includes billing platform integrations and a workflow engine to automate new customer hookups. Since 2021, BG Communications, a network operator working with municipalities in Austria to build open-access FTTH, has been using COS Service Zones to capture customer interest and the COS Business Engine for operations. In addition, Kitsap Public Utility District in Washington has been using COS Business Engine for its rural, open-access fiber growth for six years. Privately held COS Systems is headquartered in Umeå, Sweden, and has U.S. headquarters in New York City.

Cox Communications

www.cox.com
800-234-3993

Key Products: High-speed internet, digital video, voice and smart-home services

Summary: The largest private telecom company in the U.S., Cox Communications serves nearly 7 million homes and businesses across 18 states. Cox was one of the first to launch residential gigabit internet speeds and more than 99 percent of Cox residential customers have access to gigabit speeds. This year, Cox announced the company would begin offering 2 Gbps symmetrical speeds in neighborhoods across its footprint. Cox is making a multibillion-dollar infrastructure investment to continue leading in broadband services and enable future growth by building a 10 gigabit–capable fiber optic network. These enhancements will allow Cox to deliver multi-gigabit speeds to its customers in the next few years, both downstream and upstream, to support bandwidth-hungry applications. Cox also teamed with US Ignite to help make Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego among the first “smart gigabit communities.” In addition, Cox launched Cox2M, which provides custom IoT solutions for businesses and cities.

Cox has been a leader in bridging the digital divide for low-income families with school-age children through its Connect2Compete internet offer. It increased program speeds and helped connect more than 60,000 new customers during the pandemic. The company also pledged $60 million to close the digital learning gap. Cox doubled the download speed of its low-cost internet options ConnectAssist and Connect2Compete from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps, effective March 31, 2022. The company also joined White House officials to announce a partnership with the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which will give eligible households access to its 100 Mbps high-speed internet service at no cost. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by James M. Cox, who served three terms as governor of Ohio. Cox Communities is the division that delivers solutions to MDU owners, managers and developers, SFU developers, and the residents and owners within their communities to support them in optimizing rents and occupancy and making their properties future-ready.

“The challenge isn’t simply constructing a fiber network; almost anyone can do that. The challenge is building a network designed for the next 30 years, operating professionally, offering in-demand products, and consistently providing exceptional customer service to the consumer, commercial and governmental customers.”
– Brad Moline, President and CEO, ALLO Communications

CTC Technology & Energy (CTC)

www.ctcnet.us
301-933-1488

Key Products: Fiber and wireless broadband network planning and design, engineering, financial analysis, grant funding and strategies, digital equity, assessment, implementation

Summary: CTC Technology & Energy (CTC) offers extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of broadband strategic planning, needs assessment, feasibility analysis, engineering, business modeling, grant strategy and grant writing. Founded in 1983, CTC delivers independent strategic, technical and financial guidance on broadband infrastructure primarily to public and nonprofit entities, including state and local governments, cooperative and municipal utilities, nonprofit consortia and universities. With more than 15 years of experience with federal, state and regional grant programs, CTC helps clients capitalize on funding opportunities. The firm identifies program options and develops appropriate funding strategies that align clients’ broadband plans, including public-private collaboration, with available funding opportunities. CTC is a pioneer in digital equity analysis and planning. Through innovative data collection and analysis approaches, the firm helps public-sector clients better understand the gaps that may keep all residents from making the most meaningful use of broadband. These approaches do not focus on building new infrastructure but on developing strategic guidance regarding affordability, device access, digital literacy, language barriers, security concerns and other issues that prevent internet adoption and use.

Danella Companies

www.danella.com
610-828-6200

Key Products: FTTH network design, engineering, construction, testing

Summary: As Danella celebrates 50 years in business, CEO Jim Danella reflected that the company’s start wasn’t easy. After the final papers were signed transferring the ownership of a small construction company in Norristown, Pennsylvania, T.W. Faulkner, Jr. Inc., to the Danella Companies, most of Faulkner’s management team resigned. Since its founding, Danella grew from a tiny office/yard to having a rental footprint in each of the 50 states, construction in 15 states, and more than 1,800 employees across the country. It has 17 divisions operating from 29 geographically diverse facilities in 12 states. Danella Construction performs approximately $225 million in work per year. It is a leading installation contractor for all types of utilities, providing services for the power, gas distribution, water and communications industries since its early beginnings. Danella continues to expand its FTTH services for Tier-1 service providers and municipalities. By acquiring Florida-based Viking Utility Services in 2020, Danella expanded its underground utility power and communications infrastructure installation and repair expertise. Viking’s capabilities include new construction development infrastructure, overhead to underground electric conversion, communications (fiber, coax, FTTx), directional drilling and locating services.

Danella also has been enhancing its management team. In 2020, Danella Engineering and Construction Corporation (DECC) tapped Danella veteran Dan Howick as its new vice president. He returned to Danella after serving a two-plus-year stint as the vice president of design and construction for Magellan Advisors. DECC offers broadband network design, engineering, planning, deployment and implementation fields. The company also is making efforts to boost diversity. In August 2020, it named Kate Howick as director of operations for the company’s engineering division. Among her many tasks is helping restart the engineering division, which focuses on broadband, and managing its day-to-day operations. Despite constraints presented by the pandemic, Danella bolstered its ranking in the 2021 Engineering News-Record’s report. Danella rose from 81 in 2020 to 78 in 2021. Danella ranks number 10 in the Top 20 Utility Services sector.

Design Nine / WideOpen Networks

www.designnine.com; www.wideopennetworks.us
540-951-4400

Key Products: Planning and feasibility studies; business and financial planning; project management; network design, buildout and operations

Summary: Design Nine’s broadband planning and network design firm is well known for its expertise in local transport and open-access networks. Design Nine’s services include fiber and wireless network design, grant-writing assistance, needs assessment, broadband network buildout assistance, financial modeling, business planning, community-owned broadband systems’ legal and organizational structures, and project management. Open-access networks it planned and designed include Bozeman Fiber in Montana; Palm Coast FiberNET in Florida; nDanville, Rockbridge and Wired Road in Virginia; FastRoads in New Hampshire; AccessEagan in Minnesota; and fiber to the home in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Charles City County in Virginia.

Design Nine’s subsidiary, WideOpen Networks, manages community-owned and private-sector networks, providing network monitoring, service provisioning, service provider attraction, asset management, billing and outside-plant management. The company has been recognized by “CIO Review” as a Top 20 Emerging Network Solution Provider. WideOpen Networks plans to develop 40 miles of fiber in Blacksburg, Virginia, that will serve up to 8,000 homes. Design Nine’s broadband planning work continues to expand, with a sharp increase in the number of feasibility studies completed and a steady rise in the number of municipalities requesting help. Design Nine, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, works on projects throughout North America.

Ditch Witch

www.ditchwitch.com
580-336-4402; 800-654-6481

Key Products: Construction equipment for laying fiber

Summary: Ditch Witch offers tools that allow service providers to dig efficiently through challenging terrain, congested roadways and manicured lawns to build FTTH networks. It specializes in developing underground construction equipment, including trenchers, microtrenchers, vibratory plows, horizontal directional drills, mud recycling and fluid systems, drill pipe, HDD tooling, vacuum excavation systems and mini skid steers. Ditch Witch microtrenchers are designed to improve productivity and reduce the cost per foot on fiber job sites. The company’s newest fiber installation offering is the JT20XP horizontal directional drill package, which features the JT20XP drill and XP44 mixing system for midsize utility installation jobs. In 2019, Toro Company acquired Ditch Witch’s parent company, Charles Machine Works, for $700 million, a deal that allows Ditch Witch and other associated Charles Machine Works brands to access Toro’s reach and presence as a large international brand. Charles Machine Works is also the parent of several other underground-construction brands, including Subsite Electronics, DW/TXS, HammerHead, Radius HDD, American Augers, Trencor and MTI Equipment.

Among the company’s latest underground construction products are the RT80 Trencher and the JT24 Directional Drill. The new Ditch Witch Rock Monster HD back reamer is designed for solid rock drilling. To help contractors centralize fleet and machine information, Ditch Witch launched the Stand-On Skid Steer, the HX30G Vacuum Excavator and the Orange Intel Fleet Management System. Recently, the company added a new microtrencher, the MT26, which offers 26 inches of digging depth for 5G applications that need at least two feet of cover. Ditch Witch’s factory is in Perry, Oklahoma, and the company has more than 1,400 employees. Its equipment is distributed through a worldwide dealer organization that operates in more than 100 countries through more than 170 locations.

Dura-Line Corporation

www.duraline.com
800-847-7661

Key Products: Conduit, cable-in-conduit, microducts, accessories

Summary: Dura-Line develops and manufactures high-density, polyethylene conduits for protecting fiber optic, electrical and coaxial cables. It supplies fiber optic conduit and related products to telecom, data, cable TV, power and other markets. Customers include leading U.S. and international telephone and cable providers. Dura-Line developed the first ducts for installing and protecting fiber optic cables in 1981, introduced a complete line of fiber optic microduct products in 2001, and followed up in 2003 with FuturePath, a bundled package of microducts that can be installed the same way as a traditional conduit. FuturePath allows up to 24 pathways in a single conduit, and the FuturePath Figure-8, introduced in 2018, allows bundling seven microducts into one conduit for aerial fiber. In February 2021, in response to the global COVID-19 crisis, Dura-Line’s parent company, Orbia, and the Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities), a city-led network to empower cities to advance the lives of urban dwellers, announced a partnership to produce innovative, long-term infrastructure investments that include connectivity. Dura-Line’s conduit is being deployed in three rural U.S. communities in need of a new fiber infrastructure to support tourism and the film industry – Waco, Texas; Senoia, Georgia; and Deadwood, South Dakota. Dura-Line has 20 locations and 1,500-plus employees worldwide.

Dycom Industries

www.dycomind.com
561-627-7171

Key Products: Program and project management, engineering, construction, maintenance, installation services

Summary: Dycom provides specialty contracting services, including engineering, construction, program and project management, materials provisioning, installation and maintenance to telecommunications, cable MSOs and broadband providers throughout the U.S. Its subsidiaries provide services to construct, install, optimize and maintain communications facilities. The company offers a full suite of turnkey services for wireline and wireless networks, including planning, site identification and acquisition, architectural and engineering services, design, project management, materials purchasing and distribution, infrastructure and tower construction, equipment and antenna installation, cable placement and splicing, central office EF&I, commission, integration, residential and commercial installations, customer acquisition, locating services and maintenance.

AT&T, Comcast and Charter all recently awarded Dycom construction and fulfillment service contracts and extensions, and Dycom recently signed a rural fiber services contract covering two states. Dycom is also finding new opportunities to assist electric co-ops with their FTTH builds. Steven Nielsen, CEO of Dycom, noted in the company’s fiscal 2021 first-quarter call that fiber construction revenue from electrical utilities was $57.4 million in the quarter and increased organically 37.2 percent year-over-year. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with more than 14,000 employees, Dycom posted $3.2 billion in revenue for the fiscal year 2021.

DZS

www.dzsi.com
877-946-6320

Key Products: Broadband connectivity, connected home and business, and mobile and optical edge transport solutions

Summary: DZS Inc. is a global leader in access networking infrastructure, service assurance and consumer experience software solutions. DZS enables today’s broadband service providers to become tomorrow’s experience providers by partnering to transform their networks and business models with software-defined subscriber experience management for immersive, in-home Wi-Fi management and services. The company also offers service assurance; end-to-end, intelligent, multi-gigabit fiber (FTTx) broadband connectivity; and 5G mobile services. DZS has paved the way in GPON, XGS-PON, 5G mobile, any haul, O-RAN, and optical LAN (FiberLanTM) innovation to meet the most demanding and complex requirements in next-generation broadband access and wireless networks. The company’s scalable, future-proof portfolio, which includes market-leading fixed, mobile and enterprise solutions complemented by robust fiber-edge access and transport expertise and world-class support services, accelerates broadband investments for any deployment scenario.

DZS is led by visionary CEO Charlie Vogt, who joined in 2020. That same year, he secured $64 million in new investments, erased all debt and showed a significant market expansion. Since 2020, DZS has made several strategic moves to increase its leadership position, including entering a partnership with Rakuten Mobile that led to the deployment of the industry’s first fully virtualized, cloud-native Open RAN (O-RAN) mobile network to millions of subscribers. In 2021, DZS acquired Optelian (5G mobile transport) and RIFT (network control and automation). In May 2022, DZS acquired specific core assets of ASSIA, a developer of broadband access quality-of-experience software solutions. DZS is now present in 150 million connected homes with software providing 125 million subscribers service assurance and in-home Wi-Fi analytics across across 30 of the top 50 global service providers, including Bouygues Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Liberty Latin America, Lumen, TalkTalk Group, Telefonica and TELUS. The DZS revenue at the end of second quarter of 2022 was $77 million, with orders of $101 million, despite supply chain disruptions, inflation pressures, and geopolitical uncertainty overseas.

“Fiber broadband creates opportunities at every level for communities, people, businesses and the companies that build, manage and deliver network services. We are at the beginning of a transformational cycle of innovation and economic growth, one that will be fueled by the level of capacity that only fiber broadband delivers. As we look to close the digital divide for all Americans, the challenges ahead are significant, and at Clearfield, we’re working to ensure our customers have the products they need when they need them, and that they can deliver fiber connections faster and more efficiently.”
– Cheri Beranek, CEO, Clearfield

EPB Fiber Optics

www.epb.com
423-648-1372

Key Products: Voice, video, data and smart-grid services provided over a fiber optic network

Summary: EPB’s FTTP network is frequently cited as a national model for deploying a community-based fiber network that provides broadband access to every home and business in its 600-square-mile service area. EPB pioneered a groundbreaking business plan combining a fiber network with cutting-edge smart-grid technology: a municipal utility serving the Chattanooga area. In 2010, EPB became the first U.S. provider to launch gig-speed internet service accessible to all its customers. EPB also uses the Chattanooga fiber network as the communications backbone for one of the most advanced, highly automated, self-healing smart-grid power distribution systems in the U.S.

Leveraging its 9,000-mile fiber optic backbone, EPB’s smart grid reroutes power around storm damage and other disruptions to reduce outages by about 55 percent per year, saving customers more than an estimated $161 million annual losses with spoiled goods, lost productivity and other outage-related damages. A study by Bento Lobo, Ph.D., documents $2.69 billion in community benefits for Chattanooga during the first 10 years since EPB’s fiber optic deployment. Positive impacts include creating nearly 10,000 additional jobs (above-average growth), bridging the digital divide for students, reducing 4.7 million carbon emissions and participating in more than 100 national research projects testing smart-city technologies.

EPB also plays an active role in driving cybersecurity innovations. Quantum Protected Network, a cybersecurity technology developed by Qubitekk and field-tested at EPB, was named a finalist for a 2022 Edison Award. This new cybersecurity application is an extension of previous research and development by Qubitekk and EPB in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Today, EPB serves more than 120,000 homes and businesses. In addition to being the first to launch a 1 Gbps speed tier, EPB also premiered the first 10 Gbps fiber broadband service offering in 2015 for residential and business customers in its service territory. From the start, all EPB internet services included unlimited data, symmetrical upload and download speeds, and customer service and tech support 24/7/365. In July 2020, EPB partnered with Hamilton County Schools and other community partners to launch HCS EdConnect, which provides broadband internet to families with students in need at no charge. Qualified families receive 100 Mbps speeds, professionally installed routers and full technical support – and they can keep the service for at least 10 years. Although EPB had to raise the prices of its Fi TV packages due to rising content prices, the price for EPB Fi-Speed Internet remains the same – without increases since EPB launched the service in 2009. EPB launched EPB Broadband Solutions in 2018 to help other communities build fiber optic networks. In addition to offering expertise, EPB Broadband Solutions provides a range of services to reduce capital cost and financial risk while accelerating speed to market.

ESPi

www.espicorp.com
877-799-3774

Key Products: UPS equipment for fiber installations

Summary: Kansas-based ESPi manufactures several lines of UPS equipment for FTTH installations and remote sites without power. ESPi offers indoor and outdoor UPS solutions and solar and hybrid UPS units to provide power to remote areas where utility power is not readily available. ESPi’s UPS product line includes 12V NEO Indoor, 12V TITAN Outdoor, 12V TITAN Solar, 24V TITAN-24, 48V Mega TITAN, TITAN-XL, Solar UPS products, AC/DC Power adapters, and much more. ESPi distributes its products directly and through various partners, including United Tel-Supply, Power & Tel, Graybar and KGP Logistics.

ETI Software Solutions

www.etisoftware.com
770-242-3620; 800-332-1078

Key Products: Software products for managing the entire broadband subscriber lifestyle, from service activation and fulfillment, work order management and billing to device management and data analytics

Summary: Founded in 1992, ETI Software Solutions is an employee-owned software company headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, with affiliate offices in England, Bulgaria and Ukraine. ETI helps utilities, municipalities and private broadband providers deploy fiber broadband services. Led by a team of telecommunications and software industry veterans, ETI’s professionals are dedicated to helping service providers grow, transform and keep their subscribers and partners happy.

ETI Software is experiencing tremendous growth and momentum today, led by its partnership with Microsoft and membership in the TM Forum. This collaboration birthed a service management platform that combines Microsoft Dynamics’ scalability, security and reliability with TM Forum standards and ETI’s expertise in device, subscriber and network management. Providers can now simplify the process of device and application integration, subscriber and service activation, and consolidation of data to reduce costs, improve customer experiences and roll out next-generation services faster and more efficiently. ETI Software provides a single point of control, enabling solutions that deliver new insights and more-personalized customer engagements spanning the entire subscriber life cycle. This solution allows ETI to offer enterprise-level capabilities to providers of all sizes. In 2021, Rhyan Neble, ETI’s vice president of innovation, was named a Top 100 Tech Innovators & Influencers at InterCon USA.

EXFO

www.exfo.com
418-683-0211; 800-663-3936

Key Products: Testing, monitoring and analytics solutions for the communications industry

Summary: EXFO, headquartered in Quebec, Canada, has offered testing, monitoring and analytics solutions for 36 years and, by most measures, is the world’s largest supplier of communications troubleshooting equipment. The company has lab and field-testing expertise, providing solutions that automate FTTH testing and workflows to boost efficiency and subscriber quality of experience. EXFO’s FTTH test portfolio includes fiber inspection solutions; OLTS, OTDR and iOLM, including CWDM and DWDM models; PON power meters; Ethernet protocol testers; and end-to-end monitoring solutions for the physical and service layers. In mid-2019, EXFO introduced the Optical Xplorer, an optical fiber multimeter that verifies optical links and automatically finds and identifies faults. Also announced was the Optical Wave Expert, a device that integrates DWDM channel power validation and intelligent OTDR fault-locating capabilities on a single port.

EXFO supports the end-to-end design to deployment ecosystem with test solutions for network equipment manufacturers and network operators alike. The company, which has about 1,900 employees worldwide, has been broadening its suite of 5G test tools and, in 2020, expanded the development of its cloud-native, AI-based Nova A|SA Adaptive Service Assurance platform. Since then, it has broadened its collaboration in that field with Intel, most recently in winter 2022. EXFO operates in more than 25 countries and counts 95 percent of the world’s top communications service providers as customers, including Openreach in the U.K. and eir in Ireland, which were announced within the last year. In August 2021, EXFO converted to a private company.

Fiberdyne Labs

www.fiberdyne.com
315-895-8470; 800-894-9694

Key Products: Optical passive devices, multiplexers, fiber optic cable assemblies, termination boxes, FTTH drop cables, fiber testing and installation services

Summary: Fiberdyne Labs, Inc., established in 1992, is a manufacturer of stock and custom fiber optic products, including termination boxes, passive modules (WDM and fiber splitters), fiber jumpers, pigtails and MPO cables and cassettes. Recent product introductions include in-building fiber tracing tools, FTTH drop cables, various wavelength-division-multiplexing solutions and a new 1RU termination box. The company also offers fiber characterization testing and installation services nationwide. Fiberdyne can determine whether a fiber plant will support a provider’s network equipment and transmission speed with its fiber characterization service. Its installation services include managing, terminating, troubleshooting and testing copper and fiber optic cabling. It also offers fiber optic splicing services to repair broken fiber optic cables or splice on factory terminated pigtails. Headquartered in Frankfort, New York, Fiberdyne has 77 full-time employees.

Finley Engineering

www.finleyusa.com
800-225-9716

Key Products: Broadband network consulting, design and engineering services

Summary: Finley Engineering is one of the most extensive communications and network design companies in the U.S. With almost 70 years of communications and electric power engineering experience and 30-plus years of experience with fiber communication and data projects, Finley works with organizations that provide fiber connections to improve quality of life and economic opportunities. Specializing in end-to-end engineering consulting, Finley works with telecom providers, electric cooperatives, municipalities and counties to find the best broadband strategies to fit specific needs. Every project starts with a strategic discussion regarding broadband and includes all stakeholders to gather critical information and perspectives. Finley’s approach is from start to finish – from the initial feasibility study to project completion. The company continues to specialize in helping clients secure rural broadband funding from grants and loans and has been particularly active in Fiber Broadband Association educational efforts. The company has a half-dozen offices and is headquartered in Lamar, Missouri. It has more than 250 employees nationwide.

Fiber Instrument Sales (FIS)

www.fiberinstrumentsales.com
800-500-0347

Key Products: Test equipment, consumables and cable assemblies

Summary: FIS is a manufacturer and full-line distributor of communication fiber optics; test equipment, connectors, cable and cable assemblies, tools and toolkits, fiber optic consumable products and fiber distribution cabinets. FIS is not new to the marketplace; it has been servicing fiber optic contractors and broadband companies since its inception in 1985, selling test equipment, consumables and cable assemblies. FIS has continued to expand distribution and its manufacturing efforts elevating its services and products as the “safety of the buy” for a customer base of more than 8,000. With 250 employees, FIS manufactures fiber interconnects, cable, test equipment, splice-on connectors, and cable assemblies in the U.S.

Recent developments for the FTTx market include fiber interconnects for pedestal and pole mounting in FTTH networks. FIS has metal fabrication equipment, paint booths, silk screening and loading of pre-terminated cables into the enclosures for quick field installations. FIS has new kits for FTTH technicians for mid-span cable access, smaller fusion splicers for installing fiber connectors, and fiber splice and distribution enclosures for hardened outdoor connectors. It is manufacturing drop cables to connect the residential home to optical splitters on the pole or at the neighborhood pedestal. The FIS Fiber to the Home Solution is a program that allows an end-user or contractor to choose the preferred products from multiple manufacturers and migrate them together. FIS is a supplier to many FTTH providers, including Ezee Fiber in Houston, Texas, Greenlight Networks in Rochester, NY, and MaxxSouth Broadband in Mississippi. Besides being a fiber supplier, FIS offers a series of fiber optic training courses: online, custom corporate training, hands-on, and in-person training at its Brightside Training Center.

Foresite Group

www.foresitegroup.net
770-368-1399

Key Products: Broadband engineering, wireless services

Summary: Foresite Group is a multidisciplinary engineering, planning, design and consulting firm providing collaborative services to public- and private-sector clients nationwide. The company’s broadband engineering practice area integrates fiber optic engineering services, management and consultation expertise to provide comprehensive broadband connectivity programs to clients and communities. To understand each community’s unique needs, goals and capabilities, the company developed a four-phase program, including a community assessment, a broadband master plan, program implementation, and technology master planning. Clients include Huntsville Utilities (HU), UTOPIA Fiber, Verizon, Google Fiber and AT&T.

Foresite Group was instrumental in the HU fiber infrastructure network buildout. HU designated fibers for its use and smart-grid applications while leasing a portion to Google Fiber. The firm also completed high-level design for an institutional network for the city of New Orleans and the Foundation for Louisiana. Foresite Group is currently working with Northline Leander Development Company to provide fiber conduit consulting, design services, and project management services for its mixed-use development. Headquartered in the Atlanta area, Foresite Group has 150 associates in 15 offices nationwide.

Fujitsu Network Communications

www.fujitsu.com/us/products/network
888-362-7763

Key Products: Telecommunications hardware and software; financial, business and IT consulting, market analysis and deployment plans; network design, supply chain management, project management, network deployment and systems integration; operations and management, multivendor wireline and wireless solutions, fiber services, custom indoor/outdoor cabinets, network and technology refresh

Summary: Fujitsu Network Communications helps network operators and service providers launch or expand broadband networks that bring enhanced connectivity to their subscribers. Its consultative, systems integrator approach gives customers a single point of contact and peace of mind that their fiber and wireless network, operations and services will be ready on day one. With extensive project management experience acquired through many years of deployments, Fujitsu manages any level of planning, implementation and operations that the customer requires. The company provides turnkey solutions for FTTx implementations with the best multivendor wireline, wireless and software technology. Fujitsu has served as a prime integrator for high-profile projects, including an FTTH deployment by Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos, New Mexico, and a middle-mile network for Horizon in southern and eastern Ohio. Fujitsu also served as prime network integrator for municipal broadband provider FairlawnGig, which achieved a 94 percent customer satisfaction score in a recent online survey of business and residential users. Traverse City (Michigan) Light & Power also tapped Fujitsu to help launch gigabit broadband internet and digital voice services for residential and commercial subscribers in October 2020.

With remote work and learning on the rise, Fujitsu deployed several new networks in 2020–2022, including a 53-mile FTTH network for Craig-Botetourt Rural Electric Cooperative in New Castle, Virginia. Valley TeleCom Group in Wilcox, Arizona, deployed the Fujitsu 1FINITY optical networking platform and Virtuora NC, enabling its existing network to support higher bandwidth and software-defined operations and management. Similar deployments were made for Pioneer Communications in southwestern Kansas and CityWest in British Columbia, enabling access to essential digital services in underserved communities. In 2021, Florida’s Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) selected Fujitsu to plan, design and deploy a broadband network expansion to be part of neighborhood revitalization for promoting long-term business growth on the Florida coast. Fujitsu Network Communications is a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, a Japanese information and communications technology company (ICT). As the digital transformation partner of choice for customers in more than 100 countries, Fujitsu’s 124,000 employees work to resolve some of the most significant challenges facing humanity. The global company’s range of services and solutions draws on five key technologies: computing, networks, AI, data and security, and converging technologies, which are brought together to deliver sustainability transformation. Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of $32 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.

“Fiber broadband providers need secure, scalable, intelligent systems to operate what has become a complex web of technology. In order to provide ubiquitous service, it’s time to simplify operations management software by consolidating disparate systems into a single platform. Leveraging open APIs, enabling automation and data analytics to drive business insights, offers a path toward sustainable networks for the future.”
– Jeff Fraleigh, President, ETI Software Solutions

GigabitNow

www.gigabitnow.com
866-748-8066

Key Products: FTTH network solutions and internet services, including design, construction, operations, connectivity and customer support

Summary: GigabitNow offers communities of all sizes fast, reliable, affordable fiber internet without bandwidth caps and free from privacy worries or service constraints. The company provides customized solutions, including complete turnkey services, for development, construction, operations, support and delivery of gigabit fiber internet networks. GigabitNow provides gigabit-class networks and services to unserved and underserved municipalities, multitenant buildings and private (including senior living) communities. GigabitNow lit large sections of Fullerton, California, in 2020 as part of its FiberCity project with SiFi Networks and started working with customers in neighboring communities on new connectivity services. It announced a new project for Placentia, California, in June 2021. Several other FiberCity projects with SiFi are underway, including in Salem, Massachusetts – GigabitNow’s first residential/business deployment on the East Coast. The company is also deploying new FTTH community networks in Oregon and Arizona – the list was 17 deployments by mid-2022. Founded in 1991, GigabitNow is a division of IsoFusion, one of the largest privately held, full-service ISPs and co-location providers in the Pacific Northwest.

GLDS

www.glds.com
800-882-7950

Key Products: Software for broadband customer management, billing, provisioning and workforce management

Summary: Since 1980, GLDS has helped small operators look big by providing flexible billing and management software at affordable prices – including cloud-based options requiring much smaller investments. With major equipment suppliers, GLDS supports FTTH, IPTV, DOCSIS, OTT, LTE, wireless and legacy delivery systems and native (not DOCSIS) provisioning for Calix, ADTRAN, Nokia and other FTTH platforms. The company has installed solutions for more than 800 small and midsize broadband operators (12 new ones added in 2020), including FTTH, cable, satellite and wireless operators ranging from small startups to providers with more than 550,000 customers.

GLDS has offices in California, Wisconsin, Alabama and Lithuania and supports operators in all U.S. states except Delaware and 47 countries worldwide. Key products include BroadHub for billing and customer management (by salespeople, both in-person and remotely) and SuperController for automated provisioning. MyBroadbandMarket allows operators to win new subscribers 24/365 by providing a virtual salesperson who can take customers through online shopping and a self-subscribing “mall.” GLDS hosts the platform, maintains security certificates, and ensures PA-DSS compliance requirements, but it appears part of any service provider’s online presence. WinForce tech, a mobile workforce management platform, empowers field techs with tools previously available only to office staff. The GLDS best-of-suite approach ensures that critical features come pre-integrated, eliminating the need for expensive, lengthy development timelines. Last year, GLDS partnered with Paymentus Holdings, a provider of cloud-based bill payment technology, to bring frictionless payment solutions to broadband customers throughout North America. The payment solutions are serviced and installed through GLDS to streamline and expand payment options for broadband service customers, including AmazonPay, PayPal, Venmo and retail merchants such as Walmart.

GoNetspeed

www.gonetspeed.com
855-891-7291

Key Products: Voice, video and gigabit internet services

Summary: Headquartered in Rochester, New York, GoNetspeed serves residential and small-business customers on its high-speed, fiber optic network. GoNetspeed launched services late in 2017 and, during the first six months of 2018, built 100 miles of the network across 13 towns in two states, serving more than 30,000 homes. In 2018, GoNetspeed began building fiber in West Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport, Connecticut, providing residential customers and small businesses access to internet speeds up to 1 Gbps. In 2021, GoNetspeed, OTELCO, Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies, and Upstate Fiber Networks were acquired by Oak Hill Capital. These companies are rebranding to GoNetspeed over the next year in preparation for a significant fiber internet expansion in Maine, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. GoNetspeed currently provides service to more than 235,000 homes in the Northeast.

Graybar

www.graybar.com
800-GRAYBAR (472-9227)

Key Products: PON electronics, fiber cabinets and enclosures, fiber optic cable, fiber splice closures and pedestals, DC power, fiber terminals

Summary: Graybar is a North American distributor of products and materials for telecommunications and other industries. FTTH and related solutions represent a significant portion of Graybar’s broadband business. Independent telephone companies and cooperatives, competitive exchange carriers, municipalities, rural electric cooperatives, contractors, wireless companies and cable operators depend on Graybar. In November 2021, Graybar acquired Metro Electric Supply and Metro Lighting, a regional distributor primarily serving homebuilders and contractors specializing in residential, commercial and industrial projects. It is also a retailer of lighting products. Graybar has won several accolades as a company. Fortune named Graybar on the World’s Most Admired Companies list for the 20th year and 399 on its Fortune 500 ranking of America’s largest companies. Graybar also was named one of Energage’s Top Workplaces USA. Founded in 1869 as Gray and Barton, Graybar sells thousands of items from major manufacturers; its value-added services include kitting and integrated solutions. A Fortune 500 company with net sales of $8.8 billion in 2021, Graybar employs 8,800 people at 300 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. It is one of North America’s largest and oldest employee-owned companies.

Greenlight Networks

www.greenlightnetworks.com
585-351-6600; 716-919-4300

Key Products: High-speed internet services

Summary: Greenlight Networks is an ultra-high-speed broadband service provider offering customers internet speeds up to 2 Gbps. Greenlight Networks was founded in 2011 and built, owns and operates a fiber optic network that provides high-speed internet connections. The company currently offers high-speed fiber internet to more than 90,000 homes in 20 municipalities in the Rochester, Buffalo, Binghamton and Albany, New York, areas. Last year, Greenlight Networks completed its acquisition of Plexicomm, a Binghamton-based ISP, providing a platform for Greenlight to expand its fiber network across New York’s Southern Tier. In June, Greenlight Networks announced that private equity firm Oak Hill Capital became its majority investor, providing the financial backing to accelerate Greenlight’s growth in building and connecting fiber-to-the-home broadband services across New York state and beyond. Oak Hill announced plans to invest up to $300 million to expand Greenlight’s network to more than 800,000 homes in the next few years.

GVTC

www.gvtc.com
830-885-4411; 800-367-4882

Key Products: Internet, cable TV, smart-home security, phone

Summary: GVTC, an independent ISP, delivers high-speed internet, cable TV, smart-home security and phone to residential and business customers in far northern San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and South-Central Texas. Today, more than 80 percent of GVTC’s service area has FTTH capability, with more expansion projects in the pipeline. In early 2019, GVTC simplified its FTTH offerings with a new tier structure featuring standard symmetrical speeds of up to 250 Mbps, with options to upgrade to 500 Mbps and 1 Gbps. Later, GVTC launched a premium Wi-Fi service with a Wi-Fi 6 router and a mobile app to control and customize subscribers’ Wi-Fi experiences. To date, GVTC has installed nearly 10,000 new routers.

A key element of GVTC’s fiber buildout strategy is an ongoing collaboration with the local economic development agencies and municipalities that use its fiber network to recruit and retain businesses. For example, GVTC built out fiber across Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales, Texas, in partnership with the cities to make them attractive destinations for residents and businesses. It is working with other nearby communities on similar fiber expansion partnerships. In March 2021, GVTC achieved a net promoter score (NPS) of +44, up from +28 in 2020, for its Premium Wi-Fi Service using the complete Calix Revenue Edge solution. This puts GVTC in the same category as companies such as Apple and Target, far above the norm for the telecommunications industry. To support the community, in 2022, GVTC awarded $200,000 in scholarships to local students through the GVTC Foundation. Scholarship categories include leadership, volunteerism and vocational/technical. GVTC was named as one of PCMag’s Best Gaming ISPs for 2021. Located in New Braunfels, Texas, GVTC has 224 employees.

Harrison Edwards

www.prforbroadband.com
914-242-0010

Key Products: Marketing consulting services

Summary: These days, it seems like Harrison Edwards is involved in just about every aspect of the fiber broadband industry. The integrated marketing and public relations company emerged in the mid-2010s and helped shape modern-day community engagement strategies for broadband projects. Since then, it has widened its reach to provide stakeholder engagement services, customer acquisition strategies and political advocacy. The company works with network operators, ISPs, engineering firms, construction companies, software vendors, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations to help drive broadband access and adoption. In the last year, it has helped drive advocacy efforts on behalf of the Vermont CUD Association with NTIA, launched stakeholder campaigns for clients such as SiFi Networks and Fujitsu, and developed marketing and customer acquisition strategies for UTOPIA Fiber, Yellowstone Fiber, Traverse City Light & Power, and many others.

Notably, the Harrison Edwards team helped launch the Southern Tier 8 eight-county municipal project into the spotlight, bringing national attention to the Southern Tier of New York for the first time in decades. In the coming year, Bob Knight, CEO of Harrison Edwards, will serve as a co-chair of the 2023 Broadband Communities Summit in Houston. He and Pamela Tucker, director of marketing at Harrison Edwards, will be participating in the Fiber Broadband Association’s regional Fiber Connect conferences, leading sessions on stakeholder engagement and customer acquisition strategies for emerging fiber networks. Julia Emrick, the company’s vice president of operations, will be busy expanding Harrison Edwards’ grant writing capabilities and engaging with industry partners to help drive broadband projects forward successfully.

Horizon

www.horizonconnects.com
866-418-8126

Key Products: Internet, Ethernet, hosted voice, cloud express, dark fiber, wavelength, data center connectivity services

Summary: Horizon is a facilities-based fiber optic broadband service provider based in Ohio with expanding services across the Midwest. The company has announced or begun FTTH buildouts in several Ohio markets, including Greenfield, Washington Court House, Lancaster, Zanesville, Athens, Logan, Johnstown, and Hillsboro – and more are on the way. Operating 5,500-plus route miles of fiber, Horizon provides high-quality, flexible connectivity solutions to residential, small to large enterprise and wholesale carrier customers. The company’s extensive network offers high-speed Ethernet, dedicated internet access, hosted voice and UCaaS, dark fiber, wavelength and data center connectivity services. In 2022, the company was awarded two broadband projects by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Broadband Expansions Authority to reduce the digital divide in rural Ohio. This is also the year Horizon selected the ADTRAN 10G fiber access platform and intelligent SaaS software to build a new fiber network throughout several communities in Ohio. Horizon is devoted to connecting its customers to their worlds with cutting-edge technology.

Hotwire Communications

www.hotwirecommunications.com
800-409-4733; 800-355-5668

Key Products: Residential, commercial and municipal high-speed data; network management; Wi-Fi solutions; security; whole unit/home automation; digital voice and HD IPTV video services

Summary: Hotwire Communications is a pioneering fiber broadband provider, providing fiber-based telecommunications services since 2002, and is one of the largest and oldest independent providers of fiber-to-the-premises communications solutions in the U.S. It provides services to private residential communities, condominiums, apartments, hotels, multitenant commercial buildings, government buildings, student housing, and senior and assisted living facilities. Florida-based Hotwire Communications’ network footprint reaches across Florida, Georgia, Texas, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and California, and new states are added to the company’s growing network annually. Hotwire fully owns and operates its fully redundant fiber backbone network, which is monitored 24/7/365. The company designs, builds and operates telecommunications and in-home entertainment services as a competitive local exchange carrier and franchised cable operator under its Fision brand. Hotwire offers a full suite of services including multi-gigabit internet, crystal-clear voice, HD and 4K capable IPTV, and advanced home-automation and security solutions.

In 2014, Hotwire became the first residential gigabit internet provider in Florida. In 2020, it provided a 10 Gbps symmetrical connection to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach – one of the fastest hotel connections in the world. It completed a 10 Gbps network (scalable to 100 Gbps) for the Miami Beach Convention Center and was selected to operate the municipal fiber optic network in Salisbury, North Carolina. Already operating in nearly 700 communities, it announced a partnership and new investment from Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and Blackstone Infrastructure Partners in 2021 and initiated new deployments starting in Florida. Late last year, it became the first ISP in the U.S. to deploy 25G PON equipment. The company is considered one of the best network providers for gamers, for both its high-speed services and low network latency, and was once again recognized by PCMag as the Fastest Gaming ISP and Fastest ISP in the Southeast U.S. for 2022.

“Access to high-performance fiber networks is about more than advancing an economic development agenda. For residents and businesses, it equates to opportunity, it equates to fairness, it equates to excellence.”
– Jeff Reiman, President, The Broadband Group

InfiniSys Multifamily Technology

www.rrh.com
386-236-1500

Key Products: Telecommunications network design for multifamily buildings, technology amenity engineering

Summary: Since 1990, MDU owners have called on InfiniSys, which focuses on building multifamily electronic architectures to differentiate their communities. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, the firm represents developers and property owners in negotiations with service providers and low-voltage contractors nationwide and oversees projects for financial stakeholders. As an independent technology consultant and developer, InfiniSys creates comprehensive, standards-based amenity solutions that include IoT, entertainment, access control, video surveillance, digital signage and messaging, energy management and leisure-space control systems for new and existing apartments, condominiums, student housing, senior housing, hotels, mixed-use developments and master-planned communities. The thousands of projects InfiniSys has undertaken since its inception (more than 500,000 living units) have garnered many awards for forward-thinking solutions and exceptional customer support. InfiniSys works with electronics and infrastructure manufacturers, software developers and public and private service providers to create new products and service offerings, including IoT solutions. It developed and successfully trademarked both the NetworkedApartment and SmartApartment design brands.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Community Broadband Networks Initiative

www.ilsr.org; www.MuniNetworks.org
612-276-3456

Key Products: Broadband policy research and municipal broadband advocacy

Summary: The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has a vision of thriving, diverse, equitable communities. It works to build local power to fight national control. It partners with allies across the country to create a U.S. economy driven by local priorities in a way that is accountable to people and the planet. ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks (CBN) Initiative focuses on regional policies that promote universal access to fast, affordable, reliable internet service. ILSR runs MuniNetworks.org, an essential source of information and analysis with daily stories and multimedia content that focuses on municipal and cooperative ownership structures. The ILSR CBN team also produces resources and support for community broadband advocates, including publishing reports, policy briefs, a weekly Community Broadband Bits podcast, and a YouTube livestream show called Connect This! Over the past year, the CBN team has been tracking how federal broadband funds in the American Rescue Plan Act and the recently passed Infrastructure & Investment Jobs Act are (or could be) put to use by states and local governments. Taken together, ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative has been instrumental in showing communities that controlling their broadband destinies is feasible and has the potential to improve local economies and quality of life.

Inteleconnect

www.inteleconnect.com
734-604-1563

Key Products: Service provider negotiations/contracts, RFPs/RFIs, financial feasibility plans, fiber infrastructure design

Summary: Founded in 1998 by Stephen Mayo and headquartered in Saline, Michigan, Inteleconnect, Inc. assists clients to develop and implement telecommunication strategies for master-planned communities, municipalities, colleges, universities, and mixed-use developments. Current projects/clients include ChoiceLight in South Bend, Indiana; a dark fiber network across three counties and San Diego State University on its new Mission Valley development that includes a new football stadium (replacing the former San Diego Chargers stadium); and 4,700 multifamily homes, retail, and commercial tenants. Completed projects include Avalon in Marietta, Georgia, Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Florida.

IQGeo

www.iqgeo.com
720-577-4732; 385-501-7155

Key Products: Network management geospatial software that supports enterprise sales, planning, design, construction and maintenance processes for telecom and utility operators

Summary: Telecommunications and utility operators are “building better networks” with IQGeo’s software solutions. The ability to model any network requirement, integrate every system and data source, and support field and office teams are helping operators create future networks. The company’s solutions ensure greater cross-team collaboration and process efficiency throughout the network life cycle, from planning and design to construction, operations and sales. Whether for highly competitive fiber and 5G broadband rollouts or complex utility grid modernization projects, IQGeo’s enterprise solutions and OSPInsight fiber planning and design software are proven industry leaders. The company partners with large multinationals and smaller, regional operators to deliver the digital innovation they need to increase network resilience, operational safety and business ROI.

In 2022, Centillion Solutions and Overstory became the latest members of IQGeo’s certified partner ecosystem, which provides customers with access to an increasingly diverse range of certified technology and services. IQGeo also partnered with Brightspeed to give geospatial software to the company’s multistate fiber optics network buildout later this year. Headquartered in Cambridge, England, IQGeo posted revenue of $14.8 million in 2021, up from $12.6 million in 2020. With 60,000 active users and more than 320-plus telecom and utility customers, IQGeo markets its products in North America, Europe and Japan.

Keller and Heckman

www.khlaw.com
202-434-4100

Key Products: Legal services, public policy advocacy

Summary: Keller and Heckman, founded in 1962, is an international law firm with a broad practice in regulatory law, public policy and litigation. From offices in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Boulder, Colorado; Brussels and Shanghai, it represents global companies and trade associations servicing a range of industries, including telecommunications. Keller and Heckman is a pioneer in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to solving problems and has an in-house scientific staff that works closely with the attorneys on matters of technical complexity. Baller Stokes & Lide merged into Keller and Heckman in 2020, adding its long, consistent record of supporting the use of advanced broadband to drive the development of economically strong local communities. The firm represents public, cooperative and private entities in a broad range of communications matters, both nationally and in more than 40 states.

During the last quarter of a century, the now-combined Keller and Heckman team has worked on more than 100 advanced public broadband initiatives and partnerships, including many of the leading projects in the U.S. The firm’s attorneys have also participated in most of the federal- and state-level battles involving restrictions on local internet choice, and they regularly advise clients on funding, infrastructure (poles, conduits, towers, etc.), licensing, emergency managements, cybersecurity, privacy and related matters. As founder and president of the U.S. Broadband Coalition, Jim Baller played a leading role in forging a national consensus on the need for a national broadband strategy and on the framework for such a strategy. He is also co-founder and president of the 650-member Coalition for Local Internet Choice, which works to preserve and protect the right of local governments to make the critical broadband infrastructure decisions that will affect their communities for decades to come. In-house broadband and telecom counsel and regulatory affairs personnel will benefit from the firm’s near-daily digest, at www.khlaw.com/practices/telecommunications/digest, and its telecom blog, at www.beyondtelecomlawblog.com.

KGPCo

www.kgpco.com
800-755-1950; 800-328-5142

Key Products: Equipment for wireline and wireless networks; inventory management, logistics, site development, sourcing, supply chain management

Summary: Founded in 1973, KGPCo provides network transformation and supply chain solutions for the communications industry in U.S. and Canadian markets. The company enables customers to build, optimize and transform their networks by providing a single brand to deliver a complement of network solutions. The most extensive communications product distribution and service solution provider in the U.S., KGPCo combines a suite of technical strategy and implementation services with a global logistics network and a portfolio of technology partnerships. The company’s Solution Innovation Center evaluates, designs and engineers cloud, virtualization and disaggregated solutions developed and operationalized in the live network environment. KGP’s Disaster Preparedness and Restoration Program helps telecommunication carriers and network service providers repair and rebuild networks quickly following severe weather events and other natural disasters. KGPCo is headquartered in Faribault, Minnesota.

Last Mile Communications

www.lastmile.net
239-202-2975

Key Products: Management partnering, consulting and capital-funding services

Summary: Last Mile Communications (LMC), an international telecommunications management partnering and consulting firm, offers telecom and cable customers experience across technology, sales and marketing, customer relations, finance and accounting, government and investor relations, business administration, programmer and vendor relations, and executive-level management. Altice USA, Comporium, C Spire, Liberty Global, Lumen and TDS Telecom are among its top telecom and cable clients. It also works directly with several high-profile investment and banking firms, including AIG, Argus Capital, Deutsche Bank, M/C Partners, Moorgate Securities, Morgan Stanley and UBS. LMC offers three service lines: management partnering, consulting and capital funding. LMC personnel manage the delivery of broadband services, data management and mobile communications. The company’s consulting arm provides hands-on industry expertise to private-equity investors, investment banks, institutional investors, broadband operators and telcos. It can also raise capital to start, continue and enhance the growth of broadband and telecommunications opportunities.

Several LMC clients have expanded their networks via acquisitions and targeted fiber builds. Boston Omaha Corporation, through its subsidiary FIF St. George, completed its acquisitions of InfoWest Go Fiber, fiber and fixed wireless internet service providers in St. George, Utah. The InfoWest and Go Fiber businesses provide high-speed internet services to more than 20,000 customers throughout Southern and Central Utah, Northern Arizona and Moapa Valley, Nevada. Other clients, such as C Spire, continue progressing with network builds and expansion efforts. C Spire acquired Troy Cablevision, including Union Springs Telephone Company, which provided cable TV, internet, fiber broadband, and other services to business and residential customers in Pike, Coffee, Crenshaw and Dale counties. This acquisition is part of C Spire’s broader plan to invest $500 million over the next three years to accelerate the deployment of fiber broadband internet in markets across Alabama.

Lumos Networks / NorthState

www.lumosnetworks.com; www.northstate.net
855-465-8667

Key Products: High-speed residential and business-class broadband internet, managed Wi-Fi, digital television and voice services

Summary: Lumos provides fiber internet service, whole-home Wi-Fi, voice and streaming services to nearly 200,000 homes and businesses in Virginia and North Carolina, known as NorthState. The company’s customers enjoy the fastest, symmetrical gig speeds built on a fiber optic network backed by local, expert customer care teams. In fall 2021, Lumos embarked on a bold growth plan as a stand-alone company with an equally ambitious fiber optic network expansion plan. The company is committed to supporting its entire footprint with 100 percent fiber-to-the-home access, a project that is well underway. In 2022, Lumos is expanding its fiber optic network to another 80,000 homes and businesses and launching a multi-gig, ultra-high-speed fiber internet tier, with speeds up to 2 Gbps for consumers and small businesses. A vital part of the company’s growth includes bringing fiber internet service to underserved communities through public-private partnerships, meeting a critical need at the local level.

Since late 2021, Lumos has completed or embarked on five key expansion projects: Virginia’s Alleghany Highlands (an increase of more than 12,000 fiber-capable addresses and the addition of more than 650 route miles of fiber); Waynesboro, Augusta County, Stuarts Draft, Crozet and Bedford County, Virginia (expansion to more than 12,000 homes and businesses); Greensboro, Kernersville, Oak Ridge, Walkertown, High Point, Thomasville and Randleman, North Carolina (including bringing the High Point region to being served by a nearly 100 percent fiber optic network); Alamance, Guilford, Orange and Wayne Counties, North Carolina (more than 53,000 additional families and businesses); and Orange County, North Carolina – the most significant public-private partnership in the company’s history – to bring ultra-high-speed fiber internet service to approximately 28,000 homes and businesses (10,000 of the Orange County locations currently have little or no internet service).

The areas targeted for expansion will have access to direct fiber connections to the internet at speeds the regions have never had before, helping to place the communities at the forefront of the gig economy. Once completed, the communities served by Lumos will reap the benefits of a 100 percent fiber optic network. Lumos seeks opportunities to partner with communities to bring ultra-high-speed fiber internet to additional areas. The company passionately believes that its planned expansion projects demonstrate the effectiveness of public-private partnerships to bring ultra-high-speed fiber internet service to rural communities, helping close the digital divide.

LUS Fiber

www.lusfiber.com
337-993-4237

Key Product: Municipal fiber network provider

Summary: LUS Fiber operates one of the nation’s largest municipal fiber-to-the-home networks providing internet, video and phone services, utilizing the only technology capable of delivering symmetrical speeds up to 10 Gbps to the end user. This year, LUS Fiber received $21 million from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration to build out more than 1 million feet of fiber optic cable infrastructure in the rural Louisiana communities of Church Point, Eunice, Mamou, Basile and Ville Platte, recently ranked as having the fifth-slowest average internet rate in the U.S. In addition to building out new fiber networks for its neighbors, LUS Fiber also works closely with community partners to ensure that school children have internet access for virtual learning. Most recently, it entered into a cooperative agreement with the Lafayette Parish School System and Link & Learn to install a Wi-Fi network across a test area that provides access to filtered, educational Wi-Fi for more than 1,100 students living in underserved neighborhoods. The network will run the first Wi-Fi 6 outdoor network in the U.S.

Magellan

www.magellanbroadband.com
888-960-5299

Key Products: Broadband and telecom planning, deployment and management services

Summary: Magellan partners with municipalities, tribal governments, utilities, co-ops and regional organizations to build transformational fiber, wireless and broadband networks. It provides turnkey fiber and broadband planning, engineering, grant development, implementation and construction and project management of the fastest, most technologically advanced fiber and broadband networks. Magellan serves more than 400 customers across 35 states, connecting 50 million people to the digital economy. Magellan’s projects have led to more than $1 billion of investments in broadband networks that connect more than 1,000 schools, hospitals, libraries and government facilities and pass nearly 1 million homes and businesses with fiber and wireless broadband services.

“Our shift to platform-based hardware, software and services solutions, underpinned by a unified software-defined operating system, has unlocked software-driven automation and broadband service agility for our customers and result in dramatic operational flexibility and cost savings, increased subscriber loyalty, faster time to market and increased ARPU. We are well-positioned to take advantage of a decade-long infrastructure upgrade cycle to multi-gigabit services currently evolving in our industry.”
– Charlie Vogt, CEO, DZS

MasTec North America

www.mastec.com
305-599-1800

Key Products: FTTx deployment, outside-plant cabling, engineering, inside-plant construction and installation, joint trench systems, splicing, testing, systems integration, fulfillment, maintenance

Summary: MasTec provides engineering, design, construction and maintenance services for wireline and wireless communications infrastructure, including cell tower construction, fiber optic cable installation, wireline construction and emergency maintenance services across the country. The company enhanced its workforce to meet ongoing, last-mile FTTH and upcoming 5G wireless demands. MasTec’s fiber business focuses on two initiatives: deploying high-speed services to homes mainly through fiber and building fiber backbones to support wireless backhaul and fronthaul services in anticipation of upcoming 5G network makes. Having seen what it says is a “considerable backlog related to this initiative,” MasTec expects significant growth in these areas as it goes from early-stage engineering into construction. In 2022, MasTec completed its acquisition of Henkels & McCoy Group, Inc., one of the largest utility contractors in the U.S. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, MasTec supplies crews and equipment to its customers 24/7. The company, which has nearly 22,000 employees, reported 2021 revenue of $8 billion.

Michels Power, Inc.

www.michels.us
920-583-3132

Key Products: Fiber optic network construction, including outside-plant construction, structured cabling and fiber splicing and testing

Summary: In 1983, family-owned Michels, based in Brownsville, Wisconsin, became one of the first companies to construct fiber lines. Today, Michels Power, Inc., one of the Michels Family of Companies, builds thousands of miles of fiber optic and broadband networks yearly. Michels is a full-service construction company with clients that include oil and gas, other utilities and more. It serves all sectors of the communications industry – local telephone companies, broadband and cable TV providers, schools and enterprises. The company’s construction design and management services include all inside- and outside-plant engineering phases, including plowing, trenching, splicing, terminating, testing, constructing aerial lines, directional boring, rail plowing, installing cable, conducting site work and providing FTTx solutions. In addition, it assists clients with forecasting growth, verifying existing facilities, investigating potential migration strategies and estimating the costs of numerous deployment options. Michels ranked 27th on Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 400 Contractors list this year – the 17th year it has placed in the top 100. Michels has 8,000 employees and more than 40 regional offices throughout the U.S.

Mid-State Consultants

www.mscon.com
435-623-8601

Key Products: Communications engineering services

Summary: Mid-State Consultants (MSC) provides communications engineering services for telephone, data and video networks. Since its establishment in 1963, MSC has served a broad clientele, including local exchange carriers, RBOCs, interexchange carriers, competitive access providers, ISPs, cellular operators, communities, utilities and CATV operators. Services include design and project management for FTTH projects, CAD/GIS mapping, conversion and construction supervision, growth forecasting, verification of existing facilities, investigation of potential migration strategies and cost estimates.

MSC continues to evolve. In September 2021, JSI acquired the company. JSI said that the acquisition of MSC will enhance JSI’s ability to help clients as they take advantage of new funding resources available on the federal and state levels such as the BEAD program to expand and maintain broadband networks. The acquisition of Mid-State Consultants grows the engineering capabilities that JSI began building last year. It also bolsters JSI’s solutions to serve the western United States, Alaska and Hawaii. Led by Tasos Tsolakis, CEO of JSI, Steve Kidd will remain president of Mid-State. JSI President Steve Meltzer and N-com President Dennis Wisdom will stay in their respective roles. Mid-State Consultants is headquartered in Nephi, Utah, with seven regional offices throughout the U.S.

Multilink

www.gomultilink.com
440-366-6966

Key Products: Fiber distribution and cable management solutions, connectors, splice enclosures and cabinets; MDU enclosures; raceway and pathway solutions

Summary: A manufacturer of telecommunications network components, Multilink, founded in 1983, focuses on fiber-management solutions. Multilink’s customers include independent telcos, RBOCs, utilities, local area network providers and cable MSOs. Its products are designed to meet the needs of both legacy plant and new technology applications. The company’s engineering staff works closely with customers to develop innovative designs and application-oriented products to provide cost-effective solutions. Multilink’s EB1 series is a reliable standby power supply that includes the EB1s and the new EB1LP. Both have a removable inverter module, 4-line LCD and six status LEDs that provide input, output and battery voltage status and communicate with the transponder. Recent product introductions include the Surelight H-IP, a fiber optic drop-cable solution with a field-installable application with an OptiTap-compatible connector. Based in Elyria, Ohio, Multilink is a partner in Elyria Works Now, a public/private program to train residents for high-paying manufacturing jobs. Multilink is privately owned and has 200 employees.

NEO Connect

www.neoconnect.us
970-309-3500

Key Products: Consulting, feasibility studies, grants and funding advice; design and engineering services

Summary: NEO Connect advises clients about grant and funding opportunities, acquisitions, consulting, feasibility studies and engineering services for broadband networks. Working with more than 200 local-government clients across the U.S. and Canada, it has a track record for improving broadband and building smart-city networks, allowing communities to create resilient platforms for economic development and infrastructure projects. Today, the company is helping its clients get ready to take advantage of new funding sources through federal programs such as the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. Notable projects include working with DMEA, an electric cooperative serving Colorado’s Delta and Montrose counties, to build gigabit fiber (NEO wrote the grant application and coordinated all financing efforts for $2.2 million from the state); identifying more than a dozen potential new community and state partnerships for the network NEO originally designed for Denver’s school district; and writing a feasibility study and broadband plan for a joint project for Greeley and Windsor, Colorado, surrounded by larger cities already implementing gigabit strategies. Over the past few years, NEO has helped close acquisitions and investments totaling more than $135 million in funding for three service providers. Founder and CEO Diane Kruse has 25 years of experience in the broadband industry and has served as board chair of the Fiber to the Home Council (now Fiber Broadband Association).

Network Connex

www.networkconnex.com
888-346-2591

Key Products: Design and engineering; fiber and wireless construction; fiber placement, splicing, testing and acceptance; construction management; ongoing maintenance; emergency restoration

Summary: In 2021, Network Connex purchased Advantage Engineers, which joined forces with CCSI Networks, Fairhaven Integration Services, National Technologies (NTI), Precision Design Services and VERTICOM to provide best-in-class digital communications infrastructure services to the telecom market. With more than 900 employees and seasoned professionals in all ranks, Network Connex is positioned to accelerate FTTH network deployments in communities across the country. The company’s services include design and engineering; fiber and wireless construction; fiber placement, splicing, testing, and acceptance; construction management; and ongoing maintenance for sustainable, long-term growth. Serving the telecom industry for more than 20 years, Network Connex has completed hundreds of broadband deployments connecting community anchor institutions, homes and businesses. Rural and underserved communities continue to be a focus as the company works with others to close the digital gap.

Nex-Tech

www.nex-tech.com
785-567-4281; 877-625-7872

Key Products: Internet, video, voice, mobile, home security and business services

Summary: Nex-Tech was an early FTTP pioneer, with its first fiber built in Hill City, Kansas, in 1996. Initially launched as the CLEC subsidiary of Rural Telephone Cooperative, the parent company eventually took Nex-Tech as its name. Since then, Nex-Tech has deployed fiber to more than 60 rural communities and underserved areas in Kansas. The telco continues to expand its network in rural areas of Kansas and is currently building FTTP in Great Bend, Kansas. Over its FTTP network, Nex-Tech delivers up to 1 Gbps internet speeds, streaming TV, home security, and local and long-distance phone service. Customers can also sign up for its premium Nex-Tech Premium Wi-Fi, which provides whole-home coverage starting at $6 per access point. The telco also provides business solutions, including cloud services, cloud phone, network security, managed IT, physical security and surveillance, advertising solutions and network operations monitoring. For the third consecutive year, Channel Futures ranked Nex-Tech as a leader among managed service providers. Nex-Tech’s position at No. 238 of 501 places the telecommunications company as a top rural technology provider in the field of premier global companies. Nex-Tech supports customers with stores in more than 20 locations, a full-service help desk, and a 24-hour network operations center.

Nex-Tech’s leadership continues to have an active role in FTTH and related broadband industry organizations. In January, The Fiber Broadband Association named Jimmy Todd, CEO/general manager at Nex-Tech, as the new secretary of the board for a three-year term. In addition, the FCC called Todd a Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force member. The task force will continue its work to provide advice and recommendations to the FCC on accelerating the deployment of broadband internet access service on unserved agricultural land to promote precision agriculture. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nex-Tech launched a Continuous Learning Initiative that works with schools to provide connectivity to unserved students learning at home. Headquartered in Lenora, Kansas, Nex-Tech has delivered service for more than 70 years.

Nokia Networks

www.nokia.com
888-665-4228

Key Products: Wireline and wireless network equipment, software for network management, IoT technology, cloud solutions

Summary: Nokia, headquartered in Espoo, Finland, is a major wireless and wireline network equipment provider – the largest broadband equipment supplier based outside China. It has a global presence with operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. In 2021, Nokia will be fully organized into four business groups structured around customer offerings: Mobile Networks, Network Infrastructure, Cloud and Network Services and Nokia Technologies. The fixed networks business is part of its Network Infrastructure group and includes fiber, selected wireless access and xDSL upgrades. In 2020, Nokia introduced the industry’s first 25G PON technology; it announced 100G PON over a single fiber wavelength in 2022. However, it also remains a market leader in copper technologies and has taken a leading position in the 5G (and near-5G) fixed wireless access market. The new ReefShark system-on-chip powers the new AirScale 5G portfolio. Its Quillion chipset powers next-generation fiber and copper solutions.

Many providers have been using Nokia technology to deliver 10 Gbps fiber services to end users. FP5 is Nokia’s advanced processor for service provider IP networks. For optical networks, Nokia started deploying its PSE-V coherent chipset to give customers increased performance and cost efficiency. Its submarine networks business remains the market leader. Also, in 2021, Nokia Cloud and Network Services launched for private wireless its MX Industrial Edge, a new solution category to enable on-premises processing of a host of Industry 4.0 applications and help accelerate customer digitalization plans. Its first software-as-a-service products give its communications service provider customers more flexibility. Nokia is also building a vast network covering farms in two states in India. Operating in about 130 countries, Nokia closed 2021 with revenue of about $23 billion (a third of it in North America). It averaged about 88,000 employees in 2021 (11,000 in North America), with an annual R&D budget of about $5 billion and R&D facilities in Europe, North America and Asia.

OFS

www.ofsoptics.com
888-342-3743 (inside the U.S.); 770-798-5555 (outside the U.S.)

Key Products: Optical fiber, optical fiber cable, fusion splicers, fiber management and connectivity products, network design services

Summary: OFS’s heritage, which can be traced to the original Bell Labs, includes research and development in fiber optics. Wholly owned by Furukawa Electric of Japan, OFS designs, manufactures and supplies optical fiber, fiber cable, specialty photonics and optical connectivity technology, providing solutions for outside- and inside-plant networks. Products include EZ-Bend ultra-bend-insensitive (minimum 2.5 mm bend radius) optical cables and InvisiLight solutions for nearly invisible in-MDU and in-home fiber deployments; the version introduced in 2020 uses 0.6 mm fiber strands. OFS introduced its first hollow-fiber cable for low-latency, high-speed communications early in 2020. It also introduced Rollable Ribbon cables, assemblies and new connectivity solutions for MDU and SFU applications. Its 6912-strand high-density cable, introduced in August 2020, can be deployed only 1.25 inches in diameter – and even smaller in some data center applications. The OFS professional services group designs and builds FTTx networks for MDU and SFU applications. Headquartered near Atlanta, OFS has North America, Europe and Africa facilities. For the fiscal year ending March 2021, Furukawa Electric had $7.4 billion in revenue – almost $1.5 billion was for fiber and associated products. The company had 50,000 employees worldwide as of March 2020.

Although Furukawa said in its earnings report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022 that sales volumes in its Communications Solutions segment were below the forecast due to raw material shortages, they’re more than 20 percent higher than last year. Rollable Ribbon cable sales were 1.6 times higher compared with the previous year and were a driver of overall sales growth. The company reported the Communications Segment sales were 191.3 Yen ($1.4 billion). Rollable fiber cable (mainly for outside plants) was a bright spot, accounting for a third of cable sales. The cable may be “rolled” (compacted); counts of 432, 576, 864, 1728 or 3456; optical fibers are now available in a gel-free, loose-tube cable design. To form these ribbons, individual 200-micron fibers are partially bonded at predetermined points. The 1728-fiber-count cables can be routed in the existing 1.25-inch pathway and the 3456-fiber cables will fit into 2-inch pathways. This March, OFS tested a more accurate “perimeter sensing” AcoustiSens cable, developed with NEC. It uses Rayleigh backscattering to sense intruders’ foot pressure on the deployed telecom cable.

On Trac Inc.

www.ontracinc.com
423-317-0009

Key Products: Broadband drops, splicing and installations

Summary: This national company is a proven leader in connectivity with a core focus on broadband fulfillment services such as drops, splicing and installations. On Trac was built through its founders’ unique and extensive experiences and deeply rooted convictions. These dynamics are echoed in the corporate name, On Trac, which reflects a philosophy of trust, rewards, accountability and consistency. On Trac is committed to the fiber broadband industry and serving its client partners’ best interests. The company’s service history for the past 20 years includes more than 30 specific fiber broadband deployments with variances of customer specifications on all phases and types of work. On Trac has serviced more than 1 million fiber broadband addresses nationwide with an ever-expanding footprint. This number represents current and historic client partnerships – daily, On Trac services more than 500 addresses in various operations and communities. The company understands the importance of quality, image and customer experience while fitting into the culture of its client partners. This has led to many successful public and private fiber broadband deployments.

ONUG Communications

www.onugsolutions.com
919-876-5455

Key Products: Outside-plant engineering, planning and design; project management; feasibility studies; consulting services; quality assurance; construction

Summary: ONUG Communications is approaching its 23rd year as a national engineering and design firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is relocating its headquarters to a larger facility in Raleigh to accommodate its rapid growth in the industry. Over the years, ONUG has expanded its role with major clients such as Google Fiber, AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon. Beyond working with these national providers, ONUG works on various projects for regional telcos, rural ILECs, campuses, retirement communities, local/state utilities, electrical co-ops, and municipalities such as NC-DOT and Northwest Fiberworx in Vermont. The services it provides to clients include feasibility studies, overall plans, designs and help navigating federal and state FTTH grant processes.

In 2021, ONUG planned projects that passed more than 140,000 homes with FTTH services and created innovative designs that included microtrenching for urban and rural environments. ONUG also provided pioneering techniques such as soft-scape (minimal depth and intrusion) and “no-terminal” designs. ONUG has also participated in developing fiber optic planning, small-cell predictive planning, and cellular data mining. In addition, it consulted on middle-mile projects, bringing fiber to unreached areas by utilizing significant interstates and highways for FTTx distribution by ISPs. ONUG Communications’ ongoing partnerships help contribute to its success. ONUG’s collaboration with Biarri Networks contributes to optimal efficiency in the design of FTTx, which reduces cost and increases the speed of delivery. Daniel Huffman, ONUG’s owner and president, continues to provide fiber optic training to companies across the country through his partnership with Light Brigade.

Pavlov Media

www.pavlovmedia.com
800-677-6812

Key Products: Internet, voice and IPTV video services for cities, MDUs, businesses and homes

Summary: Pavlov Media is a network provider that designs, builds, operates and supports high-speed networks for MDUs, businesses, homes and cities. Founded in 1994, Pavlov Media is the nation’s largest private provider of broadband services to off-campus student housing communities. It builds and runs networks for more than 750 MDU properties in 44 states and Canada. Pavlov Media works directly with communities on municipal fiber projects to develop and manage gigabit cities. More than 325,000 residents use the Pavlov Media network, connected to the company’s 100 Gbps national fiber backbone (with fiber routes and POP locations that bring Tier-1 capabilities to markets previously unserved by other carriers), a new 100 Gbps link between Chicago and Indianapolis, and a data center in Orlando. It has stated a goal to pass 1 million premises. In response to the pandemic, Pavlov Media upgraded school network connections to 10 Gbps to help teachers, staff and students meet online demands.

Pavlov Media is a full-service network provider, and its staff directly manages all aspects of its fiber optic connections to homes, businesses and communities. Its new headquarters in Champaign, Illinois, is home to engineers who design the networks, drill operators, field technicians and installers who wire buildings. The network operations center and customer support are there as well. Earlier this year, Pavlov named MDU broadband veteran Bryan Rader as president of MDU. Pavlov Media has a strong history of business expansion through organic acquisitions and stable investments, including IPTV software provider Singularity, Simplified Technologies and Tallahassee-based Velocity Online in 2020 and Texas provider Clarus Broadband in 2021, all expanding its presence in the MDU, business and home fiber markets.

Power & Tel

www.ptsupply.com
800-238-7514

Key Products: Electronics, inside plant, outside plant, premises equipment, services, tools and safety; key solutions: AC/DC power systems, broadband networking, data centers, fiber, OSP/FTTx, PTMI managed inventory, wireless

Summary: Power & Tel is a 59-year-old distributor headquartered on the edge of Memphis, Tennessee, one of the distribution capitals of America. The company has thousands of in-stock products ready to ship from strategically located warehouses across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Power & Tel prides itself on its history of family ownership and its ability to offer end-to-end solutions to the communications industry. Solving supply chain challenges is Power & Tel’s core strength.

PPC Broadband Inc. – A Belden Brand

www.ppc-online.com
315-431-7200; 800-800-6652

Key Products: Fiber cable and connectors, microduct, enclosures, cabinets, optical passives, optical splitters, fiber management, coaxial cable and connectors, amplifiers, hardline cable and connectors, hardware, filters, category cable and connectors, tools and more

Summary: PPC is a leading manufacturer and developer of connectivity and network optimization solutions for worldwide broadband and wireless service providers. PPC offers award-winning xTTx designs for fiber optics, construction hardware, ancillary products and more through technical leadership and innovative services. PPC continues to expand its fiber product roadmap and holds more patents in connector technology than any other company worldwide. In recent years, PPC has grown its fiber portfolio through research and development and the addition of well-known brands such as OPTERNA, SPC, Net-Tech Technology (NT2) and M2FX. This year, PPC acquired Communication Associates Inc., resulting in the addition of RF plug-in attenuators to its product portfolio. PPC also recently achieved TL 9000 certification in multiple facilities, covering most of its fiber products portfolio, including its fiber optic cables, cable assemblies, passive optical devices, enclosures and optical assemblies. PPC Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of Belden. It is headquartered in East Syracuse, New York, with two additional U.S. locations and other facilities in China, Denmark, Germany, India, Mexico, St. Kitts, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.

PLP

www.preformed.com
440-461-5200

Key Products: Fiber optic and copper splice closures, high-speed cross-connect devices, cable anchoring, control hardware systems and asset inspections

Summary: PLP is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and supplier of high-quality products and systems used to construct and maintain overhead and underground networks for the communication and energy industries. PLP’s communications segment is trusted to protect critical connections for telecommunications network operators, government agencies, and broadband service providers. PLP offers innovative communications products and services, including the COYOTE line of fiber optic closures, FIBERLIGN hardware solutions and comprehensive, drone-based asset inspections. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, PLP was founded in 1947 and has grown into a global corporation with offices and manufacturing facilities in more than 20 countries. Net sales for 2021 were $517 million.

Prysmian Group

www.prysmiangroup.com
859-572-8000; 800-713-5312

Key Products: Optical fiber and telecommunications cables

Summary: With almost 140 years of experience, sales of more than $13 billion and nearly 29,000 employees in more than 50 countries and 112 plants, Prysmian Group offers a wide range of products, services, technologies and know-how. Prysmian manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a range of optical fibers, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. In addition, it provides underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, special cables for applications in several industries and medium- and low-voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. In 2019, Prysmian debuted its 6,912-fiber MassLink Cable with FlexRibbon technology. Ribbons are rolled up and packed together in small-diameter sub-units but still provide the advantages of mass fusion splicing. Last year, the company released ezMicroduct, its smallest microduct cable with 288 fibers and an outer diameter of 8 mm. It also extended its Sirocco Extreme range of microduct cables to include its latest 576f cable, which boasts 576 fibers in a diameter of 8.2 mm.

The vendor was selected by the Mexican government-run Comisión Federal de Electricidad in 2020 to connect remote regions with high-speed broadband. Prysmian also supplies 770 km of submarine telecom cables for the Norte Conectado project awarded by Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa, a Brazilian internet provider connecting the city of Macapá to Santarém and Alenquer, which are in the north of the Amazon region. Through this strategy, Prysmian directly enables connectivity across 59 municipalities in northern Brazil, possibly extending it to other Amazonian countries. It also continues to drive fiber innovations. In 2021, Prysmian joined Nokia Bell Labs and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology to demonstrate one petabit per second transmission over an optical fiber with standard dimensions. This year, the company announced it is investing an additional $30 million to the $85 million already reported last year to increase optical fiber cable capacity and capability in plants in North America. Prysmian is headquartered in Milan, Italy.

Quantum Fiber

www.q.com
855-748-6123

Key Products: Fiber internet, voice, Wi-Fi and streaming video

Summary: Leveraging the fiber network and infrastructure from its parent company, Lumen Technologies, Quantum Fiber delivers symmetrical, subscription-based fiber internet solutions and services to residences and small businesses. In September 2020, CenturyLink rebranded under three separate entities: Lumen Technologies, CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber. CenturyLink is a legacy telecom business. Quantum Fiber is a fully digital service marketing fiber broadband services to customers in metro areas throughout the U.S., including Seattle, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Omaha, Phoenix and Minneapolis. It recently expanded its fiber network in several other cities, including Boulder, Colorado, where it is completing a fiber construction project to bring homes and businesses 1 Gbps internet service. In Springfield, Missouri, Quantum Fiber will be the anchor tenant in a citywide broadband network called SpringNet. It will build and own the final drops to connect homes and businesses in that area and provide internet services to city residents. In St. Petersburg, Florida, it will provide fiber network services in Reflection St. Pete, a new condominium community that is part of a downtown renaissance.

Transforming from CenturyLink Fiber, the Quantum Fiber Connected Communities division will work with builders, developers and property owners ready to modernize their properties with fiber and accommodate future greenfield builds. The company works with MDU and single-family home communities throughout the nation that are close to the Lumen fiber network. A vital goal of the Quantum Fiber broadband expansion is to refresh its focus on the MDU segment and Instant Internet (formerly known as CenturyLink ON), its rapid-service-provisioning platform. Following an assessment, Quantum Fiber delivers service to MDU properties via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or a combination of both, including propertywide Wi-Fi. Grand Central at the Junction, a new development in Wentzville, Missouri, is one MDU property taking advantage of Quantum Fiber’s broadband service. In 2022, Quantum’s goal is to enable 1.5 to 2 million new locations annually. Headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, Quantum Fiber’s parent company, Lumen, has about 39,000 employees and posted operating revenue of $19.69 billion in 2021.

Render Networks

www.rendernetworks.com
833-293-9013

Key Product: Network design and construction solutions

Summary: Render’s digital network construction platform enables telecommunications and utility network operators and construction teams to eliminate manual processes from construction and deploy the best possible fiber networks more efficiently than ever before. Using GIS and mobile and automation technologies, Render’s construction management platform transforms geospatial network designs into deliverable work and digitizes real-time data flow between the office and the field, delivering a new level of resource efficiency and project visibility. Render continues to evolve. Earlier this year, IFM Investors’ private equity Growth Fund acquired a majority stake in Render Networks. IFM’s A$40 million (U.S. $27.1M) investment, including growth capital, was led by Adrian Kerley and Bora Han from IFM Investors.

The Render platform has delivered broadband connectivity to more than 300,000 U.S. households and businesses, with more than 700,000 completed construction tasks. Render continues to evolve. It has successfully accelerated the delivery of fiber and wireless infrastructure to connect more than 1 million premises. Render also expanded its Network Construction Platform to include three solutions: Render Redline, Render Connect, and Render Scale – designed to reduce the time and effort required to manage all sizes and types of network builds. Significant projects include the SpringNet FTTH network in Springfield, Missouri; Craighead Electric in Jonesboro, Arkansas; open and dark fiber deployments in California; and FTTH networks in Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Customers consistently experience up to 50 percent faster build times with a 30 percent reduction in field supervision and administration costs.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Render technology enabled project administrators and construction teams across the country to navigate continuity risks and keep projects moving. The company partnered with COS Systems to optimize the end-to-end delivery of fiber and wireless networks. It also partnered with Calix to offer Calix customers premium access to the unique digital construction platform. Render was founded in 2013. Its fast-growing team is headquartered in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Melbourne, Australia.

Sertex Broadband Solutions

www.sertexbroadband.com
860-317-1006 ext. 118

Key Products: FTTx network planning, design, deployment, operation and maintenance

Summary: Sertex is an expert in fiber optic infrastructure deployment in the Northeast. The company has provided leading-edge services to telecommunication, utility and municipal customers for more than three decades. The vision of Sertex Broadband Solutions is to deploy FTTH networks in unserved and underserved areas and give gigabit-speed internet access to every home and business. The company’s model makes publicly owned/privately operated networks affordable and scalable with future-proof fiber technology. Currently, Sertex is deploying an island-wide FTTx network on Block Island in partnership with the Town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, and constructing last-mile fiber networks in Chicopee and South Hadley, Massachusetts. The company recently completed the construction of last-mile fiber networks in 15 hill towns in western Massachusetts and a communitywide municipal network in Plainville, Connecticut. Last year, town officials in Sharon, Connecticut, engaged Sertex to conduct a broadband infrastructure feasibility study for the town. Under the contract, Sertex developed a feasibility analysis with cost estimates for an open-access, FTTx broadband network to serve all residents, businesses, government agencies and emergency service providers. This year, the company began working with officials in the Town of Barkhamsted, Connecticut, to assess community interest in and costs associated with building a municipally owned fiber broadband network to connect and serve the entire town.

Smithville Communications Inc. / Smithville

www.smithville.com
812-876-2211; 800-742-4084

Key Products: High-speed internet, streaming TV, voice, home automation and security services, cloud services, IoT/big data support

Summary: Celebrating its 100th year of operations, privately owned Smithville Communications, Indiana’s most prominent independent telecom company, has 205 employees and has built out fiber to Indiana homes and businesses for more than two decades. Called the “state champion of rural broadband” by Indiana’s Lt. Governor, Smithville continues its commitment to symmetrical gigabit projects, as demonstrated by a significant fiber overbuild in Jasper last year. The company also continues to expand its gigabit fiber operations out of its Ellettsville headquarters near Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.

Leveraging significant private investments with catalytic funds from Indiana’s rural Next Level Connections Broadband Grant program, Smithville is bringing high-speed fiber connectivity to north-central Indiana near Sharpsville and an area of rural Monroe County. The Monroe project is part of a continuing larger initiative with the South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Cooperative (REMC). The partnership accelerates the delivery of fiber internet within the companies’ common service areas. The project is on track to be completed by June 2023.

Smithville’s plans to accelerate fiber deployments in its continuing partnership with the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC, where the two companies participate in a joint fiber construction project slated to wrap up by the end of 2022. Smithville continues to see residential growth through “best speed available” residential service offerings with no data caps. Smithville regularly invests in upgrading its legacy copper areas with fiber-to-the-cabinet initiatives to enhance speeds and capacity in rural areas. Well known for its locally sourced customer service, in 2021 Smithville planned and launched a customer experience initiative to raise its already-high service bar.

Sonic

www.sonic.com
888-766-4233

Key Products: 10-gig fiber internet access for homes and businesses, voice service, co-location, business networking

Summary: Based in the North Bay region, Sonic is the largest independent internet service provider in California and has delivered internet and phone service to homes and businesses for more than 27 years. Sonic was founded on the belief that access to fast, reliable, affordable internet should be available to everyone. It is committed to building a wholly owned fiber optic network within business and residential communities. Sonic’s pricing is unusual – in 2022, it began offering unlimited, uncapped, symmetrical 10-gigabit fiber internet service starting at $39.99 per month, making it the fastest, most affordable internet in the U.S. With its ongoing FTTH expansions, Sonic enhanced its product set by offering a powerful, whole-home Wi-Fi solution to improve performance.

In 2021, Sonic doubled its fiber network throughout the Bay Area, expanding within the East Bay, North Bay, Peninsula and South Bay. Sonic has won Consumer Reports’ 2021 Best Overall Internet Service Provider and PCMag.com’s Best Gaming ISP for 2022.

Superior Essex

www.superioressex.com
770-657-6000

Key Products: Premises and outside-plant fiber and copper cable products

Summary: Superior Essex designs, manufactures and supplies a large selection of premises and outside-plant fiber optic, copper, and hybrid cable products. The company provides cable products to many of the largest service providers, and its cable products are installed in thousands of enterprises worldwide. Its cables enable 5G and broadband networks and distributed antenna systems. Superior Essex has a co-development and marketing alliance with Legrand North America, a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, called nCompass Systems, to create a suite of structured cabling systems. The company recently launched three lines of OSP hybrid cables, putting fiber and copper under one jacket to provide electrical power and high-quality data transmission.

TDS Telecom

www.tdstelecom.com; www.tdsfiber.com
866-571-6662

Key Products: Internet access, phone and TV services

Summary: TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment and phone services to more than 1,100 rural, suburban and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber and new technologies, TDS delivers up to 2 Gbps internet speeds and offers IPTV entertainment solutions and traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking and hosted-managed services. Over the past year, TDS has continued to extend its FTTH footprint across multiple states it serves in the Midwest and New England. The service provider is also enhancing its state regulatory broadband efforts by naming Angie Dickison manager of State Government Affairs. She led statewide broadband offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin and specialized in securing broadband for underserved rural areas.

Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, TDS Telecom employs 3,100 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., a Fortune 1000 company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provided wireless, broadband, video and voice and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom and OneNeck IT Solutions. Telephone and Data Systems, the parent company of TDS Telecom, has been named to several Forbes lists, including America’s Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers and Best Employers for Women. TDS Telecom’s operating revenue for 2021 surpassed $1 billion.

The Broadband Group / TBG Network Services

www.broadbandgroup.com
702-405-7000

Key Products: Telecommunications master planning, network design and engineering, financial modeling, construction management

Summary: Founded in 1997, The Broadband Group (TBG) is a wired and wireless broadband consulting and advisory firm based in Las Vegas with offices in Denver. For more than 25 years, TBG has developed business plans, engineering design and network specifications, investment-grade financial models and sustainable deployment strategies for utilities, co-ops, master-planned communities, municipalities and service providers that seek to facilitate or deliver fiber broadband networks and related services. TBG’s wholly owned subsidiary, TBG Network Services (TBGNS), provides network construction management and oversight. In Huntsville, Alabama, TBGNS completed the Huntsville Utilities 966-mile, citywide, dark fiber network. In 2022, TBGNS will complete the City Utilities (Springfield, Missouri) 1,000-mile, citywide, dark fiber network. In summer 2022, TBG’s client Colorado Springs Utilities begins deploying its 2,000-plus-mile citywide fiber network, one of its largest fiber networks for a municipally owned utility. Large-scale, master-planned communities around the U.S. call on TBG to create technology master plans that position wired and wireless connectivity as differentiated amenities.

Ting

www.ting.com/internet
855-846-4626

Key Products: Gigabit internet access, video service

Summary: Ting, a business of Tucows – a global internet services leader –first launched its FTTH business with a bang in December 2014 when it acquired Blue Ridge InternetWorks, a competitive fiber provider in Charlottesville, Virginia. Committed to improving fiber infrastructure and connectivity, Ting has rapidly expanded its national footprint, working closely with local municipalities across the country. Today, the company proudly operates in 14 markets throughout California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. A large part of the company’s ethos is genuine community partnership and engagement. In each “Ting Town,” Ting works closely with community stakeholders and organizations to implement a variety of give-back and digital equity and inclusion programs. This includes everything from sponsoring local sports teams to installing free, public Wi-Fi hot spots, which were first implemented in April 2020 to ensure reliable internet access for everyone during the pandemic.

Recently, Ting announced it would be the initial anchor tenant on Colorado Springs Utilities’ new citywide fiber network. This network is expected to pass more than 200,000 addresses and mark Ting’s largest city. Ting recently announced its network build in Aurora, Colorado, and Alexandria, Virginia, which will be vital to improving local infrastructure and connectivity for residents and businesses. Elliot Noss, Ting’s CEO, has been a leader in the industry for many decades, and Jill Szuchmacher, the company’s chief strategy officer and executive vice president of networks and the former vice president of operations at Google, was brought on in 2020 to lead construction builds and guide the transition from coax to fiber. Tucows reported that net revenue in the first quarter of 2022 rose 14 percent to $81.1 million.

TVC Communications

www.tvcinc.com
888-644-6075

Key Products: Broadband electronics, connectivity products, outside-plant hardware, test equipment, fabric innerduct, conduit technology

Summary: TVC Communications, a division of WESCO, is a value-added distributor that stocks and same-day ships FTTx products and facilitates planning, launching and deploying fiber networks in broadband and utility markets. TVC provides supply-chain solutions for operators, utilities and municipalities launching fiber networks, including turnkey project development, materials management, financial modeling, marketing for increased awareness/take rate and project launch team and support.

The company’s brands include MaxCell (www.maxcellinnerduct.com), the flexible fabric innerduct that allows increased cable density in a conduit while preserving space for future bandwidth expansion. MaxCell’s unique fabric construction conforms to the cables placed within it, significantly reducing wasted space compared with rigid innerduct. Available in sizes to fit all conduits, MaxCell adds pathways quickly and is installed efficiently and cost-effectively. MaxSpace is a no-dig conduit space recovery solution designed to safely remove rigid innerduct from around active fiber cables with little to no load on the cable and no interruption of service. MaxCell’s new Data Center Edge is a Hyperscale fabric innerduct solution designed to safely install high-value, high-density, pre-connectorized fiber cabling in conduit-based network infrastructure. Introduced earlier this year, MaxWrap is a new OSP fabric mesh solution applied around the cable as it is pulled into the conduit and eliminates the need for a two-step cable pulling process.

United Communications

www.united.net
800-779-2227

Key Products: Business and Residential Internet, Phone and Digital TV

Summary:  United Communications offers high-speed internet via fiber and fixed wireless and serves the Middle Tennessee region. The company is a subsidiary of Middle Tennessee Electric and partners with them to build out their network in unserved communities. Their mission for broadband deployment to underserved areas is also aided by a recent partnership with Duck River Electric. In addition, United has achieved and maintained one of the industry’s highest customer satisfaction NPS ratings and Google reviews. Operating approximately 1,700 route miles of fiber, United is recognized as a Smart Rural Community Provider, a top “Fastest Internet Service Provider” by BroadbandNow, and the winner of the 2021 Broadband Communities Cornerstone Award, which honors the most notable deployments of Fiber-to-the-Home in the U.S. and abroad.

USTC Corp

www.ustc-corp.com
833-878-2267

Key Products: Telecom materials distribution and supply chain management solutions

Summary: USTC Corp is a one-stop shop for all materials, distribution and supply chain management solutions for telecommunications, HFC, FTTH and FTTx technologies. Founded in 2017 by CEO and chairman of the board, Cédric Varasteh, and headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, with expanded operations in Dallas, Texas, USTC Corp is a trusted partner for all technical and logistics expertise with extensive broadband fiber network experience. Last year, USTC Corp appointed CommScope veteran Tom McLaughlin as the new president to help the company expand across North America. The company acquired Walker and Associates, allowing it to further expand its footprint and customer base in the U.S. It also acquired Comstar Supply Inc., a national distributor of extraneous plant material and equipment for the broadband industry. With this transaction, USTC Corp now operates seven distribution locations in the U.S., with plans to significantly grow its service territory and customer base. With flexible delivery models, a plug-and-play approach and a modular set of value-added services, USTC Corp believes customers deserve customization. The company has more than 200 employees across three facilities in the U.S.

UTOPIA Fiber

www.utopiafiber.com
801-613-3880

Key Products: Open-access network services

Summary: Owned by 11 Utah cities, UTOPIA Fiber continues its growth inside and outside of Utah. UTOPIA Fiber recently announced it completed its FTTP build in West Valley City, Utah, making West Valley the second-largest all-fiber city in the U.S. and the nation’s largest open-access city. UTOPIA also added Cedar Hills City and expanded into Santa Clara in the southern part of the state, which became UTOPIA’s 19th member city. UTOPIA Fiber grew its reach outside of Utah, inking a partnership with Yellowstone Fiber in Gallatin County, Montana, where work is underway to build a $65 million network in the City of Bozeman and environs. Last fall, Golden State Connect Authority announced it had inked a memorandum of understanding with UTOPIA Fiber to be an operational partner in a 39-county open-access project in California, the largest municipal project in the nation.

Since last year’s Top 100 list, the team at UTOPIA Fiber has entirely built out three cities (Murray, West Valley City and Midvale, Utah). UTOPIA Fiber also broke ground on an all-fiber network in Syracuse City and Pleasant Grove, Utah. It continues its operational partnership with Idaho Falls Fiber, now Idaho’s largest open-access network. On the service provider side, ConnectFast became the 16th residential provider on the UTOPIA network. Since the agency’s 2009 turnaround, it has successfully designed, built and operated nearly $400 million worth of fiber projects throughout Utah (bonded through its sister agency Utah Infrastructure Agency), all of which have been funded entirely through subscriber revenue.

Vantage Point Solutions

www.vantagepnt.com
605-995-1777

Key Products: Broadband engineering and consulting services, including feasibility studies, network design, help with grant applications, engineering and deployment

Summary: Based in Mitchell, South Dakota, employee-owned Vantage Point Solutions (VPS) provides engineering, legal and consulting services to wireless and wireline broadband providers. Vantage Point’s professional engineering capabilities, financial and technical expertise, and regulatory knowledge enable it to design advanced, economically viable solutions customized for each client. With more than 400 employees and hundreds of clients across the country and internationally, VPS helps clients during nearly every step of broadband network development and operation, from concept to cutover. Services include feasibility studies, network design, engineering, and deployment; regulatory advice; financial and business analysis; municipal code review and development; and network maintenance and security. VPS is often called upon to help clients shape grant applications. VPS also provides analysis and recommendations for clients participating in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund program. Since VPS was founded in 2002, its clients have secured $2.4 billion in federal wireless spectrum as well as other related broadband loan and grant awards, including about $700 million in the past year. Aside from its headquarters, VPS has offices in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Portland, Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; and Springfield, Illinois.

Verizon Communications / Verizon Enhanced Communities

www.verizon.com; www.verizon.com/communities

Key Products: Internet, video and digital voice services

Summary: Verizon, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, provides converged communications, information and entertainment services in 150 countries. Verizon Consumer’s wireline services are provided in nine states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. and Washington, D.C., over a fiber optic network through the Verizon Fios product portfolio and, where Fios is unavailable, over a traditional copper-based network. Verizon Enhanced Communities works with property owners, property managers and businesses to serve multifamily residential, multitenant commercial, and mixed-use communities with high-bandwidth internet, TV and phone services. Verizon also made efforts to alleviate the economic hardship some of its customers experienced as a result of the coronavirus: New Fios customers who qualify for the low-income Lifeline discount program receive a $20 per month discount on their home internet service for as long as they remain eligible for the program, bringing the cost to as low as $19.99 per month for 200/200 Mbps internet with no data caps.

Earlier this year, Verizon announced that for the first time, it is offering free internet through its Fios Forward program to customers who qualify for the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). With Fios Forward and ACP, qualifying customers will have access to premium, high-speed internet (with speeds starting at 200 Mbps for downloads and uploads) without data caps, extra fees or router costs, helping them maintain connectivity for virtual learning, remote work, telehealth visits and more. Verizon participates in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. The telco made all current Fios Mix & Match plans eligible for participants in the EBB program. Verizon also offers customers on legacy Fios plans (no longer on the market today) the ability to enroll in EBB. In 2021, the Consumer segment’s revenues were $95.3 billion, an increase of 7.6 percent compared with the year ended December 31, 2020. A Dow 30 company with $133.6 billion in 2021 revenues, Verizon employed approximately 118,400 people at the end of 2021.

Vermeer Corporation

www.vermeer.com
641-628-3141; 888-837-6337

Key Products: Horizontal directional drilling equipment, utility and pedestrian trenchers and plows

Summary: Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, privately owned Vermeer manufactures underground installation equipment, including horizontal directional drills, trenchers, rock wheels, plows and vacuum excavators, many in a range of sizes – from enormous to lawnmower-size trenchers that one worker can handle. The company started in fiber optic installation in 1991, when it launched the Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) product line. Vermeer HDD products can install communications lines underground without excavating or trenching, minimizing environmental disruption and helping reduce fiber deployment labor costs. The company offers a microtrenching system that allows the installation of fiber lines in a roadway in one quick pass.

Recent introductions include the SPX25 remote-controlled vibratory plow, used for installing small pipes and cables at depths up to 12 inches and for boring underneath driveways and sidewalks using an optional attachment. In 2021, Vermeer expanded its horizontal directional drilling tooling options with the Ultra X3 Drilling System for utility-sized rigs; it has a unique, non-torqued spline connection system and accepts a wide range of pilot bit and pullback configurations. Tool swaps are quick, with two knockout dowel pins. Reaming directly from the transmitter housing is possible, and some tools no longer require starter rods and adapters. Several years ago, Vermeer expanded its line of vacuum excavators, including models for urban deployments. The RTX1250i2 ride-on tractor, widely used for microtrenching, was updated with easier tool changing, optional remote control and eco-friendly features.

VertiGIS

www.vertigis.com

Key Products: Software for visual operations, workforce management and service assurance

Summary: In June 2020, Mapcom Systems was acquired by VertiGIS, a geographic information systems solution provider and software developer. VertiGIS offers a visualization-based approach to FTTH operations and management. Its M4 Solutions Suite encompasses the FTTH life cycle, from PON or active network design and feasibility analysis through day-to-day plant/facility assignment and network maintenance and management. It maps both outside and inside plant at physical and logical levels. Providers use the M4 Solutions Suite to model their networks and service areas, integrating and correlating data from billing, accounting, GPS tracking, element management, network monitoring and vehicle-tracking applications in a visual interface. Using the suite with M4 Workforce and M4 Process Manager technology, staff can communicate via mobile devices to handle trouble tickets, service orders, field locations and permitting. Last year, Beacon Broadband and SEI Fiber began implementing VertiGIS’s M4 Solutions Suite, and Ritter Communications chose M4 as its broadband network system of record. In 2020, VertiGIS clients received more than $80 million in the second round of broadband funding from the USDA’s ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with a staff of more than 100, VertiGIS has worked since 1971 with independents, cooperatives, fiber communities and campus telecommunications providers across the U.S., Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.

VETRO FiberMap

www.vetrofibermap.com
207-221-6627

Key Products: Fiber mapping software and service

Summary: VETRO is a network asset management software company delivering internet infrastructure intelligence through a unique mapping platform. VETRO software makes it simpler and faster for broadband providers to plan, design, build and operate their fiber optic networks. The company’s map-based SaaS platform is easier and more potent than traditional tools. It enables network owners, operators, and sponsors to benefit from a modern, integrated and connected digital hub for their physical network assets. VETRO enables better connectivity for all and delivers disruptive digital transformation for all communications service providers. This year, VETRO partnered with ConnectMaine, Tilson and CostQuest Associates (CQA) to secure a $28 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to fund fiber builds in rural communities in Maine. VETRO has joined CQA to support the California Public Utilities Commission’s $6 billion multiyear investment to expand broadband infrastructure. VETRO’s Broadband Intelligence Platform will be the platform of record for broadband analytics and program management. VETRO is a privately owned company headquartered in Portland, Maine.

VIAVI Solutions

www.viavisolutions.com
408-404-3600

Key Products: Field and lab broadband test equipment, network monitoring systems, network performance monitoring, diagnostic solutions

Summary: VIAVI Solutions has served the communications industry for nearly 100 years. The company provides construction, installation, testing, assurance, monitoring and optimization solutions for broadband communications service providers, cable operators, mobile service providers, network equipment manufacturers, hyper-scale ecosystems, contractors, governments, data centers and enterprises. It offers test and measurement solutions for all gigabit internet technologies, including GPON, DOCSIS, G.fast, Wi-Fi and 5G. VIAVI claims numerous firsts, such as the telecom industry’s first 400 Gbps test platform, the industry’s first PON power meter solution for NG-PON2 deployments, the first complete open-radio access network (O-RAN) test suite for 5G and the first fully integrated test product for pluggable 800G transceivers that use 100G electrical lane speed, introduced in May 2021. VIAVI continues to enhance its product line, introducing new or revised products several times a month.

Among the recent announcements are the Fusion JMEP 10 Smart SFP+, which enables monitoring of next-generation backhaul, broadband access, and business services; a new instrument programming tool (VIP Tool); and a new optical fiber meter for “right the first time” installs and automation to identify and certify DWDM or hybrid CWDM/DWDM networks. Last year, Openreach selected the VIAVI optical network monitoring system to accelerate its full fiber broadband deployment and enhance the quality of its build and experience for customers across the U.K. This year, the company announced the launch of FiberComplete PRO, a fiber test solution with a suite of capabilities that replaces six test instruments. For the fiscal year 2021, VIAVI reported net revenue of $1.2 billion and employed 3,600 employees, of whom about 1,000 were in R&D. VIAVI is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Y-COM

www.ycominc.com
321-723-6025

Key Products: Underground and aerial construction, directional boring, fiber installation, and emergency maintenance and response

Summary: Y-COM has had a long history of serving the broadband and utility industry. Founded in 1972 as a contractor for wiring CATV/TV coaxial cable lines as Young’s TV Cable, Y-COM operates as a super-regional provider of infrastructure services to the telecommunications, utility and power sectors. The company offers its customers a full suite of capabilities, including underground, aerial and emergency services. In 2022, Melbourne, Florida–based Y-COM was purchased by Grain Management, a private investment firm focused on broadband infrastructure and technology companies. Y-COM provides infrastructure services to the telecommunications and utility industries in the Southeast. As a family-owned and operated business providing mission-critical solutions to telecommunications and utility providers, Y-COM specializes in underground and aerial construction, directional boring, fiber installation and emergency maintenance and response. It has three main divisions: utilities, telecom and power.

The company continues to grow its business, making three acquisitions over the past year – Atlantic Engineering Group (AEG), Borecomm and Fiber Optic Services (FOS) – further bolstering its capabilities. By acquiring AEG, Y-COM gains a company with a deep FTTH buildout experience. AEG has serviced communities in 32 states across the U.S. and 11 countries globally, designing, constructing and managing fiber optic network solutions and aiding clients in engineering and deploying FTTH networks. Y-COM’s acquisition of Fiber Optic Services enhances its technical services suite for fiber providers. FOS has performed more than 4.2 million fusion splices on over 18.5 million fiber miles of cable. The business provides services for telecommunications, CATV, power utility, fiber-to-the-premises, and other applications. Finally, Borecomm will give Y-COM more underground telecom construction expertise. As the third acquisition for Y-COM since Grain acquired the business last year, Melbourne, Florida–based Borecomm focuses on FTTH construction, using specialized assets, equipment, and a skilled team to meet growing network service needs in the region’s residential market.

Zyxel Communications

www.zyxel.com
714-632-0882; 800-255-4101

Key Products: Gigabit home gateways and other customer-premises equipment, mesh Wi-Fi systems, Ethernet switches, security

Summary: Zyxel has been a trusted brand in IP technology and innovation for the past three decades specializing in DSL broadband gateways, LTE and home connectivity solutions for service providers. Zyxel is headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, with U.S. headquarters in Anaheim, California. It is comprised of knowledgeable engineers and executives who offer local services and support. Recent Zyxel solutions for FTTH and FTTN include an advanced security gateway for service message blocks, a high-performance gateway for ISPs, an enhanced Nebula cloud management solution, and the CBRS and multiband outdoor routers for fixed wireless access.

In 2021, Zyxel launched a web-managed multi-gigabit switch for homes and offices. The company also partnered with Wyrestorm, which has added Zyxel’s portfolio of networked, AV-enabled switches to its NetworkHD Series of AV over IP solutions. Zyxel has also been working with Affinegy, a hardware-independent, standards-based device management software recently acquired by NISC, to provide an automated, turnkey reporting service that broadband operators can use to satisfy Connect America Fund reporting requirements. Last year, Zyxel launched its portfolio of 10G PON ONT solutions. This product line includes three new products: a Wi-Fi 6 XGS-PON VoIP gateway ONT, an XGS-PON VoIP bridge ONT with 10G LAN, and the XGS-PON SFP+ ONT. Zyxel has been named a Common Vulnerability and Exposure Numbering Authority (CNA), joining an elite group of vendors recognized by the CVE Program and strengthening its security reporting moving forward. Orange County Register Top Workplaces awarded the company a Top Workplaces 2021 honor.

2021 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2021

“Building a Fiber-Connected World” is the tagline of Broadband Communities magazine, and each year the Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100 list recognizes organizations that lead the way in this endeavor.

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment in the U.S. is beginning to outpace legacy copper broadband, a trend impacting service providers and their vendor suppliers.

RVA LLC’s 2021 North American FTTH forecast predicts U.S. FTTH investment of more than $60 billion in the next five years. A large portion will be used to make fiber available to new homes for the first time, but some will be allocated to create fiber competition for homes that already have a fiber provider.

RVA said this latest FTTH investment cycle is driven by several factors: providing the best consumer user experience versus other broadband delivery methods such as cable coax, telecom DSL, wireless or satellite in terms of reliability; speed (upstream and downstream); and latency. For service providers, FTTH has the advantage of lowering operational costs and decreasing churn.

Service providers of all sizes are taking advantage of the FTTH opportunity, going all in. The three largest telcos – AT&T, Verizon and Quantum Fiber (formerly CenturyLink) – are expanding their FTTH footprints.

AT&T aims to more than double its fiber footprint in the coming years to reach 30 million customer locations by the end of 2025. Quantum Fiber exited the first quarter with about 2.5 million homes enabled with fiber and 715,000 broadband customers on fiber.

Smaller telcos, such as Consolidated Communications, Lumos Networks/NorthState and Smithville, are no less aggressive with FTTH. After securing a $425 million investment from Searchlight Capital Partners, Consolidated is enhancing its fiber infrastructure. It also has been actively pursuing public-private partnerships with several towns in Maine and New Hampshire to build out FTTH services. Lumos Networks/NorthState, which leverages the financial backing of its parent, EQT, set a goal to connect thousands of new homes and businesses. Meanwhile, Smithville is expanding FTTH organically and has struck partnerships with various electric cooperatives, including the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC (UDWI) and SCI REMC, an Indiana rural electric cooperative.

Outside the domain of incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), cable operators and competitors also are making progress. Cable multiple-system operator Altice USA has a plan to extend fiber to 500,000 homes this year. Meanwhile, Charter Communications, one of the big winners in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction, will bring FTTH to rural communities.

As more providers expand their FTTH footprints, they are adopting XGS-PON, a technology to offer symmetrical 10 Gbps FTTH services. Research firm Dell’Oro Group noted that total global revenue for the broadband access equipment market rose $3.3 billion in the first quarter of 2021, up 18 percent year-over-year. Growth came from spending on PON OLT ports, particularly 10 Gbps PON technologies.

Industry research firm Broadband Trends reports that in addition to offering symmetrical services, service providers can offer an array of business/enterprise services and provide connectivity for key applications, such as remote education, telehealth and teleworking. What’s more, 10G symmetrical fiber networks can be used for mobile backhaul/fronthaul and the aggregation of remote access node traffic in support of accelerating 5G mobile service deployments.

It’s no wonder the industry is expanding and the number of companies competing for the Top 100 slots continues to grow. That’s great for the country, even if it makes life difficult for the editors who assemble this list.

The 2021 FTTH Top 100 list represents the whole fiber-to-the-home 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. The 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 those that make equipment for digging, pushing, pulling and attaching fiber. These, too, are represented on the list. Also included are several organizations that advocate for better broadband.

Finally, there would not be any fiber to the home if not for the deployers – large and small, private and public, incumbent and competitive – that invest in FTTH networks.

Companies newly added or reinstated to the list represent a variety of ecosystem niches.

Two of the new entrants, Greenlight Networks and LUS Fiber, are emerging regional FTTH competitive players. Founded in 2011, Greenlight Networks began offering 1 Gbps FTTH internet service in 2012 in the Rochester area of New York state. After the company was purchased by local billionaire businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano in 2018, Greenlight began to rapidly expand across the west side of the Genesee River market and expand its workforce.

Like other regional electric utilities, Lafayette Utilities System (LUS, the municipally owned utilities company in Lafayette, Louisiana) chose to upgrade the outdated microwave system for connecting its substations with fiber. Later, LUS Fiber became one of the first municipally owned companies to provide FTTH services in the state of Louisiana, and one of the first municipally owned FTTH companies in the country. It offers broadband speeds ranging from 3 Mbps to 10 Gbps and phone and video services.

Rejoining the list this year is DZS. Formerly known as DASAN-Zhone, DZS is repositioning its presence in the U.S. After naming telecom veteran Charlie Vogt as CEO, DZS has been expanding its broadband and optical portfolio via acquisitions of other vendors, such as Optelian.

Besides the new entrants, a handful of companies either have changed names or were acquired. BHC Rhodes is now BHC. In September 2020, CenturyLink rebranded under three separate entities: Lumen Technologies, CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber. (CenturyLink is the legacy telecom business and Quantum Fiber delivers fiber internet to residents and small businesses. Lumen will provide enterprise business services.) Meanwhile, the law firm Baller, Stokes & Lide became Keller and Heckman and OSPInsight was folded into the geospatial software company IQGeo following acquisitions.

Selection Criteria

In selecting the FTTH Top 100, the editors looked for organizations that advance the cause of fiber-based broadband by

  • Deploying networks that are large or ambitious, have innovative business plans, or are intended to transform local economies or improve communities’ quality of life
  • Supplying key hardware, software or services to deployers
  • Introducing innovative technologies with game-changing potential, even if they have not yet been commercially deployed
  • Providing key conditions for fiber builds, such as advocacy or demand aggregation

To be listed among the FTTH Top 100, an organization may be based anywhere in the world but must do business in North America. Except for broadband service providers, which inherently are local, we give preference to organizations that serve national rather than local markets. Overall size is unimportant, as is corporate form – in addition to for-profit companies, the list includes municipalities, a telephone cooperative, an electric cooperative and a nonprofit research organization.

Although some organizations on the list focus entirely on fiber to the premises (FTTP) or other fiber-based broadband technologies, most deliver or support a mix of broadband technologies. For some, broadband represents only a small part of their business. In making these selections, the editors considered how important the organizations are to advancing fiber broadband rather than how important fiber broadband is to them.

TOP 100 AT A GLANCE

Network Planning, Systems Integration, Design, Engineering, Construction, Installation
Fiber and Fiber Cable
Network Testing, Monitoring and Management Services
Network Management Solutions
Fiber-to-the-Home Electronics
Test and Measurement Equipment
Optical LAN Solutions
Distributors of Fiber Optic Products
Network Planning and Design Solutions
Passive Components for FTTH Networks
Network Deployers and Service Providers
FTTH Construction Equipment

The FTTH Top 100 list was researched by Marianne Cotter, Rachel Ellner and Kassandra Kania and overseen by editor-in-chief Sean Buckley. To nominate a company for next year’s FTTH Top 100, email sean@bbcmag.com.

FIBER-TO-THE-HOME TOP 100 LIST

 

 

3-GIS

www.3-gis.com
256-560-0744

Key Products: Web-based tools and services for mapping, network design and management

Summary: 3-GIS software and services provide anywhere, anytime access, geospatial data and mapping, visibility of network connections and logic, an adaptable data model, and enterprise data access through a configurable interface. Customers range from traditional private companies and municipal utilities to college campuses. 3-GIS recently began marketing its asset management solutions to successful bidders in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) program.

Applications include 3-GIS | Web, a browser-based application that provides asset editing and connection management functionalities; 3-GIS | Mobile, an Android-based mobile application allowing users to put network data directly into the hands of work crews in the field, syncing with the server upon establishing internet connection; 3-GIS | Admin, a browser-based configuration console for web and mobile, allowing system administrators to create systems of rules and guidelines that define access and use of software; and Prospector, an extension tool for automating network planning and design.

The company also provides various support services, including design automation, data conversion and project management. 3-GIS | Augmented Design Services (ADS) provides a team of fiber network engineers, OSP engineers, project managers, GIS and database experts, and software developers to assist network planning and operations. The company’s offices are in Decatur, Alabama, and Tampa, Florida, with development, design services, product support and project management in Bern, Switzerland.

ACRS

www.acrsokc.com
405-843-9966

Key Products: Broadband engineering and consulting, construction management

Summary: Established in 1987, ACRS provides turnkey engineering and consulting to rural telcos, cable TV operators, wireless ISPs, competitive providers, electric co-ops, municipalities, Native American tribes and large carriers across the U.S. Services include feasibility studies, financing acquisition, regulatory consulting (FCC licensing, CLEC and ETC filings and state corporation commission filings and testimony), detailed engineering, construction management and acceptance testing. ACRS has extensive experience in acquiring RUS broadband loans and grants and competitive Connect America Fund awards for its clients, including four grants in late 2019. The grants, totaling $10 million, will help fund various FTTH and wireless broadband projects in Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

ACRS engineered the first full-motion, distance learning network in the U.S. and the first FTTH system in Oklahoma. Recent projects include several FTTH networks for electric co-ops, including Northeast Rural Services (Bolt Fiber Optic) and Valley Electric Association, a winner of a Broadband Communities Cornerstone Award. ACRS is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and has about 50 employees.

Adams Telephone Co-Operative / CheckPoint Solutions

www.adams.net; www.checkpointsolutions.net
217-214-2774

Key Products: Consulting services for FTTH deployers, including opportunity assessment software, support and systems automation

Summary: Adams Telephone Co-Operative, a member-owned telco in Illinois, has deployed fiber for more than a decade. All the premises in its traditional service area have access to fiber broadband, making it 100 percent FTTH, and its Adams Fiber subsidiary continues to build out fiber as a competitive provider in nearby towns. With almost 2,900 miles of fiber deployed and a set of well-developed processes and in-house software tools for deployment, Adams now serves 30 communities with FTTH, focusing on places where there was previously little or no coverage.

In June 2020, Adams Fiber was awarded more than $4.9 million from the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program. This grant will cover roughly 50 percent of a $10 million total expansion project Adams has committed to in underserved local communities in Adams and Brown Counties. This broadband access deployment, which was slated to begin in Spring of 2021, will serve about 1,106 households, businesses, farms and anchor institutions in rural areas east of Quincy. The rural communities of Columbus, Payson, Richfield, Kingston, Liberty, Timewell and Adams will all benefit from this broadband access build. Burton will also benefit.

Adams now applies its experience and customer service spirit to help other rural providers plan and build their own FTTH networks. The company formed a new subsidiary, CheckPoint Solutions, in 2016, to share its expertise with other small companies that wanted to build FTTH in underserved communities and guide them through a software-developed automation process from beginning to end. CheckPoint Solutions counts several other independent companies as clients, such as Loretto Telecom and Green Hills Communications, and has been responsible for helping telcos and utility companies from coast to coast successfully build thousands of fiberhoods across the U.S. at more than 2.8 million service addresses. CheckPoint Solutions transitions raw data to actionable intelligence, fueling efficiency through automation, growth through demand generation and employee empowerment, and expansion through strategic direction and faster ROI. The CheckPoint Solutions platform is specifically designed to meet the needs of broadband providers deploying next-generation services. From the initial planning, through designing, building, selling, managing and driving growth, CheckPoint serves as a single point of operational coordination. Adams Telephone Co-Operative, founded in 1952 and based in Golden, Illinois, has 115 employees.

ADTRAN

www.adtran.com
256-963-8000

Key Products: FTTH, FTTN and FTTdp solutions; software-defined access; subscriber experience; network modernization and management; system integration

Summary: ADTRAN is a global supplier of next-generation broadband access solutions for residential, enterprise and mobile services markets served by cable MSOs, telecom service providers, municipalities, utilities and electric co-ops. The ADTRAN Total Access 5000 multiservice platform is a widely deployed solution supporting thousands of gigabit communities in North America. In addition, ADTRAN’s next-generation 10 Gbps FTTH technologies allow operators to double the lives of their fiber optic distribution networks while lowering operational expenses by supporting enterprise and residential customers on the same network. These solutions are complemented by a full suite of subscriber experience, network modernization and system integration services and a pool of next-generation alliance partners.

ADTRAN has bolstered its FTTH and 10G presence with ILEC and electric cooperative customers. Lumos Networks is leveraging ADTRAN’s 10G fiber access portfolio to deploy 10G fiber services for small-business customers. United Cooperative Services (UCS) selected ADTRAN to deliver multi-gigabit services to the electric cooperative’s membership in 14 counties across North Texas. In the U.K., Openreach will use ADTRAN’s SDX Series of OLTs and Mosaic Cloud Platform to make gigabit and multi-gigabit services available to 20 million homes by the mid-to-late 2020s with its Full Fibre network. ADTRAN expanded its 10G PON portfolio with several new ONTs and launched a managed, cloud-based, CAF performance test. In February, ADTRAN unveiled its Global Services Portfolio, which offers an ecosystem of turnkey network implementation and maintenance and professional, managed and cloud services. It also expanded its SDX series of open and disaggregated network elements and added support for Combo PON within the ADTRAN Total Access 5000 (TA5000) fiber access platform.

In 2020, ADTRAN addressed specific internet of things (IoT) scale challenges by offering IoT solutions that enable service providers, cloud providers and IoT sensor providers to better support the millions of sensors connecting to the access network, diversify their customer bases and generate new revenue opportunities. To support rural broadband, in March 2021 the company announced the ADTRAN Total Access 5004 (TA5004) Micro-Cabinet compact, modular, fiber-access platform, a 10G fiber-access platform purpose-built for serving ultra-low-density environments to expedite rural gigabit coverage. In April, ADTRAN introduced the IoT Gateway, a new LoRaWAN gateway that will enable providers, operators, VARs and solution integrators to support growing enterprise IoT initiatives. Based in Huntsville, Alabama, ADTRAN has 1,790 employees and reported revenue of $506 million in 2020.

“When I started Hotwire more than 20 years ago, I knew that bandwidth was going to be the predominant product going forward. Fiber has proven itself to be the best, most reliable way to achieve high-bandwidth broadband internet, with the ability to scale the gigabits per second a customer receives at a moment’s notice, making it vital for everything from high-capacity stadiums to integrated, smart-city government services.
– Kristin Johnson, CEO and president, Hotwire

Advantage Engineers

www.advantageengineers.com
443-367-0003

Key Products: Engineering and consulting services

Summary: Advantage Engineers enables the future of telecommunications by deploying innovative solutions to solve complex engineering challenges. More than 300 full-time professionals work in 18 locations with in-house professional engineers licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. From cable-route design to more advanced network engineering, the team at Advantage Engineers provides the support required for planning, designing, permitting, documenting, installing, testing and managing clients’ fiber optic network deployments. The company delivers a broad range of fiber solutions, including FTTH, FTTP, FTTT, middle-mile, long-haul and relocations. To date, Advantage Engineers has designed more than 6,500 miles of fiber. The team recently completed a 150-mile mapping project for Baltimore County, Maryland, where it located and recorded existing fiber facilities with survey-grade GPS equipment to better serve community institutions. In April 2021, Advantage Engineers was acquired by – and became an operating company of – Network Connex, further expanding the company’s footprint and capabilities.

AFL

www.aflglobal.com
864-433-0333; 800-235-3423

Key Products: Fiber optic cable and connectivity, outside-plant fiber and electrical conductor hardware, fusion splicers, test and inspection equipment, training, design, engineering, integration

Summary: AFL’s converged access network solution helps customers build expandable, flexible, accessible networks for 5G wireless fronthaul/backhaul, FTTH/business, multiple dwelling units/multiple tenant units (MXU), campuses and venues, enterprises and central offices. The company’s product offering includes wrapping tube cable powered by SpiderWeb Ribbon (SWR), the ASCEND high-density platform, splice closures such as Apex, Fujikura fusion splicers, test equipment and more. AFL has service and engineering expertise to help customers plan, design, build and maintain communications networks, offering FTTx and MDU solutions for master-planned community networks serviced by telephone, cable TV and wireless providers; utilities/electric cooperatives; and industrial companies and enterprises. AFL connects customers’ unique project requirements with technologically advanced product and service solutions.

The company continues to build on its core innovation strategy. Over the past quarter, AFL was awarded five new patents for technology and developments in connectivity and fiber optic cable. Founded in 1984, AFL is headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and is a division of Fujikura Ltd. The company has more than 4,500 associates around the world and operates in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Alianza

www.alianza.com
801-802-6400

Key Product: Cloud-based VoIP platform

Summary: Early fiber-to-the-home deployers were mainly telephone companies, but many new FTTH entrants have no history of providing voice services. For a broadband operator without telephone equipment or expertise, using a cloud-based system is the simplest, most economical way to add a voice offering – typically a high-margin service. Alianza’s Cloud Communications Platform, a web-scale VoIP software-as-a-service solution built for broadband providers, delivers and supports residential and business VoIP services. The platform does not require capital expenditure or equipment installation, and Alianza alleviates most operational and regulatory burdens associated with phone services. Since announcing a solution specifically for FTTH providers in February 2017, Alianza has made inroads with electric cooperatives, utilities and municipalities that deliver FTTH broadband to their communities. More than 70 ISPs, with more than 300,000 subscribers, use the Alianza platform.

In fall 2019, Alianza announced several new customer acquisitions, including Cumberland Connect in Tennessee and ecoLink in Oklahoma. Pennsylvania ISP PenTeleData launched a suite of cloud-based voice services for business customers powered by Alianza’s Cloud Communications Platform. In fall 2020, Alianza integrated with NISC’s IVUE Connect platform. It provides a complete suite of broadband billing, customer management and provisioning solutions for electric cooperatives and supports the needs of contemporary utilities. Alianza’s Cloud Communications Platform provides a turnkey VoIP solution that enables broadband providers to deliver a feature-rich, easy-to-manage portfolio of residential and business communication services.

To enhance its cloud platform with video conferencing and mobile applications, Alianza acquired CounterPath. In May, the company launched Business Cloud Communications for service providers, incorporating the CounterPath features into a single solution quickly launched by Horizon Telcom to expand its offering to business customers. Founded in 2009 and with new headquarters in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Alianza has more than 100 employees.

ALLO Communications

www.allocommunications.com
866-481-2556; 844-560-2556

Key Products: Internet access, Metro Ethernet, phone, TV and video services

Summary: Founded in 2003, ALLO Communications, based in Imperial, Nebraska, has built fiber broadband networks throughout Nebraska as a competitive provider. ALLO has a broad vision of fiber as a transformational technology and builds its fiber networks citywide rather than in selected neighborhoods. It helps communities use their networks to expand business opportunities, create jobs and improve quality of life. ALLO provides services in 11 Nebraska communities and two communities in Colorado. Several current projects involve partnerships with city governments. Breckenridge, Colorado, selected ALLO as the service provider for its new fiber9600 infrastructure project, which began connecting homes in late 2019. In Lincoln, Nebraska, ALLO leased city conduits, extended the conduit system into residential neighborhoods and built fiber to the home. ALLO also is providing 77 nonprofit organizations in Lincoln 10 years of free internet service. In Fort Morgan, Colorado, ALLO leased the city-owned fiber network to deliver broadband services. In summer 2021, ALLO plans to bring internet to Fremont and Inglewood, Nebraska. In 2020, ALLO reported revenue of $76.6 million, up from $65.8 million in 2019.

“In the post-pandemic world, local governments are proving more willing to make needed broadband investments, whether alone or as part of partnerships, and state and federal governments are developing new programs to help fund these projects.”
– Christopher Mitchell, director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Alpha Technologies

www.alpha.com
800-322-5742; 360-647-2360

Key Products: Power supplies, surge suppressors, enclosures and batteries, installation and construction services

Summary: Founded in 1976, Alpha Technologies is a worldwide broadband power systems player. Alpha products provide power conditioning and emergency backup for video, data and voice networks. Alpha’s installation and construction services include structural engineering, rights of way and easement procurement, site preparation, equipment installation and system turnup and testing. Customers in 50 countries include major cable television system operators, telecommunications service providers and full-service communications providers. Alpha Technologies’ FTTH powering options include the FlexPoint line of 12V DC single-family solutions and the FlexNet line of 48V DC multiple-dwelling-unit and small office/home office power supplies. Alpha, with more than 1,000 employees, has sales and service centers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia. It is a member of the Alpha Group, which EnerSys acquired in 2019.

Altice USA

www.alticeusa.com
516-803-2300

Key Products: Internet, video and voice services

Summary: Altice USA is one of the largest broadband and video providers in the U.S., delivering broadband, pay TV, voice, Wi-Fi hot spot access, proprietary content and advertising services through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands. Symmetrical 1 Gbps internet service over Altice’s new FTTH network is being rolled out to residential customers in select areas of Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Altice USA plans to expand gigabit broadband services via an accelerated fiber build and its whole-home, mesh-smart Wi-Fi service to 500,000 locations in 2021. This positions it to offer 10 Gbps speeds for residential and business customers next year. Altice USA is enhancing its existing hybrid fiber coax network in the Optimum service area and plans to launch 1 Gbps broadband service via DOCSIS 3.1. With less than 10 percent of the customer base taking gigabit speeds, the company has plenty of room to grow 1 Gbps and higher broadband speeds as demand dictates.

The cable MSO is also adding gigabit capacity in the Suddenlink service area and expanding the Altice footprint through new-home builds. In February, it gave Optimum and Suddenlink customers access to smart Wi-Fi and brought Altice One entertainment to Apple TV. Recently, Altice acquired Morris Broadband in western North Carolina, which provides service to 36,500 residential and business customers. Headquartered in Long Island City, New York, Altice USA serves 5 million customers across 21 states and posted 9.9 billion in 2020 revenue, up from $9.76 billion 2019.

Amphenol

www.amphenol.com
203-265-8900

Key Products: Fiber distribution solutions, fiber optic enclosures

Summary: Amphenol is one of the world’s largest providers of high-technology interconnect, sensor and antenna solutions. Its products enable the electronics revolution across a diverse array of end markets, including automotive, broadband communications, commercial aerospace, industrial, information technology and data communications, military, mobile devices and mobile networks. Founded in 1932, Amphenol trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker APH and had sales of $8.6 billion in 2020. In 2019, Amphenol acquired Charles Industries, a manufacturer of integrated environmental housings and enclosures for wireless, telecom and broadband service providers. The company is headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, and has more than 80,000 employees worldwide.

AT&T Fiber / AT&T Connected Communities

www.att.com/att/multifamily-property/

Key Products: High-speed internet, next-generation TV, voice, advanced mobile services

Summary: AT&T is the largest FTTH provider in the U.S. As part of its agreement with the FCC to purchase DirectTV, AT&T was required to deliver FTTH to 12.5 million homes, a goal the company surpassed by serving 14 million homes. Today, AT&T markets FTTH services to 15 million locations in 90 metropolitan areas. AT&T Fiber gained about 1 million subscribers over the past year, bringing the total subscriber base to about 5.2 million. After the telco announced plans to spin off its WarnerMedia unit and combine it with Discovery in a $43 billion deal, AT&T CEO John Stankey said it will have more “flexibility to invest in 5G and fiber to support the growing long-term demand for reliable high-speed connectivity.”

In 2021, AT&T plans to increase its fiber footprint by an additional 3 million customer locations across more than 90 metro areas, raising its deployment to about 18 million homes and businesses by 2025. Most of the 90 metro area locations where it plans to roll out FTTH already have AT&T fiber access. Looking forward, AT&T plans to more than double its fiber footprint in the coming years to reach 30 million customer locations by the end of 2025.

The telco is an active participant in two Open Networking Foundation broadband virtualization projects: Virtual OLT Hardware Abstraction (VOLTHA) and SDN-Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA). Through AT&T Connected Communities, the telco works with multifamily and single-family builders, developers, management groups and homeowners associations to provide communications and entertainment services. As the largest U.S. provider of pay TV, AT&T offers video entertainment through its AT&T TV platform, which it launched in March 2020. AT&T TV is the telco’s main national pay television service, positioned to succeed U-verse TV and satellite service DirecTV. (Although AT&T will support existing customers, it no longer sells U-verse TV.) In May 2020, AT&T launched HBO Max, a new streaming service with content from HBO, CNN, TNT, TBS and TCM. By the end of 2020, HBO and HBO Max combined had 41.5 million subscribers, up from 34.6 in 2019. AT&T revenue for 2020 was $171.8 billion, down from $181 billion in 2019, and the company has 230,000 employees.

Atlantic Engineering Group

www.aeg.cc
706-654-2298

Key Products: Turnkey outside-plant services for FTTH networks

Summary: Atlantic Engineering Group (AEG), founded by James Salter in 1996, focuses exclusively on the design and construction of fiber networks for long-haul, middle-mile, last-mile and in-building applications. The company helps lead the drive to combine FTTH and smart-grid technologies into a single business plan for municipalities, rural electric cooperatives and new entrants into the FTTH arena.

AEG is headquartered in Buford, Georgia, but deploys in-house personnel and on-site project managers globally. It performs project management, service planning, engineering, underground and aerial construction, splicing, testing and many other professional and technical services. It has completed or is currently working on design or build commissions for more than 130 networks, including 65 FTTH projects totaling more than 50,000 fiber route miles that pass more than 2.6 million homes in 29 states. Some of the most recent have been in Colorado, Tennessee, New York and Vermont.

BHC

www.ibhc.com
913-663-1900

Key Products: Planning, design and construction of FTTx projects

Summary: BHC (formerly BHC Rhodes) provides civil engineering services for public utilities and private firms that build and maintain fiber networks across the U.S. BHC has designed and managed thousands of miles of telecom network infrastructure for clients that range from small communities to large international service providers. The company’s FTTx services include feasibility studies, cost estimates and budgets; planning, layout and network architecture; GIS and AutoCAD mapping; hut site development and construction; outside-plant design; site and route surveys; pole surveys; right-of-way permitting and asset management. BHC performed design and related services for an FTTH network in Meridian, Idaho, resulting in 80,000 households passed. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, BHC was founded in 1992 and has more than 135 employees.

“The fiber broadband market in North America is exploding, boosted by a pandemic-proven need and more available grants and private funding. It will be a race to secure funding, competency and materials, which may lead to shortcuts. Fiber is a long-term investment and those who choose scalable, proven solutions will be the ones still around five years from now. It’s the responsibility of us in the vendor community to make sure the decisions made now will lead to high-quality networks and operations built to last.”
– Isak Finer, chief revenue officer, COS Systems

Biarri Networks

www.biarrinetworks.com
303-524-1710

Key Products: Software and services for FTTx design automation, network planning, outside-plant engineering, mapping

Summary: Biarri Networks helps ISPs, utility service providers, telcos, engineering firms, and consultants to design and build fiber, fixed wireless, and mobile wireless networks. The company also launched the first ever web-based tool of its kind: Fiber Optic Network Design (FOND), a web-based optimization and collaboration platform for digital engineering, planning and design. The company continues to roll out new updates for FOND. For example, to help customers navigate the utility pole attachment process for FTTH networks, Biarri introduced pole and aerial span editing tools in FOND. Biarri’s team of experts also delivers designs and engineering outputs at speed and scale using the company’s patented algorithmic approach, combining technology, analytics, geospatial data and industry best practices.

In addition to FOND, Biarri offers custom-built design engines for enterprise clients, design services and consultancy services. In the U.S., the firm has 20 new and existing projects in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Last year, Biarri completed high-level designs for more than 10 new projects, passing 761,407 homes. More than two-thirds of those passings went on to become construction-ready “low-level” designs. By May of this year, Biarri had already delivered almost 2 million homes passed at feasibility-level design and had commenced 10 more projects that will be constructed in the future.

Biarri grew its team by more than 20 percent in the past year, increasing its workforce to more than 100 people globally. Rural broadband projects in Mexico and Canada, as well as in the U.S., helped fuel the growth. Biarri, now based in Denver, Colorado, has offices in Australia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Black & Veatch

www.bv.com
913-458-2000

Key Products: Consulting, engineering, construction, operations, program management

Summary: Black & Veatch, founded in 1915 and based in Overland Park, Kansas, is a global engineering, consulting and construction company that specializes in telecommunications, energy, water and government services. The employee-owned company has approximately 8,300 professionals in more than 120 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries. Services include engineering, procurement, construction, design, management consulting, asset management, environmental consulting and security.

Black & Veatch has deployed more than 45,000 miles of fiber for commercial carriers, cities and utilities. In 2020, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission chose Black & Veatch to install a new fiber optic network along more than 200 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Revenue in 2020 was $3 billion. In 2020, Black & Veatch’s telecommunications business was ranked No. 2 by the Engineering News-Record.

C Spire Home Services

www.cspire.com/home-services
855-438-1009

Key Products: Gigabit-speed internet access, live streaming video, digital home phone and smart-home services delivered over a fiber-based network

Summary: C Spire is building a fiber-based broadband network in Mississippi to attract investment and economic growth and pave the way for improvements in health care, education, civic life, business development and expansion, and municipal services. C Spire Home is taking its gigabit FTTH platform to Saltillo and Gulfport, Mississippi and plans to add Biloxi this year to cover roughly 78,000 new households. Using a demand-based model, C Spire Home Services – the company’s residential broadband unit – expanded to 20 markets at the end of 2019. In addition to its fiber builds, C Spire advanced its network reach through electric utility partnerships with Entergy and Alabama Power. It completed an $11 million infrastructure project with Entergy, which serves 2.9 million electric customers. This agreement enables it to offer broadband services to some of Mississippi’s most isolated rural areas. C Spire signed a similar partnership with Alabama Power to supply fiber-based internet in Birmingham and other parts of Alabama this year. The provider will use a demand aggregation model in Alabama to help gauge community interest and guide decisions on broadband deployment.

New and existing customers can take advantage of its Smart Wi-Fi solution. Powered by smart-home services provider Plume, Smart Wi-Fi improves coverage while offering online security. Alabama communities are seeing multiple construction starts and deployments after C Spire announced a $1 billion investment to speed the availability of FTTH networks. About $500 million is marked for fiber expansion in Alabama over a five-year period. In April, the company began construction on an FTTH network in Tuscaloosa County and is accepting consumer preorders. Construction also began in the north Shelby County cities of Helena and Pelham with Alabaster expected to start soon, and the company began connecting customers in Jasper. Headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi, C Spire has 1,499 employees.

Calix

www.calix.com
408-514-3000; 877-766-3500

Key Products: Fiber access solutions for residential and business services, managed home Wi-Fi with value-added subscriber experience applications, network and services management software

Summary: With more than 1,600 customers worldwide, Calix serves a wide range of North American FTTx providers and a growing share of international markets with fiber access and home Wi-Fi solutions. Since 2017, it has leveraged its transformation from providing wireline access systems to offering software platforms, cloud analytics and value-added subscriber experience solutions that enable broadband service providers to compete with consumer brand giants. The Calix Intelligent Access EDGE and Revenue EDGE solutions leverage its award-winning software platforms. Calix Cloud now delivers persona-directed Calix Marketing Cloud and Calix Support Cloud solutions to more than 500 customers. The Experience Innovation Platform, a unique hybrid cloud-premises software platform that supports residential and small business subscribers, powers the Calix Revenue EDGE Systems as well as third-party CPE.

The AXOS platform at the core of the Intelligent Access EDGE allows software functions in the access network to run independently of the underlying hardware; about 1,000 independent application modules run on AXOS. Calix’s AXOS systems power Verizon’s strategic One Fiber initiative to move residential, business and mobile transport services into a converged NG-PON2 network. To help service providers transition to SDN-orchestrated automation, Calix introduced the AXOS SMx access domain controller that enables providers to deploy SDN-automated workflows while simultaneously interfacing with existing back-office systems. In 2020, Calix Professional Services added network consulting services to its lineup. The Intelligent Access EDGE systems – including the temperature-hardened E7-2 Intelligent Modular System – support integrated 100GE aggregation. The E9-2 Intelligent Edge System provides service aggregation routing with broadband network gateway capabilities.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Calix had 2019 revenue of $424 million, rising to $542 million in 2020 despite global pandemic and supply chain headwinds. Calix employed 785 people at the end of 2020.

“With 5G, SpaceX and fiber optics, the information pathways are only getting bigger. This renewed interest in funding and focus could be the turning point that gets us back to once again being excited like in 1996. I believe today we are witnessing the calm before the storm.”
– Bruce Smith, CEO, GEOGRAPH Technologies

CCG Consulting

www.ccgcomm.com
202-255-7689

Key Products: Regulatory, engineering, marketing, strategy and planning services; raising money for broadband projects

Summary: In business since 1997, CCG is a full-service consultant for small communications carriers. The company specializes in launching new broadband ventures and making existing businesses more profitable. CCG offers a wide range of regulatory, engineering, strategy and planning, operations, budgeting and billing services. The company helps clients design, upgrade and maximize fiber, coaxial, copper and wireless networks. CCG also offers direct operational assistance in areas such as number portability, new product development, cable programming, carrier disputes and billing audits. It is active in helping companies create workable public-private partnerships and secure funds for broadband projects – a specialty for which demand is growing. CCG continues to work on numerous feasibility studies for communities of all sizes and is helping several communities build and launch new broadband businesses.

Charter Communications / Spectrum Community Solutions

www.charter.com; www.spectrum.com
855-243-8892

Key Products: Advanced broadband services, including internet, TV, fiber Wi-Fi and MDU Wi-Fi solutions

Summary: Charter Communications, the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., markets its services under the Spectrum brand. Spectrum Business provides broadband communications solutions to small and medium-sized business organizations. Charter serves more than 31.1 million customers in 41 states through the Spectrum brand, offering internet, mobile and voice to residential customers. Charter doubled minimum internet speeds to 200 Mbps in several markets at no additional cost to new and existing Spectrum internet customers. Spectrum Community Solutions helps property owners offer technology amenities to residents, including professionally managed Wi-Fi, TV and voice.

In February 2020, Charter announced plans to move toward 10G symmetrical broadband speeds. As a first step, the company finished digitizing its 41-state footprint and rolled out DOCSIS 3.1, setting the the foundation for 10G. It has also set a path to evolve to DOCSIS 4.0. In response to the COVID-19 virus, Charter expanded its free, 60-day Spectrum broadband internet and Wi-Fi offer to include educators who are new Spectrum subscribers. Later, the company moved to virtual recruiting, hired more than 3,000 new employees nationwide and continues to hire during the COVID-19 crisis.

As part of its goal to deepen its rural market presence, Charter announced plans for a $5 billion dollar initiative to expand gigabit broadband access to more than 1 million low-density, rural customer locations with starting speeds of 200 Mbps. The cable MSO was one of the big winners in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction, securing $1.2 billion in support. With 96,100 employees, in 2020 the company reported $48 billion in annual revenue, up from $45.8 billion in 2019.

CHR Solutions

www.chrsolutions.com
713-351-5111

Key Products: Engineering, network planning, managed NOC and managed IT services; communications billing software

Summary: CHR is a broadband systems provider enabling clients to grow their networks and customer bases at rapid speeds. It offers a range of engineering, business and technology solutions that support better broadband for telecoms, electric co-ops, utilities and municipalities nationwide. CHR has designed FTTx networks that pass more than 2 million premises. Services include preparing applications for loans and grants; broadband planning; performing high-level, detailed, outside-plant design for FTTx networks; permitting; converting GIS/CAD files and implementing outside plant.

CHR engineering specializes in fiber design and has expertise in various communications technologies, including xDSL, PON, active Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet and fixed wireless. CHR also provides B/OSS (billing, customer management, business and network operations) and outsourced managed IT/NOC services. The evolution of the B/OSS product continues. Its new Omnia360 customer management functionality enables handling rapid customer growth. The system also includes real-time analytics to support better business intelligence and easy implementation of subscription-based prepaid services. New customers include Alaska Communications, Beacon Broadband, CobbEMC, Cross Telephone, Gila River Telecommunications and Point Broadband. For example, Beacon Broadband, a subsidiary of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative (CCEC) in southern Oregon, is building a new, rural, fiber-to-the-premises network and selected Omnia360 as its business software solution. The company is headquartered in Houston.

Cincinnati Bell

www.cincinnatibell.com; www.cincinnatibell.com/Fioptics
513-566-4101; 888-246-2355

Key Products: Telephone, data, video, wireless and information technology solutions

Summary: Cincinnati Bell and its consolidated subsidiaries provide integrated communications and IT solutions. During 2020, the company passed an additional 13,600 addresses in the Greater Cincinnati area with Fioptics, which included a focus on FTTP addresses, as FTTP has become a more relevant solution for its customers. As of December 31, 2020, Fioptics products are available to approximately 637,000 customer locations, or 75 percent of the Greater Cincinnati operating territory. Last year, the company passed an additional 7,900 addresses in Hawaii. The consumer/SMB fiber products are available to approximately 254,300 addresses, or 50 percent of the operating territory in Hawaii, including Oahu and neighboring islands.

In 2020, the company also invested $25 million in enterprise fiber products, including fiber- and IP-based core network technology. The investment positioned the company to meet increased business and carrier demand within Greater Cincinnati and in contiguous markets in the Midwest region. In Hawaii, expenditures are for high-bandwidth data transport products, such as Metro Ethernet, including the Southeast Asia to U.S. cable. Cincinnati Bell continues to evolve and optimize network assets to support the migration of legacy products to new technology. As of December 31, 2020, the company increased the total number of commercial addresses with fiber-based services (referred to as lit addresses) to 30,200 in Greater Cincinnati and 21,200 in Hawaii by connecting approximately 1,400 additional lit addresses in Greater Cincinnati and 900 additional lit addresses in Hawaii. The company also expanded the fiber network to span more than 12,900 route miles in Greater Cincinnati and 4,900 route miles in Hawaii and provided cell site backhaul services to approximately 90 percent of the 1,000 cell sites in the Greater Cincinnati market. Approximately 97 percent of these sites and 80 percent of the 1,100 cell sites in Hawaii are lit with fiber. Cincinnati Bell’s revenue in 2020 was $1.56 billion.

“Greenlight Networks is thrilled to start bringing high-speed, fiber internet to the Buffalo and Binghamton areas and to continue in our tenth year of expanding throughout the Rochester region. As we emerge from the pandemic, we see a deeper appreciation for fiber broadband service and our ability to offer blazingly fast upload and download speeds for customers. Our team is so proud and honored to be included in the Top 100 companies list.”
– Mark Murphy, CEO, Greenlight Networks

Clearfield

www.Seeclearfield.com
763-476-6866; 800-422-2537

Key Products: Fiber distribution and protection systems for inside plant, outside plant and access networks

Summary: Headquartered in Minneapolis, Clearfield designs and manufactures fiber management, fiber protection and fiber delivery products that accelerate fiber services activation. The company has four main product lines: FieldSmart fiber distribution systems for the inside plant and FieldSmart fiber scalability centers for the outside plant; a fiber delivery point series for access networks; FieldShield, an optical fiber delivery and protection platform made of microduct and preconnectorized pushable fiber; and the YOURx platform, which accepts multiple types of drop cable media. All Clearfield product lines integrate with the Clearview Cassette 12-fiber management system.

In 2020, Clearfield introduced three products to accelerate fiber deployments and reduce material and labor costs. The FieldSmart Fiber Active Cabinet for outdoor enclosures provides a single point of contact for passive and powered cabinet solutions. In April, Clearfield introduced the StreetSmart Fiber Hand-Off Box for fiber-based 5G deployments and its Home Deployment Kits, allowing DIY customers to complete the fiber connection from outside the home to the customer premises.

In addition to enhancing its product line, Clearfield added a manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico. In October 2020, Clearfield introduced its FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) indoor 288-port wall box, optimized for dense MDU environments and designed to streamline large MDU deployments. This year, Clearfield launched a new 48-port adapter configuration for its Clearview Blue Cassette, which allows service providers to easily scale fiber capacity and improve data rates. Earlier this year, Clearfield partnered with four other manufacturers (Prysmian Group, Dura-Line, Oldcastle Infrastructure and Primex) to launch the FiberONE program, which will offer a broadband infrastructure solution to all rural areas of Canada. Clearfield, which has 240 employees, posted $93 million in revenue for the year ending September 2020, up from $85 million in 2019.

Comcast Cable / XFINITY Communities

www.comcast.com; www.xfinity.com/xfinitycommunities

Key Products: Internet, video, voice and home security services

Summary: Comcast delivers internet, phone and media services to residential and business customers under the XFINITY and Comcast Business brands. XFINITY Communities works with building and property owners, developers, leasing agents and homeowners associations to provide services to MDU residents. Comcast offers 1 Gbps service to nearly all the homes and businesses in its U.S. territory over its HFC network, using DOCSIS 3.1 technology. It also delivers FTTH-based gigabit residential service in greenfield MDUs and offers a premium 2 Gbps symmetrical residential FTTH service to about 18 million homes. In 2019, Comcast launched an in-home Wi-Fi digital security service and expanded its managed broadband footprint into Canada. The cable MSO also has enhanced its Wi-Fi management and smart-city capabilities.

Comcast acquired Deep Blue Communications, which provides engineering, installation and commercial Wi-Fi network management services. Meanwhile, its IoT subsidiary, machineQ, collaborates with Neptune Technology Group to accelerate smart-city projects for advanced water metering and infrastructure. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Comcast raised speeds of its Internet Essentials offering for lower-income subscribers from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers. New families that connect will get 60 days of free internet service.

At the end of 2020, Comcast Cable had 33.1 million total customer relationships, including 30.7 million residential and 2.43 million business relationships. Passing more than 59 million homes and businesses, Comcast’s total penetration of homes and businesses was 56 percent. A total of 31 million residential customers subscribe to Comcast’s high-speed internet services, and 19.8 million subscribe to video services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation. Comcast Cable reported 2020 revenue of $60.1 billion, up from $60 billion in 2020.

CommScope

www.commscope.com
828-324-2200; 800-982-1708

Key Products: Cable and connectivity products

Summary: With a suite of headend/central office, outside-plant and end-user broadband solutions, CommScope provides carriers, electric co-ops and other operators solutions to address residential, MDU, commercial and cellular backhaul applications. Founded in Hickory, North Carolina, CommScope is the largest supplier of subscriber-premises connectivity and conduit products. By acquiring ARRIS and its subsidiary, Ruckus Networks, in 2019, CommScope solidified its position as a wired and wireless communications infrastructure solution provider.

To capture the strategic value of the acquisitions, CommScope realigned into four business segments in 2020 – Venue and Campus Networks, Broadband Networks, Outdoor Wireless Networks and Home Networks. Ruckus Wi-Fi products continue to gain traction; XFINITY Communities equipped Vantage, an off-campus housing development for Temple University students, with Ruckus Wi-Fi platforms. The new Ruckus R750 802.11ax indoor Wi-Fi access point is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 from the Wi-Fi Alliance. In 2021, the company launched the NOVUX Portfolio of Global Fiber Deployment Solutions, a flexible, modular architecture that allows operators to use 75 percent fewer components than existing solutions while delivering 50 times the number of configurations. It also expanded its RUCKUS Wi-Fi 6 Portfolio for hospitality, MDUs and Smart Spaces. Earlier this year, CommScope announced plans to spin off its Home Networks business into a new, independent public company. The move is an early part of the CommScope NEXT strategy to optimize the business portfolio and control costs. In 2020, CommScope’s revenue was $8.43 billion, up from $8.34 billion in 2019.

Co-Mo Connect

www.co-mo.net; www.co-mo.coop
660-433-5521; 800-781-0157

Key Products: Gigabit internet, HDTV, phone service

Summary: A decade ago, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Tipton, Missouri, served an area only 15 percent covered by broadband. In response to customer demand, it launched a successful FTTH pilot project that eventually led to the construction of a privately funded, $70 million, 4,000-mile fiber network covering the co-op’s entire 2,300-square-mile territory. Operating under the name Co-Mo Connect, the network set an example that other electric co-ops have followed. Co-Mo Connect offers internet speeds that range from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps as well as phone and television services. In 2018, Co-Mo was awarded more than $21 million over 10 years from the FCC Connect America Fund II auction. The money will support the current network and help expand it into adjacent areas.

The company is in the process of building out its network in three new areas of Missouri – Barnett, Jamestown, and Prairie Home – and is conducting an active sign-up campaign in Otterville. Before Co-Mo begins building out services in a new city, it must reach a sign-up goal of 30 percent of residents. Co-Mo Connect serves thousands of Missouri subscribers with internet speeds that can support smart-home technologies and farm technologies proven to increase revenue. The company has about 80 employees.

Comsof

www.comsof.com
416-594-9777

Key Product: FTTx network planning and design software

Summary: Comsof is the creator of Comsof Fiber, a solution for the automated planning and design of FTTx networks. With more than 100 million homes planned in more than 50 countries, Comsof Fiber makes fiber network design smart, fast and intuitive. Comsof Fiber’s automation and optimization enables smart-business decisions in the strategic planning phase and future-proof FTTx architecture during the detailed network design. This is possible because of the unique combination of algorithms that integrate real-world design rules and optimization capabilities based on GIS data.

“As America grapples with how to expand broadband access and affordability, there’s one basic business principle to consider that can address both: competition. In markets where true broadband competition exists, we see better prices, more reliable service and greater access. Open-access networks promote competition, and UTOPIA Fiber has proven that they work well in urban, suburban and even rural areas.”
– Roger Timmerman, executive director/CEO, UTOPIA Fiber

Conexon

www.conexon.us
202-798-3884

Key Products: Consulting services, fiber design and construction management, funding and operations for rural electric cooperatives deploying FTTH

Summary: Conexon is a leader in the electric cooperative broadband movement, with a mission of closing the digital divide through fiber to the home. Founded in 2015, Conexon’s architecture and approach enables electric cooperatives to leverage their infrastructures to deliver fiber broadband services efficiently and affordably to 100 percent of their membership. The company is composed of professionals who have worked in electric cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, and offer decades of individual experience in business planning, building networks, marketing and selling telecommunications. Conexon offers clients end-to-end broadband deployment and operations support, working with them to analyze economic feasibility, secure financing, design the network, manage construction, provide operational support, optimize business performance and determine optimal partnerships.

To date, Conexon has assisted nearly 200 electric cooperatives, nearly 50 of which are deploying fiber networks, with approximately 500,000 rural Americans across the U.S. connected to fiber to the home. Overall, the company has secured more than $1.3 billion in federal and state funding for its clients across the country. In 2021, Conexon launched its internet service provider subsidiary, Conexon Connect, an entity formed to operate and manage cooperative and investor-owned, fiber-to-the-home networks. Conexon Connect recently participated as part of Conexon’s Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium, a bidding entity awarded more than $1.1 billion through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I auction to deliver broadband service at the gigabit tier. The Connect awards encompass dozens of electric co-op territories throughout 10 states and will result in lightning-fast symmetrical broadband service to more than 2 million Americans – fiber to 100 percent of rural homes and businesses in all the territories awarded in the RDOF auction. Conexon has grown to 300 employees strong and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Consolidated Communications

www.consolidated.com
844-968-7224

Key Products: High-speed internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services, wholesale carrier solutions

Summary: Based in Mattoon, Illinois, Consolidated Communications is a broadband provider serving consumers, businesses and wireless and wireline carriers across rural and metro communities in a 23-state area. Consolidated has built a fiber network spanning 47,400 fiber route miles. In 2021, the company embarked on an ambitious fiber expansion plan that will deliver symmetrical, multi-gig speeds via new FTTP networks to more than 70 percent of its service footprint by 2025. An early adopter of public-private partnerships, Consolidated has worked with numerous rural towns throughout northern New England to build out townwide FTTH networks that provide up to 1 Gbps symmetrical speeds to residents. The company offers various over-the-top options to complement its fiber services and provides enhanced security and business communications solutions, including DDoS Mitigation, Cloud Secure, ProConnect and several productivity tools. Consolidated Communications reported $1.30 billion in 2020 revenues and has 3,200 employees.

Corning Optical Communications

www.corning.com
828-901-5000

Key Products: Optical fiber, optical fiber cable, FTTx product suite (cabinets, splitters, terminals, housings, drops), closures, connectors, cable assemblies, wireless access networks, engineering services, training

Summary: In 2020, Corning marked the 50th anniversary of the first commercial, low-loss optical fiber – an innovation that transformed the communications industry. Corning remains a top provider in passive optical products and is the world’s largest fiber producer; it opened a new fiber factory in Poland last year. The company has been behind many innovations, including loose-tube cable design, plug-and-play solutions for LAN, and data-center applications. Its hardened, pre-connectorized products offer providers new FTTH network deployment options, such as its ultra-bend-insensitive ClearCurve product suite, designed to lower installation costs by minimizing the need for highly skilled labor.

Designed for long-haul, metro and FTTH network applications, Corning’s SMF-28 Ultra Optical Fiber combines low attenuation with improved macro bend performance. Corning responded to the need for higher fiber counts with RocketRibbon, which doubles the density of fiber in a 200-micron outer diameter. In 2020, the biggest news from Corning involved fiber-fed 5G deployments in buildings. The company introduced smaller, 5G-ready connectivity solutions; began a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies on 5G mmWave in-building network systems; launched commercially available in-building 5G with Verizon; and announced collaboration with EnerSys to simplify delivery of fiber and power to small-cell wireless sites, speeding 5G deployment.

UL and the Telecommunications Industry Association launched the world’s first comprehensive SPIRE Smart Building Program in collaboration with Corning. Corning also introduced its Evolv hardened connectivity solutions designed to accelerate deployment of fiber networks and launched its Pushlok connector, reducing terminal size, facilitating lower costs and allowing quick connectivity. In 2020, Corning’s optical communications business reported $3.6 billion in revenue. The company has experienced unprecedented demand as the world emerges from lockdown and is actively investing to expand manufacturing capacity to meet the needs of the markets it serves.

COS Systems

www.cossystems.com
800-562-1730

Key Products: Demand aggregation software, BSS/OSS for managing open-access fiber networks

Summary: The COS Systems software suite helps network owners profitably plan, deploy and manage broadband networks to deliver services from one or more providers. COS Service Zones is a demand aggregation tool that enables network builders to identify grassroots interest in better broadband, spread awareness of their projects and presell internet connections using a fiberhood approach. COS Business Engine is a BSS/OSS suite for automation of the business processes and operations of fiber networks. It enables operators to market and sell services from multiple providers in an online marketplace with zero-touch service provisioning.

COS clients include private ISPs and operators, public-private partnerships, municipalities and utilities and cooperatives in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In October 2020, COS Systems was acquired by Pivot Partners, and in February 2021, COS brought on new CEO Mikael Philipsson, who will further advance the company’s goal of automating fiber networks globally. One of the company’s founders, Anders Lindehall, will manage and strengthen relations with existing partners. New product functionality includes billing platform integrations and a workflow engine to automate new customer hook-ups. Recently, COS entered a partnership with Render Networks, a digital network construction platform that accelerates deployment durations and connection experiences. Privately held COS Systems is headquartered in Umeå, Sweden, and has U.S. headquarters in New York City. With 19 employees, it posted revenue of $4 million for 2020.

Cox Communications

www.cox.com
800-234-3993

Key Products: High-speed internet, digital video, voice and smart-home services

Summary: The largest private telecom company in the U.S., Cox Communications serves 6 million homes and businesses across 18 states. Cox was one of the first to launch residential gigabit internet speeds, now available to all customers nationwide. It joined NCTA, CableLabs, Cable Europe and other large cable operators to implement the 10G initiative, a technology platform that provides a path from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps over existing HFC plant. Cox also teamed with US Ignite to help make Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego among the first “smart gigabit communities.” In addition, Cox launched Cox2M, which provides custom IoT solutions for businesses and cities.

Cox has been a leader in bridging the digital divide for low-income families with school-age children through its Connect2Compete internet offer. This past year, it increased program speeds and helped connect more than 60,000 new customers during the pandemic. The company also pledged $60 million over the next year to close the digital learning gap. In 2020, Cox increased its internet speeds and offered new, affordable packages to help those impacted by the pandemic stay connected and to support the communities it serves. The company also joined the FCC’s Keep America Connected initiative.

Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by James M. Cox, who later served three terms as governor of Ohio. Cox Communities is the division that delivers solutions to MDU owners, managers and developers, SFU developers, and the residents and owners within their communities to support them in optimizing rents and occupancy and making their properties future-ready. The cable MSO continually enhances its business services line through organic fiber builds and targeted acquisitions. It recently acquired Charlotte, North Carolina–based Segra, one of the largest privately held fiber infrastructure providers in the U.S.

“We talk a lot about ‘underserved’ communities when it comes to connectivity, and in a way these providers have been underserved themselves when it comes to access to the tools and technology they need to rise to this unprecedented opportunity. We worked with operators to understand their needs and built a platform to empower them with a solution that modernizes their operations and brings their data to life.”
– Will Mitchell, CEO and co-founder, VETRO FiberMap

CTC Technology & Energy

www.ctcnet.us
301-933-1488

Key Products: Fiber and wireless broadband network planning and design, engineering, financial analysis, strategy, assessment, implementation

Summary: CTC Technology & Energy (CTC) offers extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of broadband strategic planning, needs assessment, feasibility analysis, engineering, business modeling, grant strategy and grant writing. Founded in 1983, CTC delivers independent strategic, technical and financial guidance on broadband primarily to public and nonprofit entities, including state and local governments, cooperative and municipal utilities and nonprofit consortia and universities. With more than 15 years of experience with federal, state and regional grant programs, CTC helps clients capitalize on funding opportunities. The firm identifies program options and develops appropriate funding strategies that align clients’ broadband plans, including public-private collaboration, with available funding opportunities.

CTC is a pioneer in digital equity analysis and planning. Through innovative approaches to data collection and analysis, the firm helps public-sector clients better understand the gaps that may keep all residents from making the most meaningful use of broadband. These approaches do not focus on building new infrastructure but rather on developing strategic guidance regarding the combination of factors related to affordability, device access, digital literacy, language barriers, security concerns and other issues that prevent internet adoption and use. CTC is currently performing digital equity studies for the cities of Dallas, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Bloomington, Indiana.

Danella Companies

www.danella.com
610-828-6200

Key Products: FTTH network design, engineering, construction, testing

Summary: Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Danella Companies has 17 divisions operating from 29 geographically diverse facilities in 12 states. Danella Construction performs approximately $225 million in work per year and is a leading installation contractor for all types of utilities, providing services for the power, gas distribution, water and communications industries. Danella continues to expand its FTTH services for Tier-1 service providers and municipalities. By acquiring Florida-based Viking Utility Services in 2020, Danella expanded its underground utilities power and communications infrastructure installation and repair expertise. Viking’s capabilities include new construction development infrastructure, overhead to underground electric conversion, communications (fiber, coax, FTTx), directional drilling and locating services.

Danella also has been enhancing its management team. In 2020, Danella Engineering and Construction Corporation (DECC) tapped Danella veteran Dan Howick as its new vice president. He returned to Danella after serving a two-plus-years stint as the vice president of design and construction for Magellan Advisors. DECC offers broadband network design, engineering, planning, deployment and implementation fields. Howick can apply his experience as a licensed general and utilities contractor specializing in fiber optics to meet its broadband customers growing demands.

The company also is making efforts to boost diversity. In August 2020, it named Kate Howick as director of operations for the company’s engineering division. Among her many tasks is helping restart the engineering division, which focuses on broadband, and managing its day-to-day operations. Danella bolstered its ranking in the 2020 Engineering News-Record’s report. The company was ranked No. 81, moving up from No. 87. It also ranked No. 10 in the Top 20 Utility Firms listing.

Design Nine / WideOpen Networks

www.designnine.com; www.wideopennetworks.us
540-951-4400

Key Products: Planning and feasibility studies; business and financial planning; project management; network design, buildout and operations

Summary: The broadband planning and network design firm Design Nine is well known for its expertise in local-transport and open-access networks. Design Nine’s services include fiber and wireless network design, grant-writing assistance, needs assessment, broadband network buildout assistance, financial modeling, business planning, legal and organizational design of community-owned broadband systems, and project management. Open-access networks it planned and designed include Bozeman Fiber in Montana; Palm Coast FiberNET in Florida; nDanville, Rockbridge and Wired Road in Virginia; FastRoads in New Hampshire; AccessEagan in Minnesota; and fiber to the home in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Charles City County in Virginia.

Design Nine’s subsidiary, WideOpen Networks, manages community-owned and private-sector networks, providing network monitoring, service provisioning, service provider attraction, asset management, billing and outside-plant management. The company has been recognized by “CIO Review” as a Top 20 Emerging Network Solution Provider. WideOpen Networks plans to develop 40 miles of fiber in Blacksburg, Virginia, in the coming year that will service up to 8,000 homes. Design Nine’s broadband planning work continues to expand, with a sharp increase in the number of feasibility studies completed and a steady increase in the number of municipalities requesting help. In the past 12 months, Design Nine has worked with 33 localities to develop broadband planning and feasibility recommendations in five states and managed four fiber and wireless broadband network buildouts. Headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, Design Nine works on projects throughout North America.

Ditch Witch

www.ditchwitch.com
580-336-4402; 800-654-6481

Key Products: Construction equipment for laying fiber

Summary: Ditch Witch offers tools that allow service providers to dig efficiently through challenging terrain, congested roadways and manicured lawns to build FTTH networks. It specializes in developing underground construction equipment, including trenchers, microtrenchers, vibratory plows, horizontal directional drills, mud recycling and fluid systems, drill pipe, HDD tooling, vacuum excavation systems and mini skid steers. Ditch Witch microtrenchers are designed to improve productivity and reduce the cost per foot on fiber job sites. The company’s newest fiber installation offering is the JT20XP horizontal directional drill package, which features the JT20XP drill and XP44 mixing system for midsize utility installation jobs. In 2019, Toro Company acquired Ditch Witch’s parent company, Charles Machine Works, for $700 million, a deal that allows Ditch Witch and other associated Charles Machine Works brands to access Toro’s reach and presence as a large international brand. Charles Machine Works is also the parent of several other underground-construction brands, including Subsite Electronics, DW/TXS, HammerHead, Radius HDD, American Augers, Trencor and MTI Equipment.

Among the company’s latest underground construction products are the RT80 Trencher and the JT24 Directional Drill. To help contractors centralize fleet and machine information, Ditch Witch launched the Stand-On Skid Steer, the HX30G Vacuum Excavator and the Orange Intel Fleet Management System. Ditch Witch’s factory is in Perry, Oklahoma, and the company has more than 1,400 employees. Its equipment is distributed through a worldwide dealer organization that operates in more than 100 countries through more than 170 locations.

Dura-Line Corporation

www.duraline.com
800-847-7661

Key Products: Conduit, cable-in-conduit, microducts, accessories

Summary: Dura-Line develops and manufactures high-density polyethylene conduits for protecting fiber optic, electrical and coaxial cables. It supplies fiber optic conduit and related products to telecom, data, cable TV, power and other markets. Customers include leading U.S. and international telephone and cable providers. Dura-Line developed the first ducts for installing and protecting fiber optic cables in 1981, introduced a complete line of fiber optic microduct products in 2001 and followed up in 2003 with FuturePath, a bundled package of microducts that can be installed the same way as traditional conduit. FuturePath allows up to 24 pathways in a single conduit, and the FuturePath Figure-8, introduced in 2018, allows bundling seven microducts into one conduit for aerial fiber. Other recent product releases include new conduit and microducts made from a low-smoke, zero-halogen material designed for use where smoke, toxic fumes and acidic gases pose risks. In February 2021, in response to the global COVID-19 crisis, Dura-Line’s parent company, Orbia, and the Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities), a city-led network to empower cities to advance the lives of urban dwellers, announced a partnership to produce innovative, long-term infrastructure investments that include connectivity. Dura-Line has 20 locations and 1,500-plus employees worldwide.

“Like others in the industry, we are seeing unprecedented demand from communities of all sizes for FTTH gigabit services and network deployment. Our teams are developing networks now for the delivery of multi-gigabit speeds to the end user because we expect it to become the standard for new networks within the next 12 months.”
– Dan Sivils, chief operating officer, GigabitNow

Dycom Industries

www.dycomind.com
561-627-7171

Key Products: Program and project management, engineering, construction, maintenance, installation services

Summary: Dycom provides specialty contracting services, including engineering, construction, program and project management, materials provisioning, installation and maintenance to telecommunications, cable MSOs and broadband providers throughout the U.S. Its subsidiaries provide services to construct, install, optimize and maintain communications facilities. The company offers a full suite of turnkey services for wireline and wireless networks, including planning, site identification and acquisition, architectural and engineering services, design, project management, materials purchasing and distribution, infrastructure and tower construction, equipment and antenna installation, cable placement and splicing, central office EF&I, commission, integration, residential and commercial installations, customer acquisition, locating services and maintenance.

AT&T, Comcast and Charter all recently awarded Dycom construction and fulfillment service contracts and extensions, and Dycom recently signed a rural fiber services contract covering two states. Dycom is also finding new opportunities to assist electric co-ops with their FTTH builds. Steven Nielsen, CEO of Dycom, noted in the company’s fiscal 2022 first-quarter call that fiber construction revenue from electrical utilities was $44.1 million in the quarter (5.9 percent of total revenue). He added that this activity increased organically 125 percent year-over-year. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with more than 14,000 employees, Dycom posted $3.3 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2020, up from $3.1 billion in 2019.

DZS

dzsi.com
877-946-6320

Key Products: 5G, network edge and cloud technologies, 10 Gbps PON, GPON and Wi-Fi gateways

Summary: DZS, formerly DASAN-Zhone, is having a worldwide growth spurt, in part because it’s an alternative to banned or restricted Chinese vendors and in part because it’s one of the few large vendors in cellular and fixed wireless as well as fiber broadband. By the close of 2020, its customers included 10 of the world’s top 25 wireline and wireless telecommunications service providers and six of the top 20 mobile service providers. Its Chronos intelligent converged edge mobile transport portfolio provides a range of fronthaul/midhaul/backhaul solutions. Its open software xHaul solutions feature flexible topologies and architectures, including O-RAN, across packet and optical transport technologies. Chronos, xHaul and the DZS Velocity can be jointly controlled from regional datacenter to headend, central office and cloud sites to network edge through its sdNOS network operating software. Communications analyst firm Omdia says DZS shipped more fiber OLT ports than any other U.S.-based supplier in 2020. DZS recently told investors it shipped more than 1.5 million mobile access ports as well.

Early this year, DZS raised $64 million in new investment to erase debt and help fund market expansion. Though it has always been a factor in the U.S. market, it is a regional leader in both broadband connectivity and 5G mobile transport in South Korea and Japan and has moved strongly into cloud-native, software-defined networking. In February, DZS acquired Optelian, specializing in 100 Gbps 5G mobile transport solutions. A month later, it acquired network control and automation innovator RIFT to build on the 20 million mobile and fixed broadband products DZS has deployed in more than 100 countries. Revenue in 2020 was $301 million. The new DZS headquarters in Plano, Texas, including an extensive engineering and customer lab facility, has been fully operational since March.

EPB Fiber Optics

www.epb.com
423-648-1372

Key Products: Voice, video, data and smart-grid services provided over a fiber optic network

Summary: EPB’s FTTP network is frequently cited as a national model for deploying a community-based fiber optic network accessible to every home and business in its 600-square-mile service area. A municipal utility serving the Chattanooga area, EPB pioneered a groundbreaking business plan combining a fiber optic network with cutting-edge smart-grid technology. In 2010, EPB became the first U.S. provider to launch a gig-speed internet service accessible to all its customers. EPB also uses the Chattanooga fiber optic network as the communications backbone for one of the most advanced and highly automated self-healing smart-grid power distribution systems in the U.S.

EPB’s smart grid reroutes power around storm damage and other disruptions to reduce outages by about 50 percent per year, which saves customers an estimated $50 million in annual losses associated with spoiled goods, lost productivity and other outage-related damages. A recent study by Bento Lobo, Ph.D., documents $2.69 billion in community benefit for Chattanooga during the first 10 years since EPB’s fiber optic deployment. Positive impacts include creating nearly 10,000 additional jobs (above normal growth), bridging the digital divide for students, reducing carbon emissions and participating in more than 100 national research projects testing smart-city technologies.

Today, EPB serves more than 120,000 homes and businesses. In addition to being the first to launch 1 Gbps speed, EPB also premiered the first 10 Gbps service available as a standard offer to all U.S. homes and businesses in 2015. From the start, all EPB internet services included unlimited data, symmetrical upload and download speeds, and customer service and tech support 24/7/365. In July 2020, EPB partnered with Hamilton County Schools and other community partners to launch HCS EdConnect, which provides broadband internet to families with students in need at no charge. Qualified families receive 100 Mbps speeds, professionally installed routers and full technical support – and they can keep the service for at least 10 years. EPB plans to raise funding to keep the program going indefinitely. EPB also launched EPB Broadband Solutions in 2018 to help other communities build fiber optic networks. In addition to offering expertise, EPB Broadband Solutions provides a range of services to reduce capital cost and financial risk while accelerating speed to market.

ESPi

www.espicorp.com
877-799-3774

Key Products: UPS equipment for fiber installations

Summary: Kansas-based ESPi manufactures several lines of UPS (uninterrupted power supply) equipment for FTTH installations. UPS backup equipment provides immediate protection against input power interruptions until power is restored. The company offers indoor and outdoor solutions as well as solar and hybrid units. ESPi’s UPS product line includes 12V NEO Indoor, 12V TITAN Outdoor, 12V TITAN Solar, 24V TITAN-24, 48V Mega TITAN, VOLTAR 2.0 Solar UPS, AC/DC Power adapters and other power supplies. The VOLTAR 2.0, an off-grid solar solution, supplies uninterruptible power to remote locations or anywhere utility power is not available. Available in 12V, 24V, 36V and 48V models, the VOLTAR 2.0 is the next-generation solar UPS. ESPi distributes its products through various partners, including Border States, United Tel-Supply, Graybar, KGP Logistics and Power & Tel. Founded in 2009 and based in Clay Center, Kansas, ESPi is privately owned.

ETI Software Solutions

www.etisoftware.com
770-242-3620; 800-332-1078

Key Products: Software products for managing broadband service activation, billing, device management and analytics

Summary: ETI Software Solutions specializes in operational software for service and subscriber provisioning, network configuration, inventory control and performance management for broadband service providers. Designed for fiber network operators, including municipalities, utilities and electric co-ops, Vision360 software features order entry and work order management, automated service provisioning, device inventory and device management, network management tools and advanced visual analytics to help maximize revenue.

Today, ETI Software is experiencing tremendous growth and momentum, led by its partnership with Microsoft and membership in TM Forum. This collaboration birthed a service-management platform that combines Microsoft Dynamics’ scalability, security and reliability with TM Forum standards and ETI’s expertise in device, subscriber and network management. Providers can now simplify the process of device and application integration, subscriber and service activation and consolidation of data to reduce costs, improve customer experiences and roll out next-generation services faster and more easily. ETI software provides a single point of control, enabling solutions that deliver new insights and more-personalized customer engagements spanning the full subscriber life cycle. With the creation of Dynamics 365 for Digital Service Providers, ETI offers enterprise-level capabilities to providers of all sizes, fulfilling the mission of putting subscribers at the center of the universe.

“I predict you will see more and more community broadband networks (including municipally owned and co-op/EMC-owned), especially through public-private partnerships. Big telcos historically have compiled all three in their offerings, but this is an incredibly inefficient business model. Because each telco owns its own infrastructure and competes for customers, the ROI is negatively affected. By only promoting the deployment of a single ‘agnostic’ physical network, the savings are expressed in lower prices, more extensive deployment or both.”
– Lee Comer, broadband engineering practice leader, Foresite Group

EXFO

www.exfo.com
418-683-0211; 800-663-3936

Key Products: Testing, monitoring and analytics solutions for the communications industry

Summary: EXFO, headquartered in Quebec, Canada, has offered testing, monitoring and analytics solutions for 35 years. The company has expertise in lab and field testing, providing solutions that automate FTTH testing and workflows to boost efficiency and subscriber quality of experience. EXFO’s FTTH test portfolio includes: fiber inspection solutions; OLTS, OTDR and iOLM, including CWDM and DWDM models; PON power meters; Ethernet protocol testers; and end-to-end monitoring solutions for the physical and service layers. In mid-2019, EXFO introduced the Optical Xplorer, an optical fiber multimeter that verifies optical links and automatically finds and identifies faults. Also announced was the Optical Wave Expert, a device that integrates DWDM channel power validation and intelligent OTDR fault-locating capabilities on a single port.

EXFO supports the end-to-end design to deployment ecosystem with test solutions for network equipment manufacturers and network operators alike. The company has been broadening its suite of 5G test tools and in 2020 expanded development of its cloud-native, AI-based Nova A|SA Adaptive Service Assurance platform. EXFO operates in more than 25 countries and counts 95 percent of the world’s top communications service providers as customers, including Openreach in the U.K. and eir in Ireland, which were announced within the last year. In fiscal 2020, EXFO reported revenue of $266 million.

Fiberdyne Labs

www.fiberdyne.com
315-895-8470; 800-894-9694

Key Products: Optical passive devices, multiplexers, fiber optic cable assemblies, termination boxes, FTTH drop cables, fiber testing and installation services

Summary: Fiberdyne Labs, Inc., established in 1992, is a manufacturer of stock and custom fiber optic products, including termination boxes, passive modules (WDM and fiber splitters), fiber jumpers, pigtails and MPO cables and cassettes. Recent product introductions include in-building fiber tracing tools, FTTH drop cables, various wavelength-division-multiplexing solutions and a new 1RU termination box. The company also offers fiber characterization testing and installation services nationwide. With its fiber characterization service, Fiberdyne can determine whether a fiber plant will support a provider’s network equipment and transmission speed. Its installation services include managing, terminating, troubleshooting and testing copper and fiber optic cabling. It also offers fiber optic splicing services to repair broken fiber optic cables or to splice on factory terminated pigtails. Headquartered in Frankfort, New York, Fiberdyne has 77 full-time employees.

Finley Engineering

www.finleyusa.com
800-225-9716

Key Products: Broadband network consulting, design and engineering services

Summary: Finley Engineering has 68 years of communications and electric power engineering experience and 30-plus years of experience with fiber communication and data projects. Finley works with organizations that provide fiber connections to improve quality of life and economic opportunities. The company has more than 250 employees nationwide and is one of the largest communications and network design companies in the U.S. Specializing in end-to-end engineering consulting, Finley works with telecom providers, electric cooperatives, municipalities and counties to find the best broadband strategies to fit specific needs. Every project starts with a strategic discussion regarding broadband and includes all stakeholders to gather critical information and perspectives. Finley’s approach is from start to finish – from the initial feasibility study to project completion. The company continues to specialize in helping clients secure rural broadband funding from grants and loans. In December 2020, Finley and CCG Consulting prepared the “Broadband Feasibility Report,” providing findings and recommendations for bringing better broadband to the electric service territory of the Farmington Electric Utility System.

Foresite Group

www.foresitegroup.net
770-368-1399

Key Products: Broadband engineering, wireless services

Summary: Foresite Group is a multidisciplinary engineering, planning, design and consulting firm providing collaborative services to public- and private-sector clients nationwide. Its broadband engineering practice area integrates expertise in fiber optic engineering services, management and consultation to provide comprehensive broadband connectivity programs to clients and communities. To understand each community’s unique needs, goals and capabilities, the company developed a four-phase program to include a community assessment, a broadband master plan, program implementation and technology master planning. Clients include Huntsville Utilities, UTOPIA Fiber, Verizon, Google Fiber and AT&T.

Foresite Group was instrumental in the Huntsville Utilities (HU) fiber infrastructure network buildout, in which HU designated fibers for its own use and smart-grid applications while leasing a portion to Google Fiber. The firm also completed high-level design for an institutional network for the city of New Orleans and the Foundation for Louisiana. Foresite Group is currently working with Northline Leander Development Company to provide fiber conduit consulting and design services as well as project management services for its mixed-use development. Headquartered in the Atlanta area, Foresite Group has 150 associates in 15 offices nationwide.

Fujitsu Network Communications

www.fujitsu.com/telecom
888-362-7763

Key Products: Consulting, solution design, deployment, integration, operation, project management, NOC services

Summary: Fujitsu Network Communications, based in Richardson, Texas, builds middle-mile and last-mile fiber and wireless networks, partnering with states, municipalities and utilities. The company works with customers or their consultants to plan, design, build, operate and maintain broadband networks, delivering custom, end-to-end network integration. Fujitsu offers a vendor-agnostic approach to provide turnkey solutions for FTTx implementations with the best of multivendor wireline, wireless and software technology. It has served as a prime integrator for high-profile projects that include an FTTH deployment by Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos, New Mexico, and a middle-mile network for Horizon Telcom in southern and eastern Ohio. Another key project was serving as prime network integrator for municipal broadband provider FairlawnGig; Fujitsu currently maintains the network. A recent online survey revealed overall customer satisfaction with FairlawnGig is 94 percent. Traverse City (Michigan) Light & Power also tapped Fujitsu, launching a gigabit broadband service for businesses, public facilities and residents in fall 2019.

With remote work and schooling on the rise, Fujitsu deployed several new networks in 2020 and 2021, including a 53-mile FTTH network for Craig-Botetourt Rural Election in New Castle, Virginia. Valley TeleCom Group in Wilcox, Arizona, deployed the Fujitsu 1Finity optical networking platform and Virtuora Network Controller, enabling its existing network to support higher bandwidth and software-defined operations and management. A similar deployment was made for Pioneer Communications in southwestern Kansas. Fujitsu Network Communications is a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, a global information and communications technology company based in Japan, offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services in more than 100 countries. Fujitsu Limited, which has approximately 130,000 employees, reported consolidated revenues of $33.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2021.

GEOGRAPH Technologies

www.geograph.tech
800-674-4803

Key Products: GIS-based software and support for designing, planning, mapping and managing fiber, copper and coaxial networks

Summary: Built for Esri’s platform, GEOGRAPH’s CrescentLink software empowers users to advance projects from design and staking to complete 360-degree views of their networks. Users can track and manage equipment, individual cable strands, splices, poles, pedestals, hand holes, panels and every connection right down to the port level. CrescentLink includes design, construction, staking, reporting, cost estimation and project management – all within GIS. GEOGRAPH FourSevens is a free tool for broadband providers to submit the FCC Form 477 by parsing feature classes and generating the required CSV file. The company shares its expertise with organizations looking to plan and build out network assets, audit and inventory existing assets and migrate data to a GIS platform. GEOGRAPH works with a wide range of customers, from local government entities to telecoms, utilities and universities. GEOGRAPH was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Clemson, South Carolina.

“The trenchless market will continue to have a solid future. The need for telecommunications and power is immense and trenchless is a preferred way to install these utilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an eye-opener and is certain to create greater urgency around the need to ramp up data connectivity.”
– Dave Wisniewski, vice president, commercialization, Vermeer Corporation

GigabitNow

www.gigabitnow.com
866-748-8066

Key Products: FTTH network solutions and internet services, including design, construction, operations, connectivity and customer support

Summary: GigabitNow offers communities of all sizes fast, reliable, affordable fiber internet without bandwidth caps and free from privacy worries or service constraints. The company offers customized solutions, including full turnkey services, for the development, construction, operations, support and delivery of gigabit fiber internet networks. GigabitNow concentrates on providing gigabit-class networks and services to unserved and underserved municipalities, multi-tenant buildings and private (including senior living) communities. GigabitNow lit large sections of Fullerton, California, in 2020 as part of its FiberCity project with SiFi Networks and started working with customers in neighboring communities on new connectivity services. It announced a new project for Placentia, California, in June of this year. Several other FiberCity projects with SiFi are underway, including in Salem, Massachusetts – GigabitNow’s first residential/business deployment on the East Coast. The company is also deploying new FTTH community networks in Oregon and Arizona. Founded in 1991, GigabitNow is a division of IsoFusion, one of the largest privately held, full-service ISPs and co-location providers in the Pacific Northwest.

GLDS

www.glds.com
800-882-7950

Key Products: Software for broadband customer management, billing, provisioning and workforce management

Summary: Since 1980, GLDS has helped small operators look big by providing flexible billing and management software at affordable prices – including cloud-based options that require a much smaller investment. Partnering with major equipment suppliers, GLDS supports FTTH, IPTV, DOCSIS, OTT, LTE, wireless and legacy delivery systems and native (not DOCSIS) provisioning for Calix, ADTRAN, Nokia and other FTTH platforms. The company has installed solutions for more than 800 small and midsize broadband operators (12 new ones added in 2020), including FTTH, cable, satellite and wireless operators ranging from small startups to providers with more than 550,000 customers.

GLDS has offices in California, Wisconsin, Alabama and Lithuania and supports operators in all U.S. states except Delaware and 47 countries worldwide. Key products include BroadHub for billing and customer management (by salespeople, both in person and remotely) and SuperController for automated provisioning. MyBroadbandMarket allows operators to win new subscribers 24/365 by providing a virtual salesperson that can take customers through an online shopping, self-subscribing “mall.” GLDS hosts the platform, maintains security certificates and ensures PA-DSS compliance requirements, but it appears as part of any service provider’s online presence. WinForce tech, a mobile workforce management platform, empowers field techs with tools previously available only to office staff. The GLDS best-of-suite approach ensures that critical features come pre-integrated, eliminating the need for expensive, lengthy development timelines.

GoNetspeed

www.gonetspeed.com
855-891-7291

Key Products: Voice, video and gigabit internet services

Summary: Headquartered in Rochester, New York, GoNetspeed serves residential and small-business customers on its high-speed fiber optic network. The company was founded by Frank Chiaino, who formed Fibertech Networks, a company that built more than 14,000 miles of fiber network across the Northeast. It launched services late in 2017 and, during the first six months of 2018, built 100 miles of network across 13 towns in two states, serving more than 30,000 homes. In 2018, GoNetspeed began building fiber in West Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport, Connecticut, providing residential customers and small businesses access to internet speeds up to 1 Gbps. This year, the company announced its commitment to expand to neighborhoods spanning approximately 17,000 households in parts of West Hartford, Rocky Hill, Bristol and Plainville, Connecticut, and completed the first part of its expansion in Hamden and North Haven, Connecticut, allowing more than 1,000 homes to schedule GoNetspeed installation. The company also completed its expansion in the Fairfield Beach area, making service available to more than 3,600 homes. In Pennsylvania, GoNetspeed constructed an initial footprint in select areas of Pittsburgh and plans to quickly expand to nearby communities as part of its multiyear, multimillion-dollar private investment. In tandem with its aggressive network buildout strategy, GoNetspeed takes an unusual approach to customer care and pricing. It offers 24/7 customer support and a lifetime price pledge guaranteeing that for the entire time a resident is a customer in its service territory, GoNetspeed will not raise its monthly internet fee.

Graybar

www.graybar.com
800-GRAYBAR (472-9227)

Key Products: PON electronics, fiber cabinets and enclosures, fiber optic cable, fiber splice closures and pedestals, DC power, fiber terminals

Summary: Graybar is a North American distributor of products and materials for telecommunications and other industries. FTTH and related solutions represent a significant portion of Graybar’s broadband business. Independent telephone companies and cooperatives, competitive exchange carriers, municipalities, rural electric cooperatives, contractors, wireless companies and cable operators all depend on Graybar. In December 2020, Graybar completed its acquisition of Shingle & Gibb Automation, a provider of automation and control solutions to industrial users and original equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1869 as Gray and Barton, Graybar sells thousands of items from major manufacturers; its value-added services include kitting and integrated solutions. Graybar observed its 150th anniversary and 90 years of employee ownership in 2019. A Fortune 500 company with net sales of $7.3 billion in 2020, Graybar employs 8,200 people at 292 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. It is one of North America’s largest and oldest employee-owned companies.

Greenlight Networks

www.greenlightnetworks.com
585-351-6600; 716-919-4300

Key Product: High-speed internet services

Summary: Founded in 2011 in Rochester, New York, Greenlight Networks is an ultra-high-speed broadband service provider that builds, owns and operates its fiber optic networks. It offers residential and small-business customers internet speeds up to 2 Gbps. Since Tom Golisano acquired a controlling interest in Greenlight Networks in mid-2018, the provider has tripled its staff and brought high-speed fiber internet to nearly 50,000 homes in 13 municipalities. Last year, Greenlight Networks announced an agreement with the City of Buffalo to lay its fiber broadband network. Service is expected to be available to nearly 10,000 homes across the Buffalo-Niagara region by the end of 2021. This year, Greenlight Networks signed an agreement to acquire Plexicomm, a Binghamton-based internet solutions provider. The partnership will bring high-speed fiber internet services to residents and businesses in Binghamton and across the greater Broome and Tioga County areas. In May, the FCC approved Greenlight Networks to participate in its Emergency Broadband Benefit program. It subsidizes broadband services for eligible households as part of the federal government’s efforts to reduce expenses for those struggling due to the pandemic.

GVTC

www.gvtc.com
830-885-4411; 800-367-4882

Key Products: Internet, cable TV, smart-home security, phone

Summary: GVTC, an independent ISP, delivers high-speed internet, cable TV, smart-home security and phone to residential and business customers in far northern San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and South-Central Texas. Today, more than 80 percent of GVTC’s service area has FTTH capability, with more expansion projects in the pipeline. In early 2019, GVTC simplified its FTTH offerings with a new tier structure featuring standard symmetrical speeds of up to 250 Mbps, with options to upgrade to 500 Mbps and 1 Gbps. Later, GVTC launched a premium Wi-Fi service with a Wi-Fi 6 router and a mobile app to control and customize subscribers’ Wi-Fi experiences. To date, GVTC has installed nearly 10,000 new routers. As of March 2020, GVTC ranked No. 1 nationwide among all U.S. internet service providers on the Netflix ISP Speed Index.

A key element of GVTC’s fiber buildout strategy is ongoing collaboration with the local economic development agencies and municipalities that use its fiber network to recruit and retain businesses. For example, GVTC built out fiber across Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales, Texas, in partnership with the cities to make them attractive destinations for residents and businesses and is working with other nearby communities on similar fiber expansion partnerships. In March, GVTC achieved a net promoter score (NPS) of +44, up from +28 in 2020, for its Premium Wi-Fi Service using the full Calix Revenue Edge solution. This puts GVTC in the same category as companies such as Apple and Target, far above the norm for the telecommunications industry. To support the community, in 2021 GVTC awarded $185,000 in scholarships to local students through the GVTC Foundation. Scholarship categories include leadership, volunteerism and vocational/technical. In addition, GVTC awarded funds from its Capital Credits program for students in need. Located in New Braunfels, Texas, GVTC has 224 employees.

“Becoming a subscriber-centric organization is what’s driving much of the network transformation of telecommunication service providers. Having a single system with geospatial information, network and device information, and subscriber information all in one view unlocks the potential for proactive insights that everyone is dreaming about.”
– Jeff Fraleigh, president, ETI Software

Henkels & McCoy Group

www.henkels.com
888-HENKELS (436-5357)

Key Products: Planning, design, engineering, project management, construction, operations management, installation

Summary: Founded in 1923, Henkels & McCoy Group (HMG) is an industry-leading utility engineering and construction firm and FTTH pioneer. With expertise in state-of-the-art fiber optic technologies, HMG offers end-to-end solutions that address bandwidth needs, provide built-in future capacity, and deliver reliable, robust broadband connections that drive economic growth and prosperity in rural and urban communities. Capabilities include feasibility studies, project management, construction management, implementation of outside plant and inside plant, and underground and aerial construction. The parent company of Henkels & McCoy Inc., HMI Services, and H&M Shared Services, HMG has more than 50 offices across the country, employing more than 5,000 highly skilled professionals. HMG supports municipalities and utility customers, as well as government agencies, educational and health care facilities. The company has been recognized with an E.I. DuPont Safety Excellence Award and is a founding member of the Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership. The firm is ready with the expertise and resources to connect U.S. homes with dependable internet connectivity at the speed of light.

Hotwire Communications

www.hotwirecommunications.com
800-409-4733; 800-355-5668

Key Products: Residential, commercial and municipal high-speed data; network management; Wi-Fi solutions; security; whole unit/home automation; digital voice and HD IPTV video services

Summary: Hotwire Communications, founded in 2000, is one of the largest and oldest independent providers of fiber-to-the-premises communications solutions in the U.S. It began using 100 percent fiber optics for all new projects in 2002 and delivering fiber to the home and IPTV in 2006. It provides services to private residential communities, condominiums, apartments, hotels, multi-tenant commercial buildings, government buildings, student housing and senior and assisted living facilities. Hotwire Communications operations now include a majority of the Northern and Southeastern U.S., including Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Ohio, and new states are added to the company’s growing network annually. Hotwire fully owns its fully redundant fiber backbone network, which is monitored year-round. The company designs, builds and operates telecommunications and in-home entertainment services as a competitive local exchange carrier and franchised cable operator under its Fision brand. Residential services include ultra-high-speed data, HD IPTV, VoIP and advanced home automation solutions.

In 2014, Hotwire became the first residential gigabit internet provider in Florida. Last year, it provided a 10 Gbps symmetrical connection to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach – one of the fastest hotel connections in the world. It completed a 10 Gbps network (scalable to 100 Gbps) for the Miami Beach Convention Center and was selected to operate the municipal fiber optic network in Salisbury, North Carolina. Already operating in more than 600 communities, it announced a partnership and new investment from Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and Blackstone Infrastructure Partners this spring, pledging aggressive new deployments throughout the country. In 2020, Hotwire launched the Empowering Communities Foundation, a charitable arm of the company committed to bringing broadband internet services to underserved communities. Hotwire Communications is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

InfiniSys Multifamily Technology

www.rrh.com
386-236-1500

Key Products: Telecommunications network design for multifamily buildings, technology amenity engineering

Summary: Since 1990, MDU owners have called on InfiniSys, a company that focuses on building multifamily electronic architectures, to differentiate their communities. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, the firm represents developers and property owners in negotiations with service providers and low-voltage contractors nationwide and oversees projects for financial stakeholders. As an independent technology consultant and developer, InfiniSys creates comprehensive, standards-based amenity solutions that include IoT, entertainment, access control, video surveillance, digital signage and messaging, energy management and leisure-space control systems for new and existing apartments, condominiums, student housing, senior housing, hotels, mixed-use developments and master-planned communities. The thousands of projects InfiniSys has undertaken since its inception (more than 500,000 living units) have garnered many awards for forward-thinking solutions and exceptional customer support. InfiniSys works with electronics and infrastructure manufacturers, software developers and public and private service providers to create new products and service offerings, including IoT solutions. It developed and successfully trademarked both the NetworkedApartment and SmartApartment design brands.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

www.ilsr.org; www.MuniNetworks.org
612-276-3456

Key Products: Broadband policy research and municipal broadband advocacy

Summary: The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has a vision of thriving, diverse, equitable communities. It builds local power to fight corporate control and partners with allies across the country to build an American economy driven by local priorities that is accountable to people and the planet. The Community Broadband Networks Initiative focuses on local policies that can ensure fast, affordable, reliable internet access for everyone. It runs MuniNetworks.org, an important source of information and analysis about local solutions with a focus on municipal and cooperative ownership structures. ILSR’s publications, including its MuniNetworks.org blog, toolkit and weekly podcast that covers broadband and more (Community Broadband Bits and Connect This! on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere) have been instrumental in showing communities that controlling their broadband destinies is feasible and has the potential to improve local economies and quality of life. In cooperation with NEO Partners, ILSR has a service called the Community Network Quickstart Program (https://cnquickstart.com) for communities considering deploying or extending their broadband networks. The idea is to provide communities with realistic options, costs and basic background information for a variety of deployment options, including fiber and wireless. The program is not meant to replace consulting and engineering studies but offers a basis for considering whether to apply for grants or fund a more detailed look.

Inteleconnect

www.inteleconnect.com
734-604-1563

Key Products: Service provider negotiations, financial feasibility plans, fiber infrastructure design, consultation, situation analysis

Summary: Founded in 1998, Inteleconnect develops telecommunications strategies for municipalities; colleges and universities; mixed-use developments and small, medium and large businesses. The company designs and manages service-provider-neutral networks (it designed, implemented and works with CLight, a dark fiber network in South Bend, Indiana); negotiates in-building distributed antenna systems for such institutions as Clemson University, Nemours Children’s Hospital and Lake Nona Medical City; and negotiates telecommunications service contracts to enable advanced internet, cable TV and telephone networks. Projects include mixed-use developments, such as Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia; Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Florida; Mission Valley in San Diego; and Playa Vista in Los Angeles.

IQGeo

www.iqgeo.com
720-577-4732; 385-501-7155

Key Products: Geospatial software that supports enterprise sales, planning, design, construction and maintenance processes for telecom and utility network operators

Summary: IQGeo partners with telecoms and utility network operators to deploy enterprise-side geospatial solutions that improve operational productivity and collaborations. The company has a cloud/mobile-first software strategy that is moving it toward an SaaS model. Recently, the company released Network Manager and Workflow Manager plus the 6.0 IQGeo platform. IQGeo’s transition to a subscription-based revenue model saw significant progress in 2020, with more than 90 percent of software orders using subscription pricing. In December 2020, IQGeo completed its acquisition of OSPInsight International, a company offering fiber planning and design software solution for the telecom market. The acquisition brought IQGeo a new market of smaller Tier-3, Tier-4 and private network operators, such as universities, and a customer base of more than 200 fiber network operators. Headquartered in Cambridge, England, IQGeo posted revenue of $12.6 million in 2020, up from $10.8 million in 2019. With 50,000 active users and more than 260 telecom and utility customers, IQGeo markets its products in North America, Europe and Japan.

“There come times in our lives where big ideas and innovation is needed, far beyond what we have accomplished as stand-alone contributors or companies. Where our endeavors up until now will no longer yield the results needed to bridge the digital divide. We are now at that time, and the way to get this done is to innovate together, collaborate openly, and challenge each other’s ideas so that when it is done, we can look back and be truly proud of achieving what we thought originally was not possible.”
– Paul Sulisz, CEO, Biarri Networks

Keller and Heckman

www.khlaw.com
202-434-4100

Key Products: Legal services, public policy advocacy

Summary: Keller and Heckman is an international law firm with a broad practice in regulatory law, public policy and litigation. From offices in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Paris; Brussels and Shanghai, it represents global companies and trade associations servicing a range of industries, including telecommunications. Keller and Heckman is a pioneer in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to solving problems and has an in-house scientific staff that works closely with the attorneys on matters of technical complexity. Baller Stokes & Lide merged into Keller and Heckman in 2020, adding its long, consistent record of supporting the use of advanced broadband to drive the development of economically strong local communities. The firm represents public and private entities in a broad range of wired and (increasingly) wireless communications matters, both nationally and in more than 40 states. For the last two decades, the Baller firm has worked on many leading public and public-private communications projects in the U.S. and has participated in most of the federal- and state-level battles involving restrictions on local internet choice. As founder and president of the U.S. Broadband Coalition, Jim Baller played a leading role in forging a national consensus on the need for a national broadband strategy and on the framework for such a strategy. He is co-founder and president of the 600-member Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), which works to preserve and protect the right of local governments to make the critical broadband infrastructure decisions that will affect their communities for decades to come.

KGPCo

www.kgpco.com
800-755-1950; 800-328-5142

Key Products: Equipment for wireline and wireless networks; inventory management, logistics, site development, sourcing, supply chain management

Summary: Founded in 1973, KGPCo provides network transformation and supply chain solutions for the communications industry in U.S. and Canadian markets. The company enables customers to build, optimize and transform their networks by providing a single brand to deliver a complement of network solutions. The largest communications product distribution and service solution provider in the U.S., KGPCo combines a suite of technical strategy and implementation services with a global logistics network and a portfolio of technology partnerships. The company’s Solution Innovation Center evaluates, designs and engineers cloud, virtualization and disaggregated solutions developed and operationalized in the live network environment. KGPCo is headquartered in Faribault, Minnesota.

Last Mile Communications

www.lastmile.net
239-202-2975

Key Products: Management partnering, consulting and capital-funding services

Summary: Last Mile Communications (LMC), an international telecommunications management partnering and consulting firm, offers telecom and cable customers experience across technology, sales and marketing, customer relations, finance and accounting, government and investor relations, business administration, programmer and vendor relations, and executive-level management. Among its top telecom and cable clients are Altice USA, Comporium, C Spire, Liberty Global, Lumen and TDS Telecom. It also works directly with several high-profile investment and banking firms, including AIG, Argus Capital, Deutsche Bank, M/C Partners, Moorgate Securities, Morgan Stanley and UBS. LMC offers three service lines: management partnering, consulting and capital funding. LMC personnel manage the delivery of broadband services, data management and mobile communications. The company’s consulting arm specializes in providing hands-on industry expertise to private-equity investors, investment banks, institutional investors, broadband operators and telcos. It can also raise capital to start, and continue and enhance the growth of broadband and telecommunications opportunities.

Several of LMC’s clients have actively expanded their networks via acquisitions and targeted fiber builds throughout 2020. LMC provided technical and operations diligence and advisory services to Boston Omaha Corporation (BOC), M/C Partners and Moorgate Securities. One of its most active partners was M/C Partners, which acquired three fiber and broadband wireless properties in 2020: Bel Air Internet (BAI), AerioConnect and Metro Fiber. By combining BAI with AerioConnect and Metro Fiber’s assets, M/C will create one of the largest ISPs focused on multifamily residential customers in the greater Los Angeles market. The company also provided technical and operations diligence and advisory services to BOC, which acquired Utah Broadband, a family-owned broadband fiber and fixed wireless internet service provider that offers services to 10,000 customers throughout Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, Provo and surrounding Utah communities. Another notable deal was Altice USA’s acquisition of Morris Broadband. LMC’s client, Moorgate Securities, acted as financial advisor to Morris Broadband. Outside the U.S., LMC completed its broadband services analysis review project for Fortress Investment Group Japan GK, headquartered in Tokyo. The project entailed a broadband operational and technical review of a managed network operating in more than 36,000 properties serving more than 570,000 apartment units spread throughout Japan. To date, LMC has served clients in more than 50 countries. With operational headquarters in Newtown, Connecticut, Last Mile Connections has satellite headquarters in London, England, and Bucharest, Romania.

Lumos Networks / NorthState

www.lumosnetworks.com; www.northstate.net
855-465-8667

Key Products: High-speed residential and business-class broadband internet, managed Wi-Fi, digital television and digital voice services

Summary: Lumos Networks/NorthState is a fiber-based ILEC and part of Segra, one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the U.S. As part of Segra’s sale of its commercial business to Cox Communications, EQT Infrastructure retains ownership of the Lumos Networks and NorthState residential and small to medium-size business operations and support it as a stand-alone company. In late 2019, Segra acquired NorthState, a provider of high-speed bandwidth services in the fast-growing Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The telco has provided integrated telecommunications services to rural Virginia markets since 1897, and the portfolio includes high-speed residential and business-class broadband internet, digital television, digital telephone and managed Wi-Fi services. Local, professional customer care supports the full suite of services.

An early FTTH and IPTV pioneer, Lumos was the first in its markets to provide high-definition IPTV services and the first to reach 20 Mbps broadband speed, which it followed with its 1 Gbps service. More than half the company’s ILEC network is now fiber-based. In addition to offering 1 Gbps services, Lumos recently doubled the speeds in its Essential and Premium broadband internet service packages. Customers who choose the Essentials package get 150 Mbps download speed, and the Premium package now supports 300 Mbps.

Following the debut of its symmetrical gigabit broadband services, Lumos adopted ADTRAN’s 10G fiber-access portfolio to deploy networkwide 10 Gbps fiber service for business customers. Initially, Lumos will offer tiered symmetrical speed profiles of 2, 4 and 8 Gbps and plans to increase speed profiles on the same ADTRAN platform. Lumos provides FTTH service both within the ILEC territory and strategically in areas outside the ILEC, where it has captured many MDUs, commercial businesses and mixed-use developments. In January 2021, the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative awarded a grant of $1.4 million to Lumos and Boteourt County to expand fiber in the county. The project will bring high-speed internet to 548 new addresses, including 30 businesses. Lumos also expanded its fiber network to an additional 900 homes in Covington, Virginia. As the COVID-19 crisis drove more people and students to conduct work and learning in their homes, Lumos enhanced current customer download speeds by three times to 75 Mbps on its Basic 25 Mbps Fiber Internet package. There is no charge for the higher bandwidth tier, and customers are automatically upgraded.

“We stand at a point of true digital transformation, which will redefine our daily lives. Optical fiber stands at the foundation, and only through a deep, dense fiber infrastructure can we achieve the symmetrical gigabit broadband necessary to enable remote work, e-learning, telehealth and so much more.”
– Seán Adam, vice president, market strategy and innovation, AFL

LUS Fiber

www.lusfiber.com
337-993-4237

Key Product: Municipal fiber network provider

Summary: LUS Fiber is a municipal fiber network owned and operated by Lafayette, Louisiana, as a public utility. The network delivers internet, phone and TV at speeds up to 10 Gbps to businesses and residents in the greater Lafayette area. Recently, LUS Fiber expanded its services into Carencro, a Lafayette suburb, as a part of an ongoing effort to bring fiber to every city in Lafayette Parish. In February 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration in partnership with the Acadiana Planning Commission awarded LUS Fiber a $3.1 million grant. It will fund the expansion of LUS Fiber’s network in Lafayette, St. Martin and Iberia parishes, allowing the construction of 47 miles of fiber backbone along Highway 90 between Lafayette and Iberia parishes. LUS Fiber is also participating in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to help lower the cost of high-speed internet for eligible households in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible LUS Fiber customers can reduce their monthly home internet bills up to $50 per month.

Magellan Advisors

www.magellan-advisors.com
888-960-5299

Key Products: Broadband and telecom planning, deployment and management services

Summary: Headquartered in Denver, Magellan Advisors offers services from project inception and engineering to implementation and continuing operations. Magellan helps communities (including tribal communities) identify opportunities, value assets, and negotiate and forge public-private and public-public partnerships. Services include smart-city consulting, comprehensive community broadband planning, fiber master planning, financial planning, funds sourcing, business modeling, design engineering, telecommunications master planning, and deployment and project management for governments, municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and private organizations. Magellan’s portfolio includes more than 400 engagements for city, county, state, federal and private broadband projects. Clients range from national, regional and tribal governments to new, master-planned communities, large cities and small rural communities.

Recent projects include a regional broadband plan for the Northern Arizona Council of Governments Economic and Workforce Development; broadband engineering planning for the Ewiiaapaayp group of Kumeyaay Indians in San Diego County, California; strategic planning for expanding broadband throughout the Marin County region, in partnership with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments and American Dark Fiber; connecting the 40 schools in the Hillsboro School District in Colorado with gigabit fiber; conducting a broadband feasibility study for Skykomish, Washington; and conducting a statewide fiber engineering study and cost estimates used by Vermont’s Department of Public Service to propose up to $300 million of statewide grants and subsidies to bring high-speed internet to rural Vermont. Magellan’s projects have led to more than $1 billion of investments in broadband networks that connect more than 1,000 schools, hospitals, libraries and government facilities and pass nearly 1 million homes and businesses with fiber and wireless broadband services.

Mapcom Systems

www.mapcom.com
804-743-1860

Key Products: Software for visual operations, workforce management and service assurance

Summary: Mapcom Systems offers a visualization-based approach to FTTH operations and management. Its M4 Solutions Suite encompasses the FTTH life cycle from PON or active network design and feasibility analysis through day-to-day plant/facility assignment and network maintenance and management. It maps both outside and inside plant at physical and logical levels. Providers use the M4 Solutions Suite to model their networks and service areas, integrating and correlating data from billing, accounting, GPS tracking, element management, network monitoring and vehicle-tracking applications in a visual interface. Using the suite in conjunction with M4 Workforce and M4 Process Manager technology, staff can communicate via mobile devices to handle trouble tickets, service orders, field locations and permitting. This year, Beacon Broadband and SEI Fiber began implementing Mapcom’s M4 Solutions Suite, and Ritter Communications chose M4 as its broadband network system of record.

In 2020, Mapcom clients received more than $80 million in a second round of broadband funding from the USDA’s ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with a staff of more than 100, Mapcom has worked since 1971 with independents, cooperatives, fiber communities and campus telecommunications providers across the U.S., Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.

MasTec North America

www.mastec.com
305-599-1800

Key Products: FTTx deployment, outside-plant cabling, engineering, inside-plant construction and installation, joint trench systems, splicing, testing, systems integration, fulfillment, maintenance

Summary: MasTec provides engineering, design, construction and maintenance services for wireline and wireless communications infrastructure, including cell tower construction, fiber optic cable installation, wireline construction and emergency maintenance services across the country. The company enhanced its workforce to meet ongoing last-mile FTTH and upcoming 5G wireless demands. MasTec’s fiber business focuses on two initiatives: deploying high-speed services to homes mainly through fiber and building fiber backbones to support wireless backhaul and fronthaul services in anticipation of upcoming 5G network builds. Having seen what it says is “considerable backlog related to this initiative,” MasTec expects significant growth in these areas as it goes from early-stage engineering into construction. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, MasTec can supply crews and equipment to its customers 24/7. The company, which has nearly 22,000 employees, reported 2020 revenue of $6.3 billion.

“The last year has made it clear that access to high-speed internet has the power to change lives and communities, and that rural Americans have been caught on the wrong side of the digital divide. Electric cooperatives, with their commitment to make life better for those they serve, and their ability to deliver world-class fiber broadband affordably, hold the key to creating long-overdue broadband equality for those in rural communities.”
– Randy Klindt, partner, Conexon

Michels Power, Inc.

www.michels.us
920-583-3132

Key Products: Fiber optic network construction, including outside-plant construction, structured cabling and fiber splicing and testing

Summary: In 1983, family-owned Michels, based in Brownsville, Wisconsin, became one of the first companies to construct fiber lines. Today, Michels Power, Inc., one of the Michels Family of Companies, builds thousands of miles of fiber optic and broadband networks each year. Michels is a full-service construction company with clients that include oil and gas, other utilities and more. It serves all sectors of the communications industry – local telephone companies, broadband and cable TV providers, schools and enterprises. The company’s construction design and management services include all phases of inside- and outside-plant engineering, including plowing, trenching, splicing, terminating, testing, constructing aerial lines, directional boring, rail plowing, installing cable, conducting site work and providing FTTx solutions. In addition, it assists clients with forecasting growth, verifying existing facilities, investigating potential migration strategies and estimating costs of numerous deployment options. For 2020, Michels ranked 28th on Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 400 Contractors list – the 16th year it has placed in the top 100. Last year, the company billed $3 billion in all lines of business. Michels has 8,000 employees and more than 40 regional offices throughout the U.S..

Mid-State Consultants

www.mscon.com
435-623-8601

Key Product: Communications engineering services

Summary: Mid-State Consultants (MSC) provides communications engineering services for telephone, data and video networks. MSC services a broad clientele, including local exchange carriers, RBOCs, interexchange carriers, competitive access providers, ISPs, cellular operators, communities, utilities and CATV operators. Services include design and project management for FTTH projects as well as CAD/GIS mapping, conversion and construction supervision, growth forecasting, verification of existing facilities, investigation of potential migration strategies and cost estimates. The company is headquartered in Nephi, Utah, and has seven regional offices throughout the U.S.

Multilink

www.gomultilink.com
440-366-6966

Key Products: Fiber distribution and cable management solutions, connectors, splice enclosures and cabinets; MDU enclosures; raceway and pathway solutions

Summary: A manufacturer of telecommunications network components, Multilink, founded in 1983, focuses on fiber-management solutions. Multilink’s customers include independent telcos, RBOCs, utilities, local area network providers and cable MSOs. Its products are designed to meet the needs of both legacy plant and new technology applications. The company’s engineering staff works closely with customers to develop innovative designs and application-oriented products to provide cost-effective solutions. Recent product introductions include the Surelight H-IP, a fiber optic drop-cable solution with a field-installable application that has an OptiTap-compatible connector. In 2019, Multilink was granted new patents for fiber optic drop-cable assembly and preconnectorized cable assembly. In 2020, it introduced a new fiber optical terminal connect closure. Based in Elyria, Ohio, Multilink is a partner in Elyria Works Now, a public/private program to train local residents for high-paying manufacturing jobs. Multilink is privately owned and has 200 employees.

NEO Connect

www.neoconnect.us
970-309-3500

Key Products: Consulting, feasibility studies, grants and funding advice; design and engineering services

Summary: NEO Connect advises clients about grant and funding opportunities, acquisitions, consulting, feasibility studies and engineering services for broadband networks. Working with more than 200 local-government clients across the U.S. and Canada, it has a track record for improving broadband and building smart-city networks, allowing communities to create resilient platforms for economic development and infrastructure projects. Notable projects last year included working with DMEA, an electric cooperative serving Colorado’s Delta and Montrose counties, to build gigabit fiber (NEO wrote the grant application and coordinated all financing efforts for $2.2 million from the state); identifying more than a dozen potential new community and state partnerships for the network NEO originally designed for Denver’s school district; and writing a feasibility study and broadband plan for a joint project for Greeley and Windsor, Colorado, surrounded by larger cities already implementing gigabit strategies. Over the past few years, NEO has helped close acquisitions and investments that totaled more than $135 million in funding for three service providers. Founder and CEO Diane Kruse has 25 years of experience in the broadband industry and has served as board chair of the Fiber to the Home Council (now Fiber Broadband Association).

“Although 2020 was an unprecedented year, it changed the way the world thinks about broadband and energy. COVID-19 presented many challenges and an opportunity to bring awareness to the digital divide.”
– Mike Boehne, president and CEO, Finley

Nex-Tech

www.nex-tech.com
785-567-4281; 877-625-7872

Key Products: Internet, video, voice, mobile, home security and business services

Summary: Nex-Tech was an early FTTP pioneer with its first fiber build in Hill City, Kansas, in 1996. Initially launched as the CLEC subsidiary of Rural Telephone Cooperative, the parent company eventually took Nex-Tech as its name. Since then, Nex-Tech has deployed fiber to more than 60 rural communities and underserved areas in Kansas. The telco continues to expand its network in rural areas of Kansas and is currently building FTTP in Great Bend, Kansas. Over its FTTP network, Nex-Tech delivers up to 1 Gbps internet speeds, streaming TV, home security, and local and long-distance phone service. The telco also provides business solutions, including cloud services, cloud phone, network security, managed IT, physical security and surveillance, advertising solutions and network operations monitoring. Nex-Tech supports customers with stores in more than 20 locations, a full-service help desk and a 24-hour Network Operations Center. By acquiring Cordell in 2019, Nex-Tech gained a suite of network solutions for alarms management, engineering and network operations management.

Recently Nex-Tech received two funding grants that allowed it to make acquisitions and expand high-speed broadband access in rural Kansas. In October 2020, the company was awarded $800,000 in SPARKS relief funding from the Kansas Department of Commerce. In March 2021, Nex-Tech received an $874,000 Broadband Access Grant (BAG) from the Kansas Department of Commerce, which is being used to expand high-speed internet access in rural areas of Kansas. The BAG grant also was used to acquire Vic Innovations, which provides internet, voice services and web hosting in the Kansas towns of Atwood, McDonald and Bird City and in surrounding rural areas. Many rural Kansas counties will continue to benefit from these grants. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nex-Tech launched a Continuous Learning Initiative that works with schools to provide connectivity to unserved students learning at home. Headquartered in Lenora, Kansas, Nex-Tech has delivered service for more than 70 years.

Nokia / Nokia Networks

www.nokia.com

Key Products: Wireline and wireless network equipment, software for network management, IoT technology, cloud solutions

Summary: Nokia, headquartered in Espoo, Finland, is a major wireless and wireline network equipment provider. It has a global presence with operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The company is organized into four business groups structured around customer offerings: Mobile Networks, Network Infrastructure, Cloud and Network Services and Nokia Technologies. The fixed networks business is part of its Network Infrastructure group and includes fiber, fixed wireless access and xDSL upgrades. In 2020, Nokia introduced the industry’s first 25G PON technology. However, it also remains a market leader in copper technologies, such as VDSL and G.fast, and has taken a leading position in the growing 4G and 5G fixed wireless access market, with more than 90 trials and 37 deployments. Its Quillion chipset powers next-generation fiber and copper solutions and has more than 100 customers.

Many providers use Nokia technology to deliver 10 Gbps fiber services. Nokia is one of the few equipment suppliers handling wireless and fiber broadband equipment. On the wireless side in the U.S., it is exploiting the Tribal Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum at 117 Mhz, made available in 2020 by the FCC, extending near-5G private wireless to parts of North and South Dakota, Oklahoma and California in partnership with NewCore Wireless. It also is building a huge network covering farms in two states in India. Operating in about 200 countries, Nokia closed 2020 with net revenue of about $24 billion. It averaged about 90,000 employees in 2020, with an annual R&D budget of about $4.5 billion and R&D facilities in Europe, North America and Asia.

OFS

www.ofsoptics.com
888-342-3743 (inside the U.S.);
770-798-5555 (outside the U.S.)

Key Products: Optical fiber, optical fiber cable, fusion splicers, fiber management and connectivity products, network design services

Summary: OFS’s heritage, which can be traced to the original Bell Labs, includes research and development in fiber optics. Wholly owned by Furukawa Electric of Japan, OFS designs, manufactures and supplies optical fiber, fiber cable, specialty photonics and optical connectivity technology, providing solutions for outside- and inside-plant networks. In 2019, it doubled its fiber manufacturing capacity to meet strong demand from customers rolling out FTTH and 5G networks. The Furukawa Electric board approved $150 million in capital spending for further production expansion, primarily in the U.S. and Europe through OFS. Products include EZ-Bend ultra-bend-insensitive (minimum 2.5 mm bend radius) optical cables and InvisiLight solutions for nearly invisible in-MDU and in-home fiber deployments; the latest version, introduced in 2020, uses 0.6 mm fiber strands.

OFS introduced its first hollow-fiber cable for low-latency, high-speed communications early in 2020. It also introduced Rollable Ribbon cables, assemblies and new connectivity solutions for MDU and SFU applications. Its 6912-strand high-density cable, introduced in August 2020, can be deployed in conduit only 1.25 inches in diameter – and even smaller in some data center applications. The OFS professional services group designs and builds FTTx networks for MDU and SFU applications. Headquartered near Atlanta, OFS has facilities in North America, Europe and Africa. For the fiscal year ending March 2021, Furukawa Electric had $7.4 billion in revenue – almost $1.5 billion was for fiber and associated products. The company had 50,000 employees worldwide as of March 2020.

“With extensive deployments underway, successful communications networks need forward-looking products and services that will enhance and contribute to the future-proofing of critical infrastructure networks.”
– Dan Levac, national sales manager for communications markets, Preformed Line Products (PLP)

On Trac

www.ontracinc.com
423-317-0009

Key Products: FTTx consulting, design, installation and splicing services

Summary: Based in eastern Tennessee, On Trac has a nationwide footprint and has provided broadband fulfillment services and partnered with FTTx deployments for local municipal electric companies, electric cooperatives, private fiber deployments, fiber optic construction companies and private businesses for the past 17 years. To date, the company services 1 million FTTx addresses in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. On Trac also created a Mobile Work Force Management Solution designed for field operators. The software was developed over the past 10 years to help companies manage field technicians who install and maintain FTTx. The company can also manage complex FTTx installations that require specialized processes, from underground construction to aerial and underground drops and completing premises and business installation and testing. As a Google Fiber installer, On Trac is always looking for top talent. The company places a premium on its culture and core values and focuses on recruiting and hiring people from outside the telecom industry.

ONUG Communications

www.onugsolutions.com
919-876-5455

Key Products: Outside-plant engineering, planning and design; project management; feasibility studies; consulting services; quality assurance; construction

Summary: ONUG Communications is approaching its 22nd year as a national engineering and design firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. Over the years, ONUG has expanded its role with major clients such as Google Fiber, AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon. Beyond working with these national providers, ONUG works with various projects for regional telcos, rural ILECs, campuses, retirement communities, local/state utilities, electrical co-ops and municipalities, such as Sherwood, Oregon. The services ONUG provides include feasibility studies, designs, overall plans and help navigating federal and state FTTH grant processes. In 2019, ONUG planned projects that passed 100,000 homes with FTTH services and created more than 20,000 innovative designs that include microtrenching in urban and rural environments and pioneering designs such as soft-scape (minimal depth and intrusion) and “no-terminal” designs.

ONUG also developed fiber optic planning, small-cell predictive planning and cellular data mining and consulted on middle-mile projects, bringing fiber to unreached areas by utilizing major interstates and highways for FTTx distribution by ISPs. ONUG’s partnership with Biarri Networks supports optimal efficiency in the design of FTTx, reducing cost and increasing speed of delivery. Daniel Huffman, ONUG owner and president, has provided fiber optic training across the country for years through his partnership with Light Brigade.

OTELCO

www.otelco.com
833-683-5261

Key Products: Internet, video and voice services

Summary: For more than a century, the OTELCO family of companies has provided rural communities with cutting-edge technology – first with the telephone in the late 1800s and today with broadband internet for residential and business customers. The company’s footprint spans seven states – Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia – in three distinctly different rural regions of the U.S. In 2019, OTELCO invested $12.4 million to expand its fiber distribution network and improve its broadband capabilities. Last year, the company received funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Broadband Accessibility Fund to build fiber to the premises in Morgan City.

OTELCO is in the process of upgrading its network in Gray and New Gloucester, Maine, which includes the construction of approximately 150 miles of FTTP network in portions of both towns. The company also announced that gigabit service is now available to all Lightwave fiber–eligible locations in Alabama. These network upgrades make gigabit service available to approximately 8,000 locations in northern Alabama. In addition, a DOCSIS 3.0 plant upgrade resulted in approximately 6,000 cable network locations in Oneonta and Altoona, Alabama, receiving access to faster speeds. This year, Oak Hill Capital, a private equity firm, completed its acquisition of OTELCO for approximately $40.6 million. OTELCO’s revenue for 2020 was $62 million.

Pavlov Media

www.pavlovmedia.com
800-677-6812

Key Products: Internet, voice and IPTV video services for cities, MDUs, businesses and homes

Summary: Pavlov Media is a leading network provider that designs, builds, operates and supports high-speed networks for MDUs, businesses, homes and cities. Founded in 1994, Pavlov Media is the nation’s largest private provider of broadband services to off-campus student housing communities and other multifamily apartments. It builds and runs networks for more than 750 MDU properties in 44 states and Canada. Pavlov Media works directly with communities on municipal fiber projects to build and manage gigabit cities. More than 325,000 residents use the Pavlov Media network, connected to the company’s 100 Gbps national fiber backbone, which includes a new 100 Gbps link between Chicago and Indianapolis and a data center in Orlando. In response to the pandemic, Pavlov Media upgraded school network connections to 10 Gbps to help teachers, staff and students meet online demands.

Pavlov Media is a full-service network provider, and staff directly manage all aspects of its fiber optic connections to homes, businesses and communities. Its new headquarters in Champaign, Illinois, is home to engineers who design the networks and drill operators, field technicians and installers who wire buildings. The network operations center and customer support are there as well. Pavlov Media has a strong history of business expansion through organic acquisitions and stable investments, including acquiring Simplified Technologies and Tallahassee-based Velocity Online in 2020 and Texas provider Clarus Broadband in 2021, all expanding its presence in the MDU, business and home fiber markets.

Power & Tel

www.ptsupply.com
800-238-7514

Key Products: Fiber optic and cable products, optical networking electronics, test gear, IPTV, home networking solutions

Summary: Power & Tel specializes in the procurement, sales and logistics of communications products. By cost-effectively and efficiently managing the supply chain, Power & Tel lets its customers – service providers, contractors and other entities large enough to maintain communications networks – focus on building and maintaining fiber networks. The company also provides materials-management services that use state-of-the-art distribution technology to accommodate the industry’s rapidly changing supply needs. As a member of CommScope’s PartnerPRO Network, Power & Tel joined Graybar as the two companies in charge of order fulfillment for the Wyandotte (Michigan) Municipal Services fiber conversion project. Founded in 1963 and privately owned, Power & Tel recently moved into new, 250,000-square-foot headquarters in Piperton, Tennessee, and has locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

PPC Broadband Inc. – A Belden Brand

www.ppc-online.com
315-431-7200; 800-800-6652

Key Products: Fiber cable, microduct, enclosures, cabinets, optical passives, optical splitters, fiber test equipment

Summary: PPC offers fiber products for the headend, outside plant and premises. The company’s FTTH and broadband solutions are used globally in cable systems, satellite networks and wireless businesses. PPC continues to expand its fiber product road map while holding more patents in connector technology than any other company worldwide. In recent years, PPC has expanded its product portfolio through strategic acquisitions. In 2018, PPC’s fiber unit grew to include optical passive products acquired through the purchase of Net-Tech Technology. In 2019, PPC acquired the FutureLink line of fiber products from Suttle; subsequently purchased OPTERNA, a global manufacturer of fiber solutions; and bought SPC, a U.S.-based manufacturer of integrated fiber enclosures. PPC Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of Belden and is headquartered in East Syracuse, New York, with locations in China, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, St. Kitts, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K. and the U.S.

“We expect that the growth of a remote workforce and its impact on bandwidth consumption will continue after the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumption also will be increased by the ongoing migration from traditional video to over-the-top services, the prevalence of new technologies, such as virtual and augmented realities, and cloud-based gaming.”
– Olivier Bojarski, president, PPC Broadband

Preformed Line Products

www.preformed.com
440-461-5200

Key Products: Fiber optic and copper splice closures, high-speed cross-connect devices, cable anchoring, control hardware systems and asset inspections

Summary: Preformed Line Products (PLP) is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and supplier of high-quality products and systems used to construct and maintain overhead and underground networks for the communication and energy industries. Its communications segment is trusted to protect critical connections for telecommunications network operators, government agencies and broadband service providers, among others. PLP offers innovative communications products and services, including the COYOTE line of fiber optic closures, FIBERLIGN hardware solutions and comprehensive, drone-based asset inspections. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, PLP was founded in 1947 and has grown into a global corporation with offices and manufacturing facilities in more than 20 countries. Net sales for 2020 were $466 million.

Prysmian Group

www.prysmiangroup.com
859-572-8000; 800-713-5312

Key Products: Optical fiber and telecommunications cables

Summary: With almost 140 years of experience, sales of more than $13 billion and nearly 29,000 employees in more than 50 countries and 112 plants, Prysmian Group offers a wide range of products, services, technologies and know-how. Prysmian manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a range of optical fibers, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. In addition, it provides underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, special cables for applications in several industries and medium- and low-voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. In 2019, Prysmian debuted its 6,912-fiber MassLink Cable with FlexRibbon technology. Ribbons are rolled up and packed together in small-diameter sub-units but still provide the advantages of mass fusion splicing. This year, the company released ezMicroduct, its smallest microduct cable with 288 fibers and an outer diameter of 8 mm.

The vendor was selected by the Mexican-government run Comisión Federal de Electricidad in 2020 to connect remote regions with high-speed broadband. Prysmian also supplies 770 km of submarine telecom cables for the Norte Conectado project awarded by Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa, a Brazilian internet provider connecting the city of Macapá to Santarém and Alenquer, which are in the north of the Amazon region. Through this strategy, Prysmian directly enables connectivity across 59 municipalities in northern Brazil, with the possibility to extend it to other Amazonian countries. It also continues to drive fiber innovations. In January, Prysmian joined Nokia Bell Labs and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology to demonstrate 1 petabit per second transmission over an optical fiber with standard dimensions. Prysmian is headquartered in Milan, Italy.

Quantum Fiber

www.q.com
855-748-6123

Key Products: Fiber internet, voice and TV services

Summary: Leveraging the fiber network and infrastructure from its parent company, Lumen Technologies, Quantum Fiber delivers symmetrical, subscription-based fiber internet solutions and services to residences and small businesses. In September of 2020, CenturyLink rebranded under three separate entities: Lumen Technologies, CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber. CenturyLink is the legacy telecom business and Quantum Fiber is a fully digital service, marketing fiber broadband services to customers in metro areas throughout the U.S., including Seattle, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Omaha, Phoenix and Minneapolis. It recently expanded its fiber network in several other cities, including Boulder, Colorado, where it is completing a fiber construction project to bring homes and businesses 1 Gbps internet service. In Springfield, Missouri, Quantum Fiber will be the anchor tenant in a citywide broadband network called SpringNet. It will build and own the final drops to connect homes and businesses in that area and provide internet services to city residents.

Transforming from CenturyLink Fiber, the Quantum Fiber Connected Communities division will work with builders, developers and property owners ready to modernize their properties with fiber and accommodate future greenfield builds. The company works with MDU and SFH communities throughout the nation that are close to the Lumen fiber network. A key goal of the Quantum Fiber broadband expansion is to refresh its focus on the MDU segment and Instant Internet (formerly known as CenturyLink ON), its rapid-service-provisioning platform. Following an assessment, Quantum Fiber delivers service to MDU properties via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or a combination of both, including propertywide Wi-Fi. Grand Central at the Junction, a new development in Wentzville, Missouri, is one MDU property taking advantage of Quantum Fiber’s broadband service. Headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, Quantum Fiber’s parent company, Lumen, has about 39,000 employees and posted operating revenue of $20.7 billion in 2020.

Render Networks

www.rendernetworks.com
833-293-9013

Key Product: Network design and construction solutions

Summary: Render’s digital network construction platform enables telecommunications and utility network operators and construction teams to eliminate manual processes from construction and deploy the best possible fiber networks more efficiently than ever before. Using GIS and mobile and automation technologies, Render’s construction management platform transforms geospatial network designs into deliverable work and digitizes real-time data flows between the office and the field, delivering a new level of resource efficiency and project visibility.

The Render platform has delivered broadband connectivity to more than 300,000 U.S. households and businesses, with more than 700,000 completed construction tasks. Significant projects include the SpringNet FTTH network in Springfield, Missouri; open and dark fiber deployments in California; and FTTH networks in Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Customers consistently experience up to 50 percent faster build times with a 30 percent reduction in field supervision and administration costs.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Render technology has enabled project administrators and construction teams across the country to navigate continuity risks and keep projects moving. This year, the company partnered with COS Systems to optimize the end-to-end delivery of fiber and wireless networks. It also partnered with Calix to offer Calix customers premium access to the unique digital construction platform. Render was founded in 2013. Its fast-growing team is headquartered in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Melbourne, Australia.

“Fiber optic connectivity is key to enable cutting-edge research, deliver critical data, and extend access and collaboration capabilities. Health care and higher education rely on high-caliber communications for networking and IoT devices to enhance telehealth access and transform campus learning for the future.”
– Carmine Battafarano, president, HMI Services

Smithville Communications Inc. / Smithville

www.smithville.com
812-876-2211; 800-742-4084

Key Products: High-speed internet, streaming TV, voice, cellular, home automation and security services, cloud services, IoT/big data support

Summary: Privately owned Smithville Communications, Indiana’s largest independent telecom company, has 205 employees and has built out fiber to homes and businesses for more than a decade. Key projects include Smithville’s symmetrical gigabit project, which is nearing completion in the city of Jasper. The company continues to expand its gigabit fiber operations in rural Ellettsville. Aided in part by Indiana’s rural Next Level Connections Broadband Grant program, Smithville also is bringing high-speed fiber connectivity to north-central Indiana near Sharpsville and an area of rural Monroe County. The Monroe County project is part of a larger initiative with the South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Cooperative (REMC) launched to accelerate the delivery of fiber internet to about 3,400 residents and businesses in the common service areas between the two companies. Allowing customers to use either provider, the project is expected to be completed by June 2023. These expansions are self-funded or funded through public-private partnerships.

Smithville continues to see residential growth through “best speed available” residential service offerings with no data caps. Citing increasing content costs and changing TV-user behaviors, Smithville replaced its multichannel linear TV packages with a streaming TV service and developed a partnership with DISH TV and Sling to provide additional options. The company also has been able to attract new telecom management talent, bringing in seasoned executives with national broadband experience. Smithville continues to upgrade its legacy copper areas with fiber to the cabinet to enhance speeds and capacity in rural areas. To help students and others impacted by COVID-19, Smithville opened free community Wi-Fi hot spots in Paoli, French Lick and other locations.

In August 2020, Smithville launched a $2.7 million rural gigabit network expansion in Tipton and Howard counties in rural Indiana, which will help farmers implement technology-based precision agriculture practices and allow new access to education and health care resources for the communities in general. In January 2021, Smithville launched a partnership with the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC joint fiber construction project in Monroe County, Indiana. The first phase calls for passing 280 homes with fiber in a project that will include 800 homes when completed by the end of 2022. The project involves REMC customers’ receiving access to Smithville’s FTTH service and will benefit all concerned. A similar project between Smithville and South Central Indiana REMC brought fiber to 3,400 residents in Monroe and Owen counties in April.

Sonic

www.sonic.com
888-766-4233

Key Products: Gigabit internet access, voice service, co-location, business networking

Summary: Based in the North Bay, Sonic is the largest independent internet service provider in California and has delivered internet and phone service to homes and businesses for more than 25 years. Sonic was founded on the belief that access to fast, reliable, affordable internet should be available to all. It’s committed to building out a wholly owned gigabit fiber network while supporting the communities it serves. Its pricing is unusual – Sonic offers unlimited, uncapped, symmetrical gigabit fiber internet plus unlimited domestic and international home phone service starting at $40 per month. In tandem with its ongoing FTTH expansions, Sonic enhanced its product set by partnering with eero to improve whole-home Wi-Fi access.

After conducting buildouts in San Francisco and the East Bay, Sonic expanded its gigabit fiber service on the Monterey Peninsula. It also launched a big FTTH project in the North Bay, in Petaluma. The expansion enabled it to reach 19 new Bay Area cities and neighborhoods. This year, the Berkeley Unified School District, in collaboration with the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, announced a partnership with Sonic to provide free, high-speed, fiber optic internet access to students for the remainder of the school year. PCMag.com named Sonic one of the fastest ISPs of 2020.

Superior Essex

www.superioressex.com
770-657-6000

Key Products: Premises and outside-plant fiber and copper cable products; FTTH enclosures

Summary: Superior Essex designs, manufactures and supplies a large selection of premises and outside-plant fiber optic, copper wire and cable products. The company supplies products to many of the largest service providers, and its cable products are installed in thousands of enterprises around the world. It recently introduced a line of cables for distributed antenna systems; introduced FTTH enclosures, including fiber distribution hubs; and redesigned families of fiber dome closures. Superior Essex has a co-development and marketing alliance with Legrand North America, a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, to create a suite of structured cabling systems, nCompass. The company recently launched PowerWise Category 5e cable, a 22-gauge communications data cable designed for internet-connected devices that utilize the Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard. Also new is EnduraLite indoor/outdoor loose-tube optical fiber cable. In early 2020, Superior Essex joined the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSl), an organization focused on achieving social and environmental sustainability through technology.

In February 2020, Superior Essex and Legrand North America reaffirmed their nCompass partnership with a revamped website. In February 2021, the company solidified its dedication to sustainability by presenting a pre-conference master class during the BICSI Winter 2021 Conference. Titled “The World’s Focusing More Than Ever on Sustainability – Here’s Why RCDDs Should as Well,” the class covered how to spec and design intelligent buildings to meet new, stricter requirements. In March, Superior Essex became a corporate board member of the Continental Automated Buildings Association, strengthening its industry affiliations to continue growth in the telecommunications sector. Superior Essex is headquartered in Atlanta and has more than 3,000 employees. Its product development center is in Kennesaw, Georgia, and it has manufacturing facilities in Brownwood, Texas; Tarboro, North Carolina; and Hoisington, Kansas.

“It has become fashionable of late to reference the rural electrification movement of the 1930s and 1940s as a template for closing the digital divide in rural America. Cooperatives were built on a covenant – an echo of the original American covenant of ‘We, the People.’ Covenants bind people together and lift them all up. To truly follow the rural electrification model will require a new covenant.”
– Jonathan Chambers, partner, Conexon

TDS Telecom

www.tdstelecom.com; www.tdsfiber.com
866-571-6662

Key Products: Internet access, phone and TV services

Summary: TDS Telecom delivers broadband internet and video and phone services to nearly 1,000 rural, suburban and metropolitan areas across the U.S. Powered by fiber and next-gen cable technology, TDS delivers up to 1 Gbps internet speeds and offers IP-based TV along with traditional phone services. The company offers FTTH in 78 communities and serves about 30 percent of its wireline service addresses with fiber. Fiber investments continue with plans to light up approximately 230,000 FTTH service addresses, of which about 50,000 were turned up in 2019. After acquiring Merrimac Communications, TDS Telecom launched FTTH services in 14 new Wisconsin markets, reaching more than 40,000 service addresses. In March, TDS received $1.3 million from the Wisconsin Broadband Expansion Grant Program, which will fund broadband projects in Mosinee and Stetsonville. Outside Wisconsin, TDS Telecom has been actively building out FTTH in several states, including Idaho, North Carolina, Utah and Washington. By acquiring Continuum, a North Carolina–based provider, TDS gained 36,500 new households passed by coax and fiber across four towns. Following its FTTH build in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, it launched plans to build a fiber network in the Meridian, Idaho, area to connect nearly 58,000 addresses. BendBroadband, a TDS cable subsidiary, began rolling out 1 Gbps services in La Pine and Bend, Oregon. This summer, TDS will launch 1 Gbps speeds in its Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada coax territories.

In 2021, TDS expanded its network in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where more than 470 additional addresses can now receive up to 1 Gbps internet speeds, doubling its fiber footprint in Elkhorn. When completed, the project will reach another 3,000 addresses. The company also launched a gigabit fiber network in Spokane, Washington, and will continue expanding over the next several months. TDS also unveiled plans to expand its gigabit FTTH network to more than 26,000 homes and businesses across Boise, Idaho. May marked a major milestone for TDS when it reached 500,000 broadband subscribers, half of which receive 1 Gbps speeds. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, TDS Telecom employs nearly 2,900 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Its operating revenue for 2020 was $976 million, up from $930 million in 2019.

The Broadband Group / TBG Network Services

www.broadbandgroup.com
702-405-7000

Key Products: Telecommunications master planning, network design and engineering, financial modeling, construction management

Summary: The Broadband Group (TBG), a technology and telecommunications consulting firm, develops business plans, network specifications, engineering designs, financial models and deployment strategies for utilities, master-planned communities, municipalities and service providers that seek to facilitate or deliver broadband services. TBG’s wholly owned subsidiary, TBG Network Services (TBGNS), oversees construction management. In Huntsville, Alabama, TBGNS manages the Huntsville Utilities buildout of its 966-mile, citywide, dark fiber network. Current TBG projects include leading the fiber business plan development and deployment strategies for Ontario, California; Long Beach, California; and the Brambleton community in Loudoun County, Virginia. Large-scale, master-planned communities around the U.S. call on TBG to create technology master plans that position wired and wireless connectivity as differentiated amenities. TBG developed the utility lease model: Municipalities with fiber networks lease excess fiber to internet service providers, which in turn offer high-speed fiber broadband services citywide, handling marketing and customer service. This model has been put to work with CenturyLink for 100,000-plus homes in Springfield, Missouri, and Google Fiber in Huntsville, Alabama. Based in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Huntsville, Alabama, TBG was founded in 1997.

Ting

www.ting.com/internet
855-846-4626

Key Products: Gigabit internet access, video service

Summary: Ting, a subsidiary of Tucows – a domain management service company – launched its FTTH business with a bang in December 2014 when it acquired Blue Ridge InternetWorks, a competitive fiber provider in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ting expanded its network across Charlottesville and continues to expand to small markets in new areas, often by partnering with municipalities. Ting currently provides fiber services to towns in California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia – nine fiber internet towns in all. As it rolls out service in each community, Ting educates local realtors on how fiber-based connectivity can drive up home values. It also conducts community outreach to encourage collaboration with local businesses and parent-teacher organizations. In April 2020, Ting began offering free fiber-fed Wi-Fi hot spots in its Ting internet towns to help people without internet connect during the COVID-19 crisis.

In 2021, Ting continues to roll out services in new communities, launching fiber internet in Rolesville, North Carolina, for residents and businesses. It also expanded its network in Idaho, bringing service to Dover and Kootenai. Another new market is Encinitas, California, where Ting will pass nearly 50,000 addresses in summer 2021, becoming the fourth Southern California Ting city along with Fullerton, Culver City and Solana Beach. In 2020, Ting brought on Jill Szuchmacher as chief strategy officer and executive vice president of networks. Formerly vice president of operations at Google Fiber, Szuchmacher was tapped to lead construction builds while guiding the transition from coax to fiber. With 800 employees, Ting reported 2020 revenue of $311 million, down from $337 million in 2019.

“We’ve never had a year that has both amazing opportunities to pay for the expansion of rural broadband coupled with challenges in the supply chain that will complicate attempts to build broadband quickly.”
– Doug Dawson, president, CCG Consulting

TVC Communications / MaxCell

www.tvcinc.com; www.maxcellinnerduct.com
888-644-6075 (TVC); 888-387-3828 (MaxCell)

Key Products: Broadband electronics, connectivity products, outside-plant hardware, test equipment, fabric innerduct, conduit technology

Summary: TVC Communications, a division of WESCO/Anixter, is a value-added distributor that stocks and same-day ships FTTx products and facilitates planning, launching and deploying fiber networks in broadband and utility markets. TVC provides supply-chain solutions for operators, utilities and municipalities launching fiber networks, including turnkey project development, materials management, financial modeling, marketing for increased awareness/take rate and project launch team and support.

The company’s brands include MaxCell, the flexible fabric innerduct that allows increased cable density in a conduit while preserving space for future bandwidth expansion. MaxCell’s unique fabric construction conforms to the cables placed within it, greatly reducing wasted space compared with rigid innerduct. Available in sizes to fit all conduits, MaxCell adds pathways quickly and is installed easily and cost-effectively. MaxSpace is a no-dig conduit space recovery solution designed to safely remove rigid innerduct from around active fiber cables with little to no load on the cable and no interruption of service. To expand capacity and preserve space for future bandwidth requirements, the company worked on a project in San Luis Obispo to remove existing innerduct using MaxSpace solution and replaced the existing innerduct with the space-saving flexible fabric MaxCell innerduct. This was done while keeping the current fiber active during the extraction. Last year, the company introduced MaxCell Premise for in-building and confined-space applications where the cable pathway is overly dense and space is at a premium.

UTOPIA Fiber

www.utopiafiber.com
801-613-3880

Key Product: Open-access network services

Summary: Owned by 11 Utah cities, UTOPIA Fiber has been growing its network to keep pace with demand. Sign-ups grew 50 percent this year, with residential bandwidth increasing by 30 percent, fueled in part by pandemic-driven remote work and distance learning. With new cities coming aboard, UTOPIA’s financial arm, UIA, raised more than $100 million from investors keen to fund future-proof infrastructure. Making fiber available to more than 130,000 businesses and residences in more than 50 communities, UTOPIA Fiber has cemented itself as the largest, most successful open-access network in the U.S. and enjoys the industry’s highest customer satisfaction scores.

Since last year’s Top 100 list, the team at UTOPIA Fiber fully built out three cities (Layton, Morgan and West Point, Utah), announced an agreement with Pleasant Grove City, Utah, to build FTTP, and continues its operational partnership with Idaho Falls Fiber, now Idaho’s largest open-access network. The agency also launched UTOPIA Innovation Labs, which develops smart-city applications, such as early wildfire detection systems, air pollution monitoring and more.

On the service provider side, Rise Broadband became the 15th residential option on the UTOPIA network. Since the agency’s 2009 turnaround, it has successfully designed, built and operated nearly $300 million worth of fiber projects throughout Utah, all of which have been funded completely through subscriber revenue at no cost to taxpayers.

Vantage Point Solutions

www.vantagepnt.com
605-995-1777

Key Products: Broadband engineering and consulting services, including feasibility studies, network design, engineering and deployment

Summary: Based in Mitchell, South Dakota, employee-owned Vantage Point Solutions (VPS) provides engineering, legal and consulting services to wireless and wireline broadband providers. Vantage Point’s professional engineering capabilities, financial and technical expertise, and regulatory knowledge enable it to design advanced, economically viable solutions customized for each client. With more than 400 employees – including 50 from its merger early in 2020 with GVNW Consulting – and hundreds of clients across the country and internationally, VPS helps clients during nearly every step of broadband network development and operation, from concept to cutover and beyond. Services include feasibility studies; network design, engineering and deployment; regulatory advice; financial and business analysis; municipal code review and development; and network maintenance and security. VPS is often called upon to help clients shape grant applications. VPS also provides analysis and recommendations for clients participating in the FCC’s RDOF program. Since VPS was founded in 2002, its clients have been associated with $2.4 billion in spectrum, loan and grant awards, including about $700 million in the past year. Aside from its headquarters, VPS has offices in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Portland, Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; and Springfield, Illinois.

Verizon Communications / Verizon Enhanced Communities

www.verizon.com; www.verizon.com/communities

Key Products: Internet, video and digital voice services

Summary: Headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Verizon provides converged communications, information and entertainment services in 150 countries. Verizon Consumer’s wireline services are provided in nine states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. and in Washington, D.C., over a fiber optic network through the Verizon Fios product portfolio and, where Fios is not available, over a traditional copper-based network.

In 2020, the Consumer segment’s revenues were $88.5 billion, representing approximately 69 percent of Verizon’s consolidated revenues. As of December 31, 2020, Consumer had approximately 7.1 million broadband connections, which includes Fios and digital subscriber line (DSL) internet connections, and approximately 4 million Fios video connections.

Verizon Enhanced Communities works with property owners, property managers and businesses to serve multifamily residential, multi-tenant commercial, and mixed-use communities with high-bandwidth internet, TV and phone services. Verizon also made efforts to alleviate the impact some of its customers experienced due to the economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. New Fios customers who qualify for the low-income Lifeline discount program received a $20 per month discount on their home internet service for as long as they remain eligible for the program, bringing the cost to as low as $19.99 per month for 200/200 Mbps internet with no data caps.

Verizon also participates in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. The telco made all current Fios Mix & Match plans eligible for participants in the EBB program. However, Verizon also offers customers on legacy Fios plans (no longer in market today) the ability to enroll in EBB. A Dow 30 company with $128.2 billion in 2020 revenues, down from $131.9 billion in 2019, Verizon employed 132,200 people worldwide at the end of 2020.

Vermeer Corporation

www.vermeer.com
641-628-3141; 888-837-6337

Key Products: Horizontal directional drilling equipment, utility and pedestrian trenchers and plows

Summary: Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, privately owned Vermeer manufactures underground installation equipment. The company got its start in fiber optic installation in 1991, when it launched the Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) product line. Vermeer HDD products can install communications lines underground without excavating or trenching, minimizing environmental disruption and helping reduce fiber deployment labor costs. The company offers a microtrenching system that allows installation of fiber lines in a roadway in one quick pass. Vermeer’s D23x30DR S3 Navigator HDD, introduced in 2019, weighs 8 tons but integrates dual-rod technology into a compact machine designed to maneuver through rock in congested cities, busy neighborhoods or tight jobsites. Recent introductions include the SPX25 remote-controlled vibratory plow, used for installing small pipes and cables at depths up to 12 inches and for boring underneath driveways and sidewalks using an optional attachment.

Vermeer also expanded its line of vacuum excavators, including models for urban deployments. The RTX1250i2 ride-on tractor, widely used for microtrenching, was updated with easier tool changing, optional remote control and eco-friendly features. Vermeer continues to expand its plow and trencher product line, which includes the remote-control PTX40. The pivoting hand controls of the new PTX42 walk-beside plow/trencher can be moved from one side of the machine to the other, giving the operator greater flexibility around potential obstacles or more-compact jobsites. Electronic controls provide precise handling of machine operations, and a center-articulated design that oscillates at the point of articulation delivers maneuverability – even in tight working conditions and on uneven terrain. The PTX42 can be outfitted with several different attachments. It has a maximum depth of 24 inches and the trencher is 42 inches deep, 6 inches wide. This unit also has an electronic creep control to help optimize performance on longer distance installation.

VETRO FiberMap

www.vetrofibermap.com
207-221-6627

Key Products: Fiber mapping software and service

Summary: VETRO FiberMap provides a cloud-based, fiber-management GIS platform purpose-built for broadband providers, municipalities and telco engineers that design and build next-generation internet infrastructure. Launched in 2016, VETRO FiberMap serves clients across the U.S. and in 17 countries. Delivered through a web browser, the platform is engineered for rapid integration, driven by OpenAPIs and managed in the cloud. It enables users to access network
data from anywhere and design, deploy and document networks – all from a single platform. Portland (Maine)–based Pioneer Broadband completed several rural FTTH network build projects using the VETRO FiberMap platform as a core technology.

Also in Maine, Pioneer completed FTTH projects in Houlton and Sherman as well as network design for Downeast Broadband Utility, which covers Calais, Baileyville and Alexander. Other providers, such as OTELCO, use the platform to help potential business customers determine whether fiber-based internet service is available in their areas. In 2019, the company launched its Geospatial Wrecking Crew, an in-house concierge GIS services group handling mapping-data conversion jobs for network design engineers and fiber-management platform users. Earlier this year, ConnectMaine Authority selected VETRO’s Broadband Intelligence Platform to serve as the platform of record and central hub for all planning, mapping and infrastructure data relevant to broadband mapping in the state. VETRO FiberMap is a privately owned firm based in Portland, Maine.

VIAVI Solutions

www.viavisolutions.com
408-404-3600

Key Products: Field and lab broadband test equipment, network monitoring systems, network performance monitoring, diagnostic solutions

Summary: VIAVI Solutions has served the industry for nearly 100 years. The company provides construction and installation, testing, assurance, monitoring and optimization solutions for broadband communications service providers, cable operators, mobile-service providers, network equipment manufacturers, hyperscale ecosystems, contractors, governments, data centers and enterprises. It offers test and measurement solutions for all gigabit internet technologies, including GPON, DOCSIS, G.fast, Wi-Fi and 5G.

VIAVI claims numerous firsts, such as the telecom industry’s first 400 Gbps test platform, the industry’s first PON power meter solution for NG-PON2 deployments, the first complete open-radio access network (O-RAN) test suite for 5G and the first fully integrated test product for pluggable 800G transceivers that use 100G electrical lane speed, introduced in May 2021. VIAVI continues to enhance its product line, introducing new or revised products several times a month.

Among the recent announcements are the Fusion JMEP 10 Smart SFP+, which enables monitoring of next-generation backhaul, broadband access and business services; a new instrument programming tool (VIP Tool); and a new optical fiber meter for “right the first time” installs and automation to identify and certify DWDM or hybrid CWDM/DWDM networks. For fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, 2020, VIAVI reported net revenue of more than $1.1 billion and employed 3,600 employees, of whom about 1,000 were in R&D. Its quarterly results since then have shown gains. VIAVI is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Walker and Associates

www.walkerfirst.com
800-925-5371

Key Products: Products and services for deploying communications networks; kitting and integration; product selection consulting

Summary: Walker and Associates is a national distributor of networking products for broadband providers, including wireline, wireless and CATV, and for government and enterprise network operators. The company sources products from more than 300 suppliers, facilitating carriers’ delivery of high-speed internet, video, data and voice services to residential, business and mobile users. Walker supports technology solutions such as switching, routing, Wi-Fi, microwave, network functions virtualization (NFV), Carrier Ethernet, VoIP, wavelength division multiplexing, reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexing, packet optical networking, software-defined networking, GPON, active Ethernet, fixed wireless and DSL.

Walker’s certified product engineering, kitting, testing, installation, systems integration and managed services simplify network deployment. Products include fiber and copper connectivity, power systems, indoor and outdoor enclosures and outside-plant products. Walker also offers marketing, sales and logistical and technical support services for manufacturers, reaching 10 telecommunications submarkets and more than 1,200 domestic customers. To keep pace with the markets it serves, Walker invested in additional technical resources and tripled its NFV lab capacity. To meet customer requirements for bulk fiber, the company enlarged its fiber cable supply yard and increased its capacity for custom-cut cable.

Last fall, the U.S. Army awarded Walker and Associates a spot on its $13 billion enterprise IT software contract for commercial, off-the-shelf software. Walker has been expanding its partnerships over the last year. In March 2021, the company joined Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise as a national reseller partner, enabling it to deliver wired and wireless networking and cloud solutions for utilities, transportation and federal customers. In April, Walker and Associates joined the Nokia Global Partner program, allowing Walker to market and distribute the Nokia line of industrial-grade Private Wireless solutions alongside the Wavence microwave packet radio portfolio. The solutions help utilities future-proof for new market demands and evolving business models. Based in Welcome, North Carolina, with 155 employees, Walker is ISO 9001/2015 quality certified and is a certified women-owned corporation.

Zyxel Communications

www.zyxel.com
714-632-0882; 800-255-4101

Key Products: Gigabit home gateways and other customer-premises equipment, mesh Wi-Fi systems, Ethernet switches, security

Summary: Zyxel has been a trusted brand in IP technology and innovation for the past three decades specializing in DSL broadband gateways, LTE, and home connectivity solutions for service providers. Headquartered in Anaheim, CA, Zyxel is comprised of knowledgeable engineers and executives who offer local services and support. Recent Zyxel solutions for FTTH and FTTN include an advanced security gateway for service message blocks, a high-performance gateway for ISPs, an enhanced Nebula cloud management solution, and the CBRS and multiband outdoor routers for fixed wireless access.

In 2021, Zyxel launched a web-managed multi-gigabit switch for homes and offices. The company also formed a partnership with Wyrestorm, which has added Zyxel’s portfolio of networked AV-enabled switches to their NetworkHD Series of AV over IP solutions. Zyxel has also been working with Affinegy, a vendor of hardware-independent, standards-based device management software recently acquired by NISC, to provide an automated, turnkey reporting service that broadband operators can use to satisfy Connect America Fund reporting requirements. In January, Zyxel launched its portfolio of 10G PON ONT solutions. This new product line includes three new products: a Wi-Fi 6 XGS-PON VoIP gateway ONT, an XGS-PON VoIP bridge ONT with 10G LAN, and the XGS-PON SFP+ ONT. Zyxel is headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, with U.S. headquarters in Anaheim, California.

2017 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2017

“Building a Fiber-Connected World” is the tagline of Broadband 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. The 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.

The 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. The 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. These, too, are represented. The list also includes a variety of organizations that advocate for high-performance broadband or create the conditions that make FTTH more profitable.

“Rural leaders know that to have strong economies, quality education and health care, and lifestyle options, broadband is necessary. After years of hard work, Minnesota is seeing the impact of partnerships among community leaders, state funders and community-minded providers. This winning combination is the way forward to connected communities that work for all.”
– Kathleen Annette, President and CEO, Blandin Foundation

Finally, there wouldn’t be any fiber to the home if not for the owners – large and small, private and public, incumbent and competitive – that invest in networks, decide what and where to build, operate networks and deliver services.

Companies newly added to the list represent several ecosystem niches. Altice and Charter are traditional cable companies adding FTTH to their infrastructure. Ammon, Idaho, is a municipality building an open-access fiber network. ACRS, Actavo, Danella Companies, eX2 Technology and The Broadband Group are involved in many aspects of planning, design, engineering, construction and operational support for FTTH networks. Comsof and NBT supply software for planning and designing fiber networks. SmartRG, EntryPoint Networks and Alianza supply software that helps operators monetize their networks – SmartRG by automating home network support, EntryPoint Networks by moving control of the broadband access network to the subscriber edge, and Alianza by providing cloud-based VoIP services.

SELECTION CRITERIA

In selecting the FTTH Top 100, the editors looked for organizations that advance the cause of fiber-based broadband by

  • Deploying networks that are large or ambitious, have innovative business plans or are intended to transform local economies or improve communities’ quality of life
  • Supplying key hardware, software or services to deployers
  • Introducing innovative technologies with game-changing potential, even if they have not yet been commercially deployed
  • Providing key conditions for fiber builds, such as early-stage support or demand aggregation.

To be listed among the FTTH Top 100, an organization may be based anywhere in the world but must do business in North America. Except for broadband service providers, which are inherently local, we give preference to organizations that serve national rather than local markets. Overall size is unimportant, as is corporate form – in addition to for-profit companies, the list includes municipal providers, a telephone cooperative and several nonprofits.

Although some organizations on the list focus entirely on fiber to the premises or other fiber-based broadband technologies, most deliver or support a mix of broadband technologies. For some, broadband represents only a small part of their business. In making these selections, the editors considered how important the organizations are to advancing fiber broadband rather than how important broadband is to them.

The FTTH Top 100 list was researched by Marianne Cotter, Rachel Ellner and Kassandra Kania and overseen by editor-in-chief Masha Zager, with recommendations and advice from editor-at-large Steve Ross. To nominate a company for next year's FTTH Top 100, email masha@bbcmag.com.


* FEATURED COMPANIES APPEAR IN PURPLE *


3-GIS

www.3-GIS.com
256-560-0744

Key Products: Web-based tools and services for mapping, network design and management

Summary: 3-GIS Fiber Network Solutions is a browser-based, GIS fiber design and asset management system – a single-platform solution for fiber network design, construction output and tracking, and fiber asset management. Built on Esri’s powerful ArcGIS Server platform, 3-GIS Fiber Network Solutions offers desktop and mobile tools for designing and documenting network assets during all phases of a network life cycle, including planning, design, construction and network management. Data can be stored in the cloud or on an organization’s server.The company recently introduced Web JS, which supports multiple network views and Google Street View. The web-based architecture allows designers, field crew, project management staff and other stakeholders to access accurate, real-time network information. 3-GIS Design Services provides consulting services to municipalities and network builders considering and deploying FTTH networks. 3-GIS is headquartered in Decatur, Alabama.

Ultimately, communities are limited by imagination and grit, not by opportunity.
– Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband, Networks Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

3M Communications

www.3M.com/telecom
800-426-8688

Key Products: Interconnection, connection protection, fiber management, fiber pathways for broadband networks

Summary: The telecommunications industry has relied on 3M products for more than 50 years. 3M offers a full-fiber MDU broadband solution that makes deploying fiber quick and simple with minimal disruption to residents. 3M fiber pathways can be used in many applications – from inside single-family homes to apartment building hallways – and they work seamlessly with field-installable 3M fiber connectors. The new 3M Clear Track Fiber Pathway is virtually invisible, so customers hardly know it’s there. From enterprise to access to wireless, 3M draws on more than 45 technology platforms to create solutions for communications networks worldwide. 3M’s Electronics and Energy segment, to which the Communication Markets division belongs, posted net sales of $4.8 billion in 2016.



ACRS

www.acrsokc.com
405-843-9966

Key Products: Broadband engineering and consulting, construction management

Summary: Established in 1987, ACRS provides turnkey engineering and consulting to rural telcos, cable TV operators, wireless ISPs, competitive providers, electric co-ops, municipalities, Native American tribes and large carriers across the United States. Services include feasibility studies, financing acquisition, regulatory consulting (FCC licensing, CLEC and ETC filings and state corporation commission filings and testimony), detailed engineering, construction management and acceptance testing. The company has extensive successful experience in acquiring RUS broadband loans and grants and competitive Connect America Fund awards for its clients. ACRS engineered the first full-motion distance learning network in the United States and the first FTTH system in Oklahoma. Recent projects include several FTTH networks for electric co-ops, including Northeast Rural Services (Bolt Fiber Optic) and Valley Electric Association, winner of a Broadband Communities Cornerstone Award. ACRS is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and has about 50 employees.


Actavo

www.actavo.com
706-654-2298

Key Products: Network design, engineering, construction and operation

Summary: Actavo, formerly SiteServ, is an Ireland-based engineering company with expertise in telecom, water, power and building solutions. Actavo’s Network Solutions group surveys, designs, builds, upgrades and maintains fiber networks for Digicel, Liberty Global, SIRO, Virgin Media and Vodafone. Its recent expansion into North America, after buying part of Atlantic Engineering Group in 2015, added AEG’s 120 network design engineers, who work globally. Actavo has 13 offices worldwide, including five in the United States: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Braselton, Georgia; Denver; and Kansas City, Missouri. Its global workforce totals 6,000.


ADTRAN

www.adtran.com
256-963-8000

Key Products: Solutions for FTTH, Carrier Ethernet, packet optical transport, mobile backhaul, service migration and service management

Summary: ADTRAN is one of the fastest-growing FTTH vendors globally. Its solutions enable broadband expansion, IPTV video deployment, business Ethernet service delivery, cell site and small-cell backhaul and converged network services. The company’s flagship Total Access 5000 platform delivers fiber and copper access services across a pure Ethernet core, allowing mixed deployments of GPON (including NG-PON2), active Ethernet, vectored VDSL2 and traditional T1 services. For services that require strict service-level agreements, the Total Access 5000 also provides MEF-based Carrier Ethernet services over wavelength, OTN, fiber, copper and TDM. In May 2015, ADTRAN announced a breakthrough in the economics of delivering FTTP service based on NG-PON2 architecture. ADTRAN’s implementation of this 10 Gbps symmetrical, standards-based technology allows for simultaneous delivery of residential, business and backhaul applications on the same infrastructure using different optical transceivers. Last year, ADTRAN began XGS-PON trials with several 10 Gbps broadband customers. ADTRAN is based in Huntsville, Alabama, and had 2016 sales of approximately $637 million.

“As electric power systems did in the last century, advanced communications networks are now increasingly driving and supporting simultaneous progress in just about everything that matters to communities.”
– Jim Baller, President, Baller Stokes & Lide

Advanced Media Technologies

www.amt.com
954-427-5711; 888-293-5856

Key Products: Fiber optic transmission equipment, cable modem termination systems, headends, IP and QAM set-top boxes, cable modems

Summary: Advanced Media Technologies (AMT), a value- added reseller of high-performance broadband products, offers a complete line of DOCSIS, FTTH, IPTV and CATV products. AMT specializes in data solutions for private cable operators. It offers products from such leading manufacturers as Nokia, Amino, ARRIS, ATX Networks, Actiontec, Blonder Tongue, Casa Networks, Harmonic, Olson Technology, Imagine Communications and ZeeVee. Customers include major cable companies in the United States and Latin America, telcos, private cable operators and entertainment and multimedia content delivery companies around the world. Located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, AMT was originally founded as DX Communications in 2003. The company keeps an extensive inventory in its 32,000-square-foot warehouse and employs more than 70 people.


AFL

www.AFLglobal.com
864-433-0333; 800-235-3423

Key Products: Fiber optic cable, fiber and copper interconnect products, outside-plant hardware, fusion splicers, test equipment, training, design, engineering, integration

Summary: AFL products, services and engineering expertise help broadband providers improve their infrastructures and enable delivery of voice, video and high-speed data communications. AFL’s product line includes fiber optic cable, connectivity, fiber management, outside-plant closures, demarcation devices, fusion splicers, test equipment and Light Brigade training and education. AFL plans, designs, implements and maintains communications networks, offering solutions for MDU and master-planned community networks as well as for telephone, cable TV and wireless providers; utilities; hospitality companies; and enterprises. Last year, AFL expanded its FTTx portfolio with the release of its MDU product set. The new MDU products offer preconnectorized and splicing solutions to reduce the physical size of indoor splitter cabinets and terminals and to reduce overall installed cost. Founded in 1984, AFL is headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and is a division of Fujikura Ltd. The company has more than 4,300 associates around the world and has operations in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia.

“The next 12 months are going to be the most important in the history of fiber as next-gen technologies not only increase connection speeds by an order of magnitude but play a leading role in network convergence. For many service providers, these same next-gen technologies will be the catalyst for the transformation to software-defined access, with a combined potential to drive 80 percent of costs out of the network.”
– Geoff Burke, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Calix

Alianza

www.alianza.com
801-802-6400

Key Products: Cloud-based VoIP platform

Summary: Though the early fiber-to-the-home deployers were mainly telephone companies, many of today’s new entrants to the FTTH field have no history of providing voice services. For a broadband operator without telephone equipment or expertise, using a cloud-based system is the simplest, most economical way to add a voice offering – typically a high-margin service. Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform, a web-scale voice solution built for broadband providers, provides the functions required to deliver and support VoIP-based residential and business phone services. The platform does not require capital expenditure or the installation of complex equipment, and Alianza alleviates most of the operational and regulatory burdens associated with phone services. Since announcing a solution specifically for FTTH providers in February 2017, Alianza has made inroads with electric cooperatives and small municipalities installing fiber to the home in rural areas of the United States. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Lindon, Utah, Alianza has more than 50 employees.



Alpha Technologies

www.alpha.com
800-322-5742; 360-647-2360

Key Products: Standby, non-standby and uninterruptible power supplies; surge suppressors; enclosures and batteries; installation and construction services

Summary: Founded in 1976, Alpha Technologies is a major player in power systems for the broadband communications industry worldwide. Alpha products provide critical power conditioning and emergency backup for video, data and voice networks. Alpha’s installation and construction services include structure engineering, right-of-way and easement procurement, site preparation, equipment installation, system turnup and system testing. Customers in 50 countries include major cable television system operators, telecommunications service providers and full-service communications providers. Alpha Technologies’ portfolio of FTTH powering options includes the FlexPoint line of 12Vdc single-family solutions and the FlexNet line of 48Vdc multiple-dwelling-unit and small office–home office power supplies. In early 2017, to streamline fiber management at the headend, the company launched the Alpha Ultra High Density Fiber Panel, which combines ultra-high-density fiber capacity with connector access and a unique cable management system. Alpha, with more than 1,000 employees, has sales and service centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia. It is a member of the Alpha Group, a global alliance of independent companies that share a common philosophy: to create powering solutions for communications, commercial, industrial and renewable energy markets.

“We design networks for applications that haven’t been invented yet because we believe better broadband means better lives.”
– Larry Thompson, CEO, Vantage Point Solutions

Altice USA

www.alticeusa.com

Key Products: Internet, video and voice services

Summary: After Netherlands-based telecommunications corporation Altice acquired U.S. cable companies Suddenlink Communications in 2015 and Cablevision/Optimum in 2016 to form Altice USA, the company quickly positioned itself as a leader in the delivery of high-speed internet services in the United States. Within four months of its Cablevision/Optimum acquisition, Altice USA nearly tripled the fastest internet speed for Optimum customers, and the company has continued to expand its 1 Gbps broadband offering in Suddenlink regions. In December 2016, Altice USA announced its five-year Generation GigaSpeed plan to build a next-generation fiber-to-the-home network capable of delivering broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps across the entire Optimum footprint and part of its Suddenlink footprint. Altice had already taken this route in Europe – its FTTH deployments in France and Portugal are on track to reach 22 million homes passed by 2022 and 5.3 million homes passed by 2020, respectively. As of May 2017, the network upgrade in the United States was already underway. Altice USA has been operating under the Optimum and Suddenlink brands in the United States but recently announced it would transition to a unified Altice brand by the end of 2018. Altice was founded in 2001 by French entrepreneur Patrick Drahi and now operates in France, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic and the United States. Altice USA, which serves approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers across 21 states, closed its initial public offering in June 2017 with a market valuation greater than $23 billion.


American Polywater Corporation

www.polywater.com
800-328-9384

Key Products: Cable-pulling lubes, cleaners and sealants

Summary: In 1973, Nelson Jonnes, a Minnesota research chemist, threw together some slippery ingredients in his basement and began selling the mixture as a SCUBA-diving suit lubricant. It was well received, but the potential income from that alone could not support his family of six. After a quick change in market focus, the company began selling the same technology to the telecom and power utility markets for use as a water-based cable-pulling lubricant. It revolutionized the industry, which until then had used mud, wax and grease as lubricants. Today, American Polywater sells more than 20 formulations of pulling lubes for every type of wire and cable imaginable – even special cable-blowing lubricants for air-assisted installation of fiber optic cables. It also sells cleaners and other specialty chemicals, worker protection products, cable-pulling software, training videos, adhesives and duct sealants. A new foam sealant product was released last year, and a new water-based fiber-end cleaner came out this year. American Polywater is based in Stillwater, Minnesota, and sells its products in more than 50 countries.


AT&T / AT&T Connected Communities

www.att.com/communities

Key Products: High-speed internet, next-generation TV, advanced mobile services, smart solutions for people and businesses

Summary: AT&T is investing to be a global leader in the telecommunications, media and technology industry. Between 2012 and 2016, AT&T’s total investment in the United States, including capital investment and acquisitions of spectrum and wireless operations, was nearly $135 billion – more than any other public company. In the last two years, it has undertaken a massive FTTH deployment and now markets FTTH services to more than 5 million customer locations across 54 metropolitan areas. It plans to add 2 million locations in 2017 and reach at least 12.5 million locations with fiber by mid-2019. As the largest U.S. provider of pay TV, AT&T offers video entertainment through its DIRECTV (satellite) and U-verse (IPTV) services. AT&T revenue for 2016 was $163.8 billion, and the company employs more than 200,000 people in the United States alone. AT&T Connected Communities works with multifamily and single-family builders, developers, management groups and homeowner associations to provide next-generation communications and entertainment services.


Atlantic Engineering Group

www.aeg.cc; www.atlanticfibernetworks.com
706-654-2298

Key Products: Design and field engineering, aerial and underground construction, professional services for FTTH networks

Summary: Atlantic Engineering Group (AEG), a pioneer in fiber-to-the-home network deployment, helps lead the drive to combine FTTH and smart-grid technologies into a single business plan for municipalities and rural electric cooperatives. The company, founded in 1996, specializes in the design and construction of fiber communications networks. Though this outside-plant specialist is headquartered in Braselton, Georgia, it deploys in-house personnel and on-site project managers globally. AEG performs project management, business modeling, service planning, engineering, underground and aerial construction, splicing, premises installation, headend activation, testing and many other professional and technical services. It has completed design or build commissions for more than 100 networks, including 42 FTTH projects that total more than 2 million homes passed. Clients include municipalities, electric utilities, telephone companies, new market entrants and government agencies. To expand its E-Rate business, AEG established Atlantic Fiber Networks, which owns, designs, builds, manages and maintains educational wide area networks tailored to meet the needs of educational institutions. In 2016, Actavo, an international engineering firm, acquired the division of AEG that specializes in design engineering, field services, GIS services and permitting. Both parties continue to collaborate on projects.


Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

www.baller.com
202-833-5300

Key Products: Legal services, public policy advocacy

Summary: This telecom law firm has a long, consistent record of supporting the use of advanced broadband infrastructure to drive the development of economically strong local communities. The firm represents public and private entities on a broad range of communications matters, both nationally and in more than 35 states. It is best known for its work in opposing state barriers to local internet choice. The firm has worked on many of the leading public communications projects in the United States and was a consultant to Google on its Fiber for Communities initiative. As founder and president of the US Broadband Coalition, the firm’s president, Jim Baller, played a leading role in forging a national consensus on the need for a national broadband strategy and on the framework for such a strategy. He is co-founder and president of the nearly 500-member Coalition for Local Internet Choice, which works to preserve and protect the right of local governments to make the critical broadband infrastructure decisions that will affect their communities for decades to come. Founded in 1983, Baller Stokes & Lide is based in Washington, D.C. It has four full-time attorneys and a network of part-time local and regional counsel across the United States.


Bechtel

www.bechtel.com
415-768-1234

Key Products: Engineering, procurement, construction and project management

Summary: A global engineering, construction and project management company founded in 1898, Bechtel has completed more than 25,000 projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. For the Verizon Fios network, Bechtel engineered fiber routes and hub locations in the Western and Mid-Atlantic states. Currently, Bechtel is working with Google Fiber to build fiber to the premises and provide high-speed television and internet service. Bechtel’s work for Google Fiber involves designing and installing more than 15,000 miles of fiber in cities across the Southeast, including Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia. The company has 53,000 employees and operates four global businesses: infrastructure; nuclear, security and environmental; oil, gas and chemicals; and mining and metals.



BHC RHODES

www.ibhc.com
913-663-1900

Key Products: Planning, design and construction of FTTx projects

Summary: BHC RHODES provides civil engineering services to telecom firms that build and maintain fiber networks across the United States. It has designed and managed thousands of miles of telecom network infrastructure for clients that range from small communities and telcos to large international service providers. Its FTTx services include feasibility studies, cost estimating and budgeting; planning, layout and network architecture; GIS and AutoCAD mapping; hut site development and construction; outside-plant design; site surveys; right-of-way permitting and asset management. BHC RHODES customers include AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 Communications, Cox Communications, C Spire, Unite Private Networks and numerous municipalities. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, with $20.6 million in 2016 revenue, BHC Rhodes is celebrating 25 years in business and has more than 150 employees.


Biarri Networks

www.biarrinetworks.com
877-730-1999

Key Products: Software for fiber optic network design

Summary: Over eight years, Biarri Networks has developed a simplified, web-based approach to fiber optic network planning and engineering. Its software platform, FOND, uses advanced technology, automation and optimization techniques, based on a patented algorithm, to remove the complexity of FTTx network planning and design. Founded in 2009 in Australia, Biarri Networks got its start developing software to design the 11-million-home Australian National Broadband Network and the 5-million-home Chorus New Zealand network. Over the last five years, Biarri software has been used to deliver successful networks across the United States, Asia and Europe. Biarri’s U.S. clients include Tier-1 telecommunications providers, design and engineering firms such as ONUG Solutions, infrastructure data firms such as QC Data, fiber overbuilders such as Allo Communications, municipalities and public-private partnerships.


Black & Veatch

www.bv.com
913-458-2000

Key Products: Consulting, engineering, construction, operations, program management services

Summary: Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch is a global engineering, consulting and construction company that specializes in telecommunications, energy, water and government services. An employee-owned company, Black & Veatch has approximately 10,000 professionals working in more than 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries. Services include engineering, procurement, construction, design, management consulting, asset management, environmental consulting and security. Black & Veatch has deployed more than 30,000 miles of fiber for commercial carriers, cities and utilities and was selected by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as part of a consortium that is building a statewide fiber backbone. Revenue in 2016 was $3.2 billion.

“Broadband demand (in terms of both desired speed and total monthly download) continues to triple about every three years, and this is putting huge pressure on traditional networks. Many networks are really feeling the pinch, and any older technologies, such as older DSL or older cable modem networks, are falling massively behind the demand curve. I foresee that anybody operating older networks is going to start feeling competitive pressure.”
– Doug Dawson, President, CCG Consulting

Blandin Foundation

www.blandinfoundation.org
877-882-2257

Key Products: Grant making, community leadership development and public policy programs

Summary: Since 1941, the Blandin Foundation, a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has been dedicated to strengthening rural Minnesota communities. Its Broadband Initiative, launched in 2003, helps communities educate citizens about the need for ultra-high-speed broadband and plan and execute broadband projects. The foundation has published informational guides, sponsored conferences and educational events, and supported many feasibility studies for the development of robust, high-speed broadband networks. It has supported implementation of broadband applications in schools, health care facilities and other institutions and for home-based users and has promoted broadband adoption in rural communities. Last year, Blandin selected six northeastern Minnesota communities for two-year partnerships with the foundation to advance local broadband initiatives.


C Spire / C Spire Fiber

www.cspire.com/home-services
855-277-4734

Key Products: Voice, video and internet access delivered over a fiber-to-the-home network

Summary: C Spire is building a 1 Gbps, ultra-high-speed network in Mississippi to attract investment and economic growth and pave the way for improvements in health care, education, civic life and municipal services. Using a crowdsourcing model, the company began preregistration in December 2013 and started offering services in multiple cities in fall 2014. C Spire’s FTTH deployment in Mississippi is supported by its existing fiber optic infrastructure, which was built to support the company’s LTE network and business services and includes more than 5,500 miles of fiber cable. In 2016, C Spire launched two hurricane-ready “super switches” to provide protection and service for customers in hurricane-prone areas. Recently, Madison County, Mississippi, signed a franchise agreement to bring C Spire Fiber to residents in some of its unincorporated areas, and C Spire’s Business Solutions division announced it is building fiber optic infrastructure near 18 key business developments and industrial sites in DeSoto County, Mississippi. In the last year, C Spire also launched C Spire TV, a streaming app that includes cloud DVR, eliminating the need for a set-top box. Based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, C Spire is privately owned and employs 1,425 people.

“In three years, many apartments will be ‘smart,’ with the adoption of IoT [becoming] commonplace. The success of this adoption will require the deployment of a well-designed wired and wireless managed infrastructure and the use of technology-adept service providers capable of meeting owner and resident expectations.”
– Richard Holtz, CEO, InfiniSys

Calix

www.calix.com
707-766-3000; 877-766-3500

Key Products: Fiber access solutions for residential and business services, network and services management software, value-added software as a service

Summary: Calix serves more North American FTTx providers than all other equipment vendors combined. It also serves several international markets with fiberand copper access solutions. Calix intelligent access solutions leverage its Calix Cloud software solutions. Calix Cloud is complemented by the GigaFamily premises devices, including the GigaCenter. In 2015, Calix introduced the Access eXtensible Operating System (AXOS), which allows software functions in the access network to run independently of the underlying hardware. This brings SDN/NFV functionality to the access network. The number of applications using AXOS has expanded enormously in the past year – there now are at least 600 modules that plug into AXOS. Calix has shipped 23 million ports of fiber and copper access lines to providers that have more than 100 million subscriber lines. Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Calix had 2016 revenue of $459 million and spent $100 million on research and development. It has 1,100 employees.


CCG Consulting

www.ccgcomm.com
202-255-7689

Key Products: Regulatory, engineering, marketing, strategy and planning services; raising money for broadband projects

Summary: In business since 1997, CCG is a full-service consultant for small communications carriers. The company specializes in launching new broadband ventures and making existing businesses more profitable. CCG offers a wide range of regulatory, engineering, strategy and planning, operations, budgeting and billing services. CCG helps clients design, upgrade and maximize fiber, coaxial, copper and wireless networks. CCG also offers direct operational assistance in areas such as number portability, new product development, cable programming, carrier disputes and billing audits. It is active in helping companies create workable public-private partnerships. CCG is currently engaged in broadband studies for 13 municipal entities and expects to conduct about 20 such studies for the year. The company is also working with half a dozen electric co-ops that are considering entering the fiber business.


CenturyLink

www.centurylink.com
318-388-9000

Key Products: Data, voice, video, managed security services, hosting, cloud and IT consulting services

Summary: A global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world, CenturyLink launched its 1 Gbps FTTH service in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2013. Today, CenturyLink passes more than 1.5 million homes with 1 Gbps service and continues to expand the service. CenturyLink also offers Prism TV, an interactive IPTV service, in 19 markets, passing 3.3 million homes. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, and cloud and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust, 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included on the Fortune 500 list of the largest U.S. corporations. With approximately 43,000 employees, CenturyLink posted operating revenue of $17.5 billion in 2016.


Charles Industries

www.charlesindustries.com
847-806-6300

Key Products: Fiber optic distribution enclosures and cabinets, fiber aggregation and demarcation interconnects and hubs, fiber cross-connects

Summary: Charles Industries designs and manufactures buried distribution pedestals; indoor and outdoor power, battery and equipment cabinets; building terminals for both fiber and copper distribution; and below-grade handholes. The company serves telecommunications, wireless, broadband cable, municipal, utility and government service providers with end-to-end solutions tailored for both rural and metro deployments. Charles focuses on creating solutions that lower the cost of deploying FTTP, shorten installation time frames and provide flexibility and reliability to fiber networks. Charles Fiber Pedestals, CUBE Cabinets, CFIT and CFBT Building Terminals and TRUE Below-Grade Enclosures are compact and lightweight yet provide excellent technician access and user experience. In 2017, Charles expanded its small-scale MDU enclosure offerings, introducing new building entrance housings and fiber hubs suited to apartment buildings, strip malls, shopping centers and campus buildings. New four-port and eight-port fiber transition terminals serve as demarcation points for fiber entering customer premises. Charles also expanded its offerings to include splice and splitter trays, splitter modules, optical taps, adapters, patch plates, attenuators, fan-out cables, jumpers and pigtails. Founded in 1968, Charles Industries is privately held and headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, with U.S-based engineering and manufacturing facilities.


Charter Communications / Spectrum Community Solutions

www.charter.com; www.charter.com/mdu

Key Products: Managed Wi-Fi services, internet, video and voice

Summary: With the acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, Charter is now the second-largest cable company in the United States. It sells internet, video, voice and managed Wi-Fi offerings under the Spectrum brand to more than 26 million residential and business customers in 41 states. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, the company has more than 90,000 employees, a network consisting of nearly 700,000 miles of physical infrastructure and annual revenue in excess of $40 billion. Spectrum Community Solutions works with property owners and managers to deliver advanced services that attract residents, increase property values and build on resident loyalty. Charter announced in March 2017 that it plans to invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and technology in the next four years. Charter is increasingly bringing fiber to sites for some new builds and multifamily properties. In certain multifamily properties, the Spectrum Fiber WiFi offering delivers gigabit internet speeds to residents.


CHR Solutions

www.chrsolutions.com
713-351-5111

Key Products: Communications network and outside-plant engineering; network planning; managed NOC and managed IT services; telecom billing software

Summary: CHR provides a range of engineering, business and technology solutions to communications service providers. The company offers engineering consulting and design solutions and services to ILEC, CLEC, power and municipal service providers. By the end of 2016, it had designed FTTx networks to pass more than 500,000 premises. Services include preparing applications for loans and grants, broadband planning, performing high-level and detailed designs of outside plant for FTTx networks, permitting, converting GIS/CAD files and implementing outside plant. CHR Engineering specializes in fiber design and has expertise with a variety of communications technologies, including xDSL, PON, active Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet, fixed wireless, microwave and Wi-Fi. CHR’s B/OSS solution, Omnia360, has been adopted by a number of independent service providers. Based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Omnia360 is a complete, out-of-the-box system available as a fully hosted cloud-based solution or as an on-site license subscription. The company is headquartered in Houston.


Cincinnati Bell

www.cincinnatibell.com; www.cincinnatibell.com/Fioptics
513-397-9900

Key Products: Telephone, data, video, wireless and information technology solutions

Summary: Households and businesses in Greater Cincinnati have access to Cincinnati Bell’s integrated communications solutions, which include local, long-distance, data, internet, entertainment, wireless and information technology services. In addition, Cincinnati Bell offers complex information technology solutions, such as managed services and technology staffing. The company’s fiber-based services, branded as Fioptics, include advanced high-speed data, digital television and telephone services and are available to 67 percent of Greater Cincinnati. In 2014, the company made gigabit internet speed available to Fioptics customers. It also sold its wireless spectrum licenses for $194 million so that it could focus its efforts on the efficient deployment of fiber. Last year, Cincinnati Bell extended its relationship with ETI Software Solutions to provide a variety of solutions, including a complex migration of commercial subscribers from T1 copper connections to fiber. Cincinnati Bell’s revenue in 2016 was $1.2 billion.


City of Ammon, Idaho, Fiber Optic Department

http://ammonfiber.info
208-612-4054

Key Products: Gigabit internet service

Summary: Although Ammon began lighting its residential FTTH network only six months ago, the project has been one of the most talked-about community fiber networks in the United States for several years. Both its financing model and its technical model are innovative. Like other cities, Ammon first built out the backbone network by connecting anchor institutions and paid for the build largely through cost reduction and cost avoidance. When it came time to connect residences and small businesses, Ammon allowed property owners who wanted fiber services to opt into financing their connections. By joining a broadband improvement district, an owner can pay installation costs up front or amortize the costs in the form of a bond that creates a lien on the property. Ammon’s technical approach uses software-defined networking to make creating an open-access network simple and low cost. The Ammon fiber system currently has six service providers; the network is also open to researchers and application developers who want to test new technologies or services. Ammon is committed to using its network to promote economic development and technical innovation.


Clearfield

www.SeeClearfield.com
763-476-6866; 800-422-2537

Key Products: Fiber distribution and protection systems for inside plant, outside plant and access networks

Summary: Headquartered in Minneapolis, Clearfield designs and manufactures fiber distribution and protection systems. Product lines include FieldSmart high-density fiber distribution systems for the inside plant, FieldSmart fiber scalability centers for the outside plant, a fiber delivery point series for access networks, and FieldShield, an optical fiber delivery and protection platform made of microduct and preconnectorized pushable fiber. All product lines integrate with the Clearview Cassette 12-fiber management system to deliver scalable deployment and craft-friendly operation. In the last year, Clearfield introduced a next-generation hardened optical fiber terminal, a test access point enclosure and drop cable options to join the FieldShield fiber protection system. Clearfield, which has more than 200 employees, posted $75 million in revenue for the year ending September 2016.


Comcast Cable / XFINITY Communities

www.comcast.com; www.xfinity.com/xfinitycommunities

Key Products: Internet, video, voice and home security services

Summary: The largest U.S. cable operator, Comcast delivers internet, phone and media services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and to businesses under the Comcast Business brand. XFINITY Communities works with building and property owners, developers, leasing agents, and homeowners associations to provide services to residents. In 2015, after building a national fiber backbone, Comcast launched Gigabit Pro, a symmetrical, 2 Gbps residential FTTH service. The company began rolling out the service in Atlanta in May 2015 and quickly followed with rollouts in many more markets. In 2016, Comcast began trials of gigabit residential service over its HFC network using DOCSIS 3.1 technology; this service is now available in dozens of markets to residential and business customers. When fully deployed, Comcast expects to be able to deliver gigabit speeds, via FTTH or coax, to almost every customer in its footprint. Over the last year, Comcast completed fiber network expansions in the downtown areas of Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut. Recent residential product launches include the Xfinity Stream app, which allows users to watch their TV line-ups on phones, tablets and laptops, and a digital whole-home networking solution that will be available to 15 million homes by the end of 2017. Comcast Business is now beta testing a new software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) solution for mid-market and enterprise customers. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation, which also owns NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable reported 2016 revenue of $50 billion.


CommScope

www.commscope.com
828-324-2200; 800-982-1708

Key Products: Cable and connectivity products

Summary: CommScope’s solutions constitute a complete end-to-end FTTH portfolio, offering multiple fiber architectures. With a suite of data center, headend/central office, outside-plant and end-user solutions, CommScope provides carriers, electric co-ops and other operators with the technology and architecture to meet the needs of residential, MDU, commercial and cellular backhaul applications. Founded in Hickory, North Carolina, CommScope has been involved in the broadband and cable TV industry since 1976 and has played a role in nearly all the world’s most advanced telecommunications networks. It is the largest supplier of subscriber-premises connectivity products and rugged conduit products. The acquisition of the TE Connectivity businesses, following earlier acquisitions of Andrew Corporation and SYSTIMAX, made CommScope a leading communications infrastructure provider that offers end-to-end passive network equipment to meet the growing demand for network bandwidth. CommScope’s Connectivity Solutions segment, which includes the company’s wireline and fiber offerings, comprised about 60 percent of CommScope’s overall revenue of nearly $5 billion in 2016.


Comsof / FiberPlanIT

www.comsof.com; www.fiberplanit.com
416-594-9777

Key Products: Software for FTTx network planning and design

Summary: Comsof was founded in 1998 as a spinoff of the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University in Belgium. Its flagship product, FiberPlanIT, is a software solution for FTTx network planning. FiberPlanIT’s automated and optimized design capabilities, based on GIS data, help network operators reduce planning and design time, avoid design errors and lower construction costs. Comsof provides the software on a license basis and offers consultancy services. FiberPlanIT is used in more than 40 countries, and the company recently opened an office in Toronto, Canada, to handle project management and support as well as sales for the Americas.


Corning Optical Communications

www.corning.com
828-901-5000

Key Products: Optical fiber, optical fiber cable, FTTH cabinets, splitters, terminals, connectors, cable assemblies, MDU products, other telecommunications hardware and equipment, engineering services, training

Summary: Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, it has applied its expertise in specialty glass, ceramics and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. In 1970, Corning developed the first commercial low-loss optical fiber. Corning also developed the first loose-tube cable design, the first plug-and-play solution for fiber to the home, and the first high-density, modular data center solution. Corning’s preconnectorized solutions introduced a new way to deploy FTTH networks, and its ultra-bendable ClearCurve product suite opened the way for cost-effective installation of fiber in MDUs and other challenging environments. Corning SMF-28 Ultra Fiber, designed for high performance across the range of long-haul, metro, access and fiber-to-the-home network applications, combines the benefits of low attenuation and improved macrobend performance in one fiber. In June 2017, Corning launched its new multiuse platform, a combination of multifiber and single-fiber connection points that makes it easier for operators to quickly deploy fiber-deep access networks. Corning has a leading position in key passive optical segments and is the world’s largest fiber producer. Its fiber operation is a $3 billion business and has grown at twice the industry average over the last five years. The company expects to reach $5 billion in fiber-related revenue by 2020.


COS Systems

www.cossystems.com
800-562-1730

Key Products: Demand aggregation software, BSS/OSS for managing open-access fiber networks

Summary: COS Systems’ cloud-hosted software helps network owners plan, deploy and manage modern broadband networks that deliver services from one or more providers. COS Service Zones is a demand aggregation tool that enables network builders to identify grassroots interest in better broadband, spread awareness of their projects and presell internet connections using a “fiberhood” approach. COS Business Engine is a BSS/OSS suite for managing and operating gigabit fiber networks. It enables network operators to easily market and sell services from multiple providers in an online marketplace. COS clients include private internet service providers and operators, public-private partnerships, municipalities, utilities and cooperatives in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In the last year, COS Systems expanded its presence in the United States with close to 30 new customers, entered a handful of additional countries and increased the number of open-access networks that its solutions manage. COS also announced industry collaborations with VETRO FiberMap and Marketbroadband.com.

Privately held COS Systems is headquartered in Umea, Sweden, and has its U.S. headquarters in New York City. It has 18 employees, and revenue for 2016 was $2 million.


Cox Communications

www.cox.com

Key Products: Broadband internet, video, voice and smart home services

Summary: With more than 6 million customers, Cox Communications is the largest privately held telecom company in the United States. It serves residential and business customers with a variety of advanced digital video, high-speed internet and telephone services over its IP network. In 2014, Cox launched residential gigabit internet speeds under the Gigablast brand, now available in 13 states and continuing to expand. Cox Communications joined with US Ignite to help make Phoenix and San Diego among the first “Smart Gigabit Communities” and teamed with the White House and HUD to bridge the digital divide for low-income families with school-age children through its Connect2Compete internet offer. Cox is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises and headquartered in Atlanta.


CTC Technology & Energy

www.ctcnet.us
301-933-1488

Key Products: Fiber and wireless broadband network design, engineering, financial analysis, strategy, assessment and implementation

Summary: CTC provides independent business and engineering consulting services for public-sector and nonprofit clients. Its expertise includes feasibility analysis, strategic planning, business plan development, market assessment, fiber and wireless network design and engineering, RFP preparation, grant applications and negotiations with private-sector partners. CTC currently provides fiber engineering and network financial planning services to the cities of Atlanta, Boston, Boulder, Lexington, Madison, Palo Alto, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. CTC played a key role in helping negotiate broadband public-private partnerships on behalf of the city of Westminster, Maryland; the coalition comprising the cities of Urbana and Champaign and the University of Illinois; and rural Garrett County, Maryland. CTC also provides strategic broadband guidance to the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts and New Mexico. Founded in 1983, CTC is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area and has satellite offices in many other states.

“Despite numerous obstacles, municipalities are now in greater numbers starting to deploy their own fiber infrastructure. I predict that an increasing number will choose an open-access model, which, [because of] the nature of cooperation instead of competition with private providers, will accelerate the pace at which muni networks light up across the nation.”
–Isak Finér, Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems

Danella Companies

www.danella.com
610-828-6200

Key Products: FTTH network design, engineering, construction and testing

Summary: Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Danella Companies has 17 divisions operating from 29 geographically diverse facilities in 12 states. Danella Construction performs approximately $225 million in work per year and is a leading installation contractor for all types of utilities, providing services for the power, gas distribution, water and communications industries. In 2016, Danella Companies had revenue of more than $50 million in FTTH installations alone, with a large portion of this work in the Southeast. Danella continues to expand its services to include fiber to the home for Tier-1 service providers and municipalities alike.


DASAN Zhone Solutions

www.dasanzhone.com
877-946-6320

Key Products: Network access equipment, passive optical LAN, Ethernet switching, mobile backhaul

Summary: DASAN Zhone Solutions offers network access solutions for service provider and enterprise networks. The company provides a wide array of reliable, cost-effective networking technologies, including broadband access, Ethernet switching, passive optical LAN and software-defined networks, to a diverse customer base that includes more than 1,000 network operators worldwide. Northwestel, a telecommunications service provider in northern Canada, recently deployed the MXK platform from DASAN Zhone Solutions to improve internet access in remote communities and simplify delivery of lifeline voice services. DASAN Zhone Solutions is headquartered in Oakland, California, and operates in more than 20 countries. The company was formed in 2016 from a merger of two existing FTTH equipment vendors, Zhone and Dasan Network Solutions.


“With the ever-changing technology and the demand for increased broadband, I cannot think of a more exciting industry to be in.”
– Dan Howick, Business Development Manager, Danella Companies

Design Nine  / WideOpen Networks

www.designnine.com; www.wideopennetworks.us
540-951-4400

Key Products: Broadband planning and feasibility studies, network business and financial planning, broadband project management, broadband network design, network buildout, network operations

Summary: The broadband planning and network design firm Design Nine is well known for its expertise in – and commitment to – local transport networks and open-access networks. Open-access networks it has planned and designed include Bozeman Fiber in Montana; Palm Coast FiberNET in Florida; nDanville, Rockbridge and Wired Road in Virginia; FastRoads in New Hampshire; AccessEagan in Minnesota; and Charles City County in Virginia. Design Nine’s services include fiber and wireless network design, grant-writing assistance, needs assessment, broadband network buildout assistance, financial modeling, business planning, legal and organizational design of community-owned broadband systems and project management. Design Nine’s subsidiary, WideOpen Networks, manages community-owned and private-sector networks, providing network monitoring, service provisioning, service provider attraction, asset management, billing and outside-plant management. Headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, Design Nine works on projects throughout North America. Current projects include network design, equipment specifications, pricing and financial modeling, network engineering and construction management, and network operations. These include two fiber construction projects for local government clients, a countywide broadband wireless buildout and 11 broadband feasibility and planning studies.


Ditch Witch

www.ditchwitch.com
800-654-6481

Key Products: Construction equipment for laying fiber

Summary: The feasibility of FTTH often depends on digging efficiently through challenging terrain, congested roadways and manicured lawns. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works company, is one of the companies deployers turn to in these situations. It specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality underground construction equipment for broadband installations globally. Equipment includes trenchers, microtrenchers, vibratory plows, horizontal directional drills, mud recycling and fluid systems, drill pipe, HDD tooling, vacuum excavation systems and mini skid steers. Ditch Witch Financial Services offers a variety of financing and lease options. Recent product launches include the MT16 microtrencher, the VP30 vibratory plow, a new line of mini skid steers and the next-generation HDD drill, the JT40. The Ditch Witch factory is located in Perry, Oklahoma, and the company has more than 1,400 employees. Ditch Witch equipment is distributed through a worldwide dealer organization, which operates in more than 100 countries through more than 170 locations.


Dura-Line

www.duraline.com
800-847-7661

Key Products: Conduit, cable-in-conduit, microducts and accessories

Summary: Dura-Line develops and manufactures HDPE conduits for protecting fiber optic, electrical and coaxial cables. It supplies fiber optic conduit and related products to telecom, data, cable TV, power and other markets. Customers include leading U.S. and international telephone and cable providers. Dura-Line developed the first ducts for installing and protecting fiber optic cables in 1981, introduced a complete line of fiber optic microduct products in 2001, and followed up in 2003 with FuturePath, a bundled package of microducts that can be installed the same way as traditional conduit. FuturePath allows up to 24 pathways in a single conduit. Dura-Line, which is owned by Mexichem, is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has 1,500-plus employees worldwide.


Dycom Industries

www.dycomind.com
561-627-7171

Key Products: Program and project management, engineering, construction, maintenance and installation services

Summary: Dycom provides specialty contracting services, including program and project management, engineering, construction, material provisioning, installation and maintenance for telecommunications, CATV and broadband providers throughout the United States. Dycom Industries subsidiaries provide services to construct, install, optimize and maintain communications facilities. The company offers a full complement of turnkey services for wireline and wireless networks, including planning, site identification and acquisition, architectural and engineering services, engineering and design, project management, materials purchasing and distribution, infrastructure construction, tower construction, equipment and antenna installation, cable placement and splicing, central-office EF&I, integration, residential and commercial installations, customer acquisition, locating services and maintenance. In July 2016, Dycom acquired for $107.5 million some assets and related liabilities of Goodman Networks, another infrastructure services firm. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Dycom has more than 12,000 employees. It posted $2.67 billion in revenue for FY 2016.



EntryPoint Networks

www.entpnt.com
801-518-7333

Key Products: Automated open-access platform

Summary: EntryPoint Networks, founded in 2007, provides a network management platform for a cloud world. It works with municipalities interested in redefining the technology and business model for FTTH to enable competition, innovation and fast internet. EntryPoint’s premise is that municipalities should own and control infrastructure as a utility and private companies should deliver services from the cloud. A subscriber can switch ISPs in less than 20 seconds using EntryPoint’s platform, which combines software-defined networking, network automation and network virtualization. The municipal fiber network in Ammon, Idaho, as well as ATC Communications in Malad, Idaho, implemented the EntryPoint solution in 2016. Privately held EntryPoint Networks is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has 10 employees. It has won numerous awards and two research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.


​EPB Fiber Optics

www.epb.com
423-648-1372

Key Products: Voice, video, data and smart-grid services provided over a fiber optic network

Summary: EPB’s fiber-to-the-home network is frequently cited as one of the success stories of municipal broadband. It delivers internet, voice and video services and serves as the backbone for Chattanooga’s smart grid. In addition to increasing power reliability, reducing outage durations and improving operational efficiency, the smart grid provides detailed usage information for electricity customers. EPB has distributed electric power to the Chattanooga area since 1935 and now serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600-square-mile area that includes portions of eight counties in Tennessee and Georgia. In 2009, it launched EPB Fiber Optics, which serves more than 90,000 homes and businesses. In 2010, EPB brought 1 Gbps speeds to Chattanooga, and in 2015, it announced NextNet, a new 10 Gbps internet service available anywhere in the EPB service area. The company is partnering with its first 10 Gbps customer, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), to provide internet connectivity throughout the entire campus. In collaboration with such organizations as the Company Lab and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the community launched a summer program, called GIGTANK, aimed at spurring innovation. Now in its seventh year, the program hosts students and entrepreneurs in Chattanooga to develop next-generation apps and disruptive business ideas using the nation’s largest municipal gigabit network.


ETI Software Solutions

www.etisoftware.com
770-242-3620; 800-332-1078

Key Products: Software for managing broadband service assurance

Summary: ETI Software Solutions delivers tools that telecom, broadband, video, utility, OTT and IoT providers need to manage complex systems, reduce operating costs and ensure optimal quality of service. These include software to support activation, billing, workforce management and marketing. Specializing in fiber networks, ETI preintegrates its software with all leading fiber technology vendors. In 2016, the company introduced Vision360, a predictive analytics platform that brings together traditionally siloed data to create a transparent, real-time, business-level solution. Vision360’s visualization of subscriber, device and service data yields actionable intelligence for customer service reps, field technicians, and management, marketing and network operations personnel. ETI introduced an IoT device management platform, Beamfly, in 2016 to support connected homes, smart cities and utilities. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, ETI Software Solutions is 100-percent employee owned.


eX2 Technology

www.ex2technology.com
402-817-7970

Key Products: Project financing, design, installation, right-of-way development and maintenance for broadband, intelligent transportation and critical infrastructure networks

Summary: eX² Technology was formed to be a single-source broadband solution provider for communities, broadband consortiums, government agencies, utilities and carriers. Its public-private partnership offerings include project financing and right-of-way development along with engineering and build services. Recent clients include Mount Washington, one of Massachusetts’ smallest towns, for a municipal broadband system; Batavia, Illinois, for various services in support of the city’s fiber optic network expansion plan; and Ammon, Idaho, to support the town’s development into one of the nation’s true open-access connected cities. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, eX2 was founded in 2015.


EXFO

www.exfo.com
1-418-683-0211; 1-800-663-3936

Key Products: Wireless and wireline telecom test, service assurance and analytics solutions

Summary: EXFO has pioneered network test, monitoring and analytics solutions for more than 30 years. The company’s test orchestration and performance intelligence solutions help communications service providers smoothly deploy, maintain and manage physical, hybrid, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. EXFO has deep expertise in lab and field testing and provides test orchestration solutions that automate complex FTTH testing and workflows to boost efficiency and subscriber quality of experience. EXFO supports customers as they go through major network evolutions of all kinds. Its FTTH test orchestration portfolio includes fiber inspection solutions; OLTS, OTDR and iOLM, including CWDM and DWDM models; PON power meters, Ethernet protocol testers and advanced, end-to-end monitoring solutions for the physical and service layers. For the last six years, Frost & Sullivan has recognized EXFO as the market leader in portable fiber optic test equipment. More than 2,000 customers use EXFO’s test instruments and real-time, 3D analytics solutions. The company has more than 1,500 employees in 25 countries. In fiscal 2016 (ending August 31, 2016), the company reported revenue of $232 million.


Fiberdyne Labs

www.fiberdyne.com
315-895-8470

Key Products: Optical passive devices, multiplexers, fiber optic cable assemblies, termination boxes, MPO cables and cassettes, contract fabrication

Summary: Fiberdyne Labs Inc., established in 1992, is a manufacturer of fiber optic products, including termination boxes, passive modules (WDM and fiber splitters), fiber jumpers, pigtails and MPO cables and cassettes. New products include wall-mounted, rack-mounted and exterior termination boxes; thin-diameter patch cables; high-capacity light guide cross-connect (LGX) modules in a wide variety of configurations; and improved fiber tap products that use thin-film technology. Fiberdyne’s new 1RU and 2RU termination boxes with splicing will be available soon. The company also offers fiber characterization testing services nationwide. Headquartered in Frankfort, New York, Fiberdyne has 100 full-time employees.

“IoT devices may use a small amount of bandwidth, but the millions upon millions of devices coming online each day will create an ocean of data that clearly impacts a provider’s ability to service customers. Real-time diagnostics, automation and advanced analytics will be critical to ensuring profitability today and in the future.”
– Frank Gine, CEO, ETI Software Solutions

Finley Engineering

www.finleyusa.com
417-682-5531

Key Products: Network design and engineering services

Summary: Finley Engineering has nearly 65 years of communications and electric power engineering experience and 30 years of experience with fiber communication and data projects. It works with organizations that provide fiber connections to improve quality of life and economic opportunities. Founded in 1953, Finley has more than 250 employees in 10 offices nationwide and is one of the largest communications network design companies in the United States. Specializing in end-to-end engineering consulting, it works with telecom providers, electric cooperatives, municipalities and counties to find the best broadband strategies to fit specific needs. Every project starts with a strategic discussion regarding broadband and includes all stakeholders to gather critical information and perspectives. Then, once a project is underway, Finley provides construction observation and project management. Finley has completed more than 20,000 miles of FTTH projects and passed more than 100,000 homes with fiber.


Fujitsu Network Communications

http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom
888-362-7763

Key Products: Multivendor core, access and wireless network equipment; network management software solutions; end-to-end multivendor network project integration; other professional services

Summary: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., based in Richardson, Texas, builds middle-mile and last-mile fiber networks, partnering with states, municipalities and utilities. It works with customers or their consultants to plan, design, build, operate and maintain broadband networks. It delivers custom, end-to-end network integration by combining the best of wireline, wireless and software technology with multivendor services, using a vendor-agnostic approach to provide turnkey solutions for FTTH implementations. Fujitsu Network Communications has served as prime integrator for high-profile telecommunications and enterprise projects that include an ongoing FTTH deployment by Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos, New Mexico, and middle-mile network connectivity for Horizon Telcom in southern and eastern Ohio. Fujtsu powered a 2,000-mile fiber network with broadband speeds up to 100 Gbps for Illinois Century Network, an open-access provider owned and operated by the state of Illinois. Last year, the company was design-build integrator for FairlawnGig, a municipal fiber network in Fairlawn, Ohio, and it operates and maintains the network. Fujitsu Network Communications is a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, a global information and communications technology company based in Japan, which offers technology products, solutions and services in more than 100 countries. The company, which has approximately 159,000 employees, reported consolidated revenues of about $39.5 billion for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2017.


GigabitNow

www.gigabitnow.com
866-748-8066

Key Products: Turnkey solutions for planning, design, construction, operation and support of gigabit fiber-to-the-home networks; co-location and backup services

Summary: GigabitNow offers customized fiber internet solutions for cities, communities, multitenant buildings and businesses. Operator and builder of one of the oldest FTTH networks in the United States, it has had recent success building and operating a network for a community on the California coast and delivering fiber broadband for multifamily communities in the Northwest. A developer of fiber networks since 2004, GigabitNow consults with each community to determine its best options, then guides the project from design through implementation. Once a network is constructed, GigabitNow performs network management, daily operations, end-user support and billing. GigabitNow operates the Highlands Fiber Network in Issaquah, Washington, one of the first FTTH networks built in the United States. Recent projects include master-planned communities, apartment communities and businesses in Washington state and California. GigabitNow, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, has about 50 employees. It is a division of IsoFusion Inc., one of the largest privately held ISPs in western Washington.


GLDS

www.glds.com
800-882-7950

Key Products: Customer management, billing, provisioning and workforce management software for broadband

Summary: Since 1980, GLDS has helped small operators look big by providing reliable, full-featured billing and management software at affordable prices – including cloud-based services that operators can use with little server investment. Partnering with major equipment suppliers worldwide, GLDS supports FTTH, IPTV, DOCSIS, OTT, LTE, TVE, cloud services, wireless, satellite, mobile payments and legacy delivery systems. This year it announced solutions that work seamlessly with the Calix AXOS cloud-based network operating system. It has installed solutions for more than 800 small to midsize broadband operators, including FTTH, cable, satellite, and wireless operators that range in size from startups to providers with more than 400,000 customers. GLDS has offices in Carlsbad, California; Wisconsin; and Lithuania and operates in 49 U.S. states (all except Delaware) and 47 countries. Key products include BroadHub for customer management and billing and SuperController for multiservice automated provisioning. WinForce tech, a mobile workforce management platform, empowers field techs with tools previously available only to office staff. Available in native Android and browser-based platforms, WinForce tech is fully integrated with BroadHub.


Google Fiber

fiber.google.com

Key Products: Voice, video and gigabit internet services delivered over a fiber network

Summary: Since being founded by Google in 2010, Google Fiber has become a major competitive overbuilder that catalyzed FTTH deployments nationwide by introducing gigabit speeds at moderate prices in a growing number of cities across the United States. The total number of metropolitan areas in which Google Fiber is building networks now stands at 11. In 2016, Google Fiber began tapping into existing fiber to offer its services. Current projects include Huntsville, Alabama, where Google Fiber is using part of the fiber network that Huntsville Utilities is building, and San Francisco, where Google Fiber will use existing fiber to serve apartments and condos. The company’s October 2016 acquisition of Webpass, an ISP that offers gigabit speeds to urban buildings using a hybrid fiber-wireless technology, is part of this effort. Webpass service is currently available in eight cities: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. In October 2015, Google Fiber was separated from Google when both became subsidiaries of the Alphabet umbrella company. Alphabet’s Other Bets segment, of which Google Fiber is now a part, posted 2016 revenue of $809 million. Marking a significant change in strategy, in October 2016, Alphabet announced that it would pause plans to roll out fiber in some cities where discussions had already begun or end discussions altogether. The company also announced a 9 percent staff cut in its national Google Fiber division. In 2016, Google Fiber rolled out Fiber Phone, a home phone service being offered to residential customers in its fiber cities. The company also updated its Fiber TV app to play and record TV shows, sports and movies. However, it notes a rise among customers opting for its 1 Gbps internet-only service. In March 2017, Google Fiber released a community impact report summarizing the positive results of its digital inclusion fellowship program, along with other collaborative community efforts.



Graybar

www.graybar.com
800-GRAYBAR (472-9227)

Key Products: PON electronics, optical transport, fiber cabinets/enclosures, single-mode fiber optic cable, fiber splice closures and pedestals, DC power, outdoor fiber terminals, FTTx drop cable, hardened multiservice terminals

Summary: Graybar specializes in supply-chain management services – getting the right parts to the right places at the right time so construction moves ahead and inventory doesn’t pile up in warehouses. The company is a leading North American distributor of components, equipment and materials for telecommunications and other industries. FTTH and related solutions represent a significant portion of its broadband business. Independent telephone companies, competitive phone companies, municipalities, RUS plow contractors, wireless backhaul providers, central-office contractors and cable companies all depend on Graybar. Founded in 1869 as Gray and Barton, today Graybar sells thousands of items from leading manufacturers; its value-added services include kitting and integrated solutions. A Fortune 500 company with gross sales of $6.4 billion in 2016, Graybar employs 8,500 people at 290 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It is one of North America’s largest and oldest employee-owned companies.


GVTC Communications

www.gvtc.com
800-367-4882

Key Products: High-speed internet with 1 Gbps availability, video, smart home security monitoring and home automation, local and long-distance telephone, advanced data services, Wi-Fi, Ethernet backhaul

Summary: A large telephone cooperative based outside San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country, GVTC continues to make a name for itself through its aggressive rollout of fiber to the home and close collaboration with the economic development agencies that use its fiber network to recruit and retain businesses. Through GVTC’s continual fiber network expansion, approximately 75 percent of rooftops in the company’s 2,200-mile service area are eligible for a FTTH connection. All fiber customers can subscribe to gigabit internet speeds or purchase SpeedSync, the only symmetrical broadband service in GVTC’s service area, with up to 100 Mbps up-and-down connection. GVTC reports a 93 percent year-over-year sales growth through its SpeedSync product. In addition to its fiber broadband products, the company offers customers cable television with more than 200 channels, voice, security monitoring and a growing lineup of Honeywell Lyric smart home products. GVTC also offers an array of communications solutions to business and enterprise customers. In 2016, the company capitalized on its fiber network expertise to launch its wholesale Ethernet services business. GVTC now sells Ethernet access services, Ethernet transport service and fiber to the tower to customers that require reliable access to metro and remote markets in Central and Southern Texas, Dallas, Houston and Mexico. GVTC leveraged its fiber assets and formed partnerships with regional telephone companies, fiber segment providers and metro fiber providers to create a wholesale network. Revenue for 2016 was approximately $92 million.



Henkels & McCoy Group, Inc.

www.henkelsgroup.com
888-HENKELS (436-5357)

Key Products: Planning, design, engineering, project management, construction, operations management, and installation of wireline and wireless communications networks, both outside and inside plant

Summary: Henkels & McCoy Group (HMG) is a privately held engineering and construction firm. Through its subsidiaries, it provides critical infrastructure for the communications, power, oil and gas pipeline, and gas distribution markets. HMG was formed in 2016 as the parent company of Henkels & McCoy and the newly formed subsidiary companies, HMI Technical Solutions and
HMI Communications. The HMG companies work with carriers, utilities, enterprises and all levels of government to deliver services for the planning, design, construction and installation of wireline and wireless communications networks. HMG has been an FTTH pioneer, performing feasibility studies, project management, construction management, implementation of outside plant and inside plant, and underground and aerial construction. With more than 50 regional, area and project offices, approximately 5,000 employees and more than 6,000 pieces of modern equipment, HMG companies provide end-to-end solutions for customers. HMG’s subsidiary Henkels & McCoy (founded in 1923) consistently ranks in the top 10 of Engineering News-Record’s Specialty Contractors and has been recognized with an E. I. DuPont Safety Excellence Award.

“As internet-connected devices become more and more capable, their bandwidth requirements are creating a sense of crisis in smaller communities that cannot meet business and residential needs for affordable bandwidth.”
– Andrew Cohill, Ph.D., President, Design Nine Inc.

Hiawatha Broadband Communications

www.hbci.com
888-474-9995

Key Products: Voice, video and data services; wholesale data transport

Summary: Competitive provider Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) delivers broadband services to small towns in southeastern Minnesota. Founded in 1997, HBC operates both hybrid fiber-coax and fiber-to-the-home networks – its first two networks were HFC and the last 17 have all been FTTH. It also provides wireless broadband in rural areas. One of its deployments, Red Wing, was selected as a US Ignite city based on HBC’s network. HBC is also the operator of the RS Fiber Cooperative gigabit fiber-to-the-farm project in Minnesota. In 2015, HBC activated a 96-wave fiber-optic transport ring in southern Minnesota. Each wave is capable of up to 100 Gbps. The network connects more than 20 southern Minnesota cities to the protected fiber-optic network ring. HBC is currently building an FTTH network in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and three smaller southeastern Minnesota towns. The company provides a video service selection of more than 300 channels, digital music, pay-per-view and extensive local programming produced by HBC Productions. HBC has more than 120 employees, 19 retail communities, and wholesale, construction, fiber transport, business consulting and technical support divisions. Annual revenue is more than $28 million.


Hotwire Communications

www.hotwirecommunications.com
800-409-4733

Key Products: Residential and commercial high-speed data, Wi-Fi solutions, security, home automation, digital voice and HD IPTV video services delivered over FTTP networks

Summary: Hotwire Communications is one of the largest and oldest independent providers of fiber-to-the-home communications solutions in the United States. It provides services to private residential communities, condominiums, apartments, hotels, multitenant commercial buildings, government buildings, student housing, and senior and assisted living facilities. Hotwire Communications operates in more than 13 states and owns its fully redundant fiber network. As a competitive local exchange carrier and franchised cable operator, Hotwire Communications designs, builds and operates its telecommunications and in-home entertainment services. Residential services include ultra-high-speed data, HD IPTV, VoIP and advanced home automation solutions. Fision Work, the company’s business division, offers, in addition to these products, symmetrical metro Ethernet, co-location, hosted PBX, PRI, DAS solutions and other business services. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Hotwire has used fiber since 2002 and began delivering fiber to the home and IPTV in 2006. In 2014, it became the first residential gigabit internet provider in Florida. Recently it provided a 10 Gbps symmetrical connection to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach – one of the fastest hotel connections in the world.



InfiniSys Inc.

www.ElectronicArchitect.com
386-236-1500

Key Products: Telecommunications and broadband network design for multiple-dwelling-unit buildings; amenity selection; low-voltage and wireless system engineering; contract negotiation and project management

Summary: To differentiate their communities, MDU owners call on InfiniSys, a leader in multifamily electronic architecture. As an independent technology adviser, InfiniSys creates comprehensive, standards-based amenity solutions that include entertainment, access control, video surveillance, digital signage and messaging, energy management, and leisure-space control systems for new and existing apartments, condominiums, student housing, senior housing, hotels, mixed-use developments and master-planned communities. The thousands of projects InfiniSys has undertaken since its inception in 1990 have garnered many awards for forward-thinking solutions and exceptional customer support. InfiniSys works with electronics and infrastructure manufacturers, software developers, and public and private service providers to create new products and service offerings, including IoT solutions. It developed the trademarked Fiber to the Apartment, Networked Apartment and Smart Apartment brands. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, the firm represents developers and property owners in negotiations with service providers and low-voltage contractors and oversees projects for financial stakeholders.


Institute for Local Self-Reliance

www.ilsr.org; www.MuniNetworks.org
612-276-3456

Key Products: Broadband policy research and municipal broadband advocacy

Summary: Since 1974, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has championed local self-reliance based on human-scaled institutions and widely distributed ownership. The nonprofit organization, which has offices in Maine, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., conducts research, advocacy and education that support local control of energy, recycling, financing, broadband and other initiatives. ILSR promotes the intelligent use of advanced technology to achieve locally determined goals. Its Community Broadband Networks Initiative, directed by Christopher Mitchell, is one of the most important sources of information and analysis about municipal fiber-to-the-home projects in the United States. ILSR’s publications, including its MuniNetworks.org blog and its weekly podcast, have been instrumental in showing communities that controlling their broadband destinies is feasible and has the potential to improve local economies and quality of life.



Inteleconnect Inc.

www.inteleconnect.com
734-604-1563

Key Products: Service provider negotiations, financial feasibility plans, fiber infrastructure design, and consultation and situation analysis for developers, property management companies, educational institutions, businesses and municipalities

Summary: Founded in 1998, Inteleconnect develops telecommunications strategies for municipalities, college and university campuses, mixed-use developments and small, medium and large businesses. The company designs and manages service provider–neutral networks (it designed, implemented and currently manages the St. Joe Valley Metronet in South Bend, Indiana); negotiates for in-building distributed antenna systems for such institutions as Clemson University, Nemours Children’s Hospital and Lake Nona Medical City; and negotiates telecommunications service contracts to enable advanced internet, cable TV and telephone networks. Recent projects include the design and implementation of the statewide research and medical fiber network (SCLR) that connects the three research universities and seven major medical facilities in South Carolina. Other projects include Avalon for North American Properties in Alpharetta, Georgia, and the restructuring of Heather Gardens, an existing 2,400-unit, 55-plus community in Aurora, Colorado.

“The needs of businesses for the fastest internet speeds possible are growing exponentially. Virtual and augmented reality training, 3D product modeling, video conferencing and telecommuting give companies a competitive edge and need the strong backbone that we provide.”
– Edi Demaj, Co-Founder and COO, Rocket Fiber

iPhotonix

www.iphotonix.com
214-575-9300

Key Products: Optical network terminals, residential gateways, network functions virtualization, cloud transformation

Summary: Based in Richardson, Texas, iPhotonix is a key player in the virtualization of optical access that is beginning to occur worldwide. iPhotonix advances open, modular software platforms that simplify network operation, enable multivendor hardware deployments and seamlessly connect physical and virtual network elements. In addition, the company develops and commercializes solutions to help service providers migrate to optical access networks in an easy, fast, affordable way. Its GPON and active Ethernet ONTs interoperate with a wide variety of central-office and customer-premises equipment, including RF video headends and set-top boxes, to provide FTTH services to all market segments. The iVolve optical network termination platform includes more than 50 models of ONTs and gateways, and the iPhotonix Virtual Network (iVN) platform enables communications service providers to create network managed services for a fraction of the cost and time it takes to deploy traditional managed services. The iPhotonix team has a rich history of innovation, R&D experience and delivery of reliable solutions from its origins at Siemens Telecom. The company’s solutions are tested and deployed by many communications service providers worldwide.


KGPCo

www.kgpco.com
800-755-1950

Key Products: Products for FTTH, including outside plant, central office, DAS, transmission and customer premises; supply-chain and distribution services

Summary: This year, BlueStream and KGP Logistics joined to form KGPCo, a provider of complete, customized, scalable supply-chain and network transformation solutions for the communications industry. KGPCo combines a comprehensive suite of technical strategy and implementation services with a national logistics network and portfolio of technology partnerships. The company is focused on being a trusted partner for customers and providing a single brand that can deliver a complement of network solutions. KGPCo recently launched the KGPCo Solution Innovation Center to evaluate, design, and engineer cloud and virtualization solutions developed and operationalized in a live network environment.


Ledcor Technical Services

www.Ledcor.com
512-275-3500

Key Products: Turnkey and multiservice communications solutions, including design, engineering, sales, construction and maintenance of wireless and wireline terrestrial networks, submarine networks, outside and inside plant and FTTx

Summary: Ledcor, in business since 1947, is a diversified construction company that has been building communications networks since 1979. It has built more than 45,000 miles of fiber across North America, including the United States’ first full-standard GPON networks and Canada’s first transcontinental fiber network. The company employs more than 6,000 people in 30 offices across North America; the communications division alone has more than 1,200 employees. Ledcor has played a major role in two recent large, pioneering, public-private communications partnerships: the Mackenzie Valley Fiber Link (Northwest Territories of Canada) and the Kentucky Next Generation Information Highway. Ledcor Technical Services is headquartered in Austin, Texas.


Leviton Manufacturing

www.leviton.com
800-323-8920

Key Products: Premises wiring, outside plant, central-office solutions and home automation products

Summary: Leviton Manufacturing supplies secure, high-bandwidth fiber and copper connectivity solutions for enterprise, data center and service provider networks. Residential customers use Leviton’s lighting controls, wiring devices and home automation products, which allow homeowners to create smart living environments that deliver energy savings, safety and convenience. The company has more than 20 years of experience developing solutions for high-speed networks and offers a full line of custom-configurable products along with layout and design support services for data centers. The company’s online configurator allows users to customize enclosures, copper and fiber cable assemblies, copper patch cords and power distribution units to meet their network needs. Leviton’s LightSpace enclosures, designed to meet the requirements of service providers large and small, are used in central-office, outside-plant and fiber-to-the-premises applications. Privately held and based in Melville, New York, Leviton has a portfolio of more than 25,000 products and 600 patents, employs more than 7,000 people and has sales in 80 countries.


Magellan Advisors

www.magellan-advisors.com
888-488-1767

Key Products: Broadband and telecom planning, deployment and management services

Summary: Magellan Advisors is a full-cycle consulting firm that offers services from project inception through implementation and into continuing operations. It provides comprehensive community broadband planning, telecommunications master planning, deployment and management services to governments, municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and private organizations and a suite of public-sector IT solutions to local, state and federal government markets. Magellan helps communities identify, negotiate and forge public-private and public-public partnerships. Its projects have led to more than $1 billion of investments in broadband networks that connect more than 1,000 schools, hospitals, libraries and government facilities and pass nearly 1 million homes with fiber. Magellan’s portfolio includes more than 250 engagements for city, county, state, federal and private broadband projects. Clients range from the national government of New Zealand to the new master-planned community of Babcock Ranch, Florida. Recent clients include Naperville, Illinois; Sonoma County, California; and Culver City, California. Magellan is headquartered in Denver and has regional offices in Miami and San Diego.

“Elected officials and agencies must truly address bringing 21st-century technology to 46 million Americans in rural areas with transformational fiber-based services. Rural America must have real access to fiber-based critical advances in telemedicine, education, workforce development and other categories. This requires creative ways of funding.”
– Darby A. McCarty, Chairman and CEO, Smithville

Mapcom Systems

www.mapcom.com
804-743-1860

Key Products: Visual operations system software, network management, FTTH management, geographic information systems, workforce management tools, systems integration, training and consulting

Summary: Mapcom Systems offers a visualization-based approach to FTTH operations and management. Its M4 Solutions Suite encompasses the entire FTTH life cycle from PON or active network design and feasibility analysis to day-to-day plant/facility assignment and network maintenance and management. It includes both outside and inside plant at physical and logical levels. Providers use the M4 Solutions Suite to model their networks and service areas, integrating and correlating data from billing, accounting, GPS tracking, element management, network monitoring and vehicle-tracking applications in a visual interface. Using the suite in conjunction with M4 Workforce and M4 Process Manager technology, staff can communicate via mobile devices to handle trouble tickets, service orders, field locates and permitting. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with a staff of more than 100, Mapcom has worked since 1971 with independents, cooperatives, fiber communities and campus telecommunications providers across the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.


MasTec North America Inc.

www.mastec.com
888-785-2171

Key Products: FTTx deployment, outside-plant cabling, engineering, inside-plant construction and installation, joint trench systems, splicing and testing, systems integration, fulfillment, ongoing maintenance

Summary: MasTec’s engineering, design, construction and maintenance services support advanced fiber optic, copper, wireless and satellite networks. Its FTTH network experience includes underground and aerial fiber installation in urban, suburban and rural environments nationwide. It deployed Verizon Fios networks in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Florida, California and Texas and performed outside-plant construction for CenturyLink in Florida and Georgia, and it works with many small telephone companies as well. MasTec, which is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, can supply crews and equipment to its customers 24/7. By combining cutting-edge technology, innovative solutions, skilled professionals and a commitment to safety, the company ensures that its customers can meet their customers’ communications needs with reliability and quality. MasTec’s communications segment generated $2.3 billion in revenue for 2016.


Michels Corporation

www.michels.us
920-583- 3132

Key Products: Fiber optic network construction, including outside-plant construction, structured cabling, and fiber splicing and testing

Summary: In 1983, Michels, based in Brownsville, Wisconsin, was one of the first companies to construct fiber lines. Today, it builds thousands of miles of fiber optic and broadband networks each year. Its communications personnel serve all sectors of the communications industry – local telephone companies, broadband and cable TV providers, schools and enterprises. The company’s construction design and management services include all phases of inside- and outside-plant engineering. Plowing, trenching, splicing, terminating, testing, constructing aerial lines, directional boring, rail plowing, installing cable, conducting site work and providing FTTx solutions are some of the services Michels offers. Last year, the company booked $2.0 billion in new construction to rank 36th on the Engineering News-Record list of top 400 contractors and 18th among telecommunications contractors. It assists clients with growth forecasting, verifying existing facilities, investigating potential migration strategies and estimating costs of numerous deployment options. The firm has more than 5,000 employees in regional offices throughout the United States.


Mid-State Consultants

www.mscon.com
435-623-8601

Key Products: Communications engineering services, facilities management software

Summary: Mid-State Consultants offers a full range of communications engineering services for telephony, data and video networks as well as computerized mapping and conversion and construction supervision. The company has experience working for a broad clientele, including local exchange carriers, RBOCs, interexchange carriers, competitive access providers, ISPs, cellular operators and CATV operators, and it has participated in many FTTH projects. Mid-State assists clients with growth forecasting, verification of existing facilities, investigation of potential migration strategies and cost estimates of numerous deployment options. The company’s construction design and management services include all phases of inside- and outside-plant engineering. Mid-State’s e-TICS facilities management software facilitates the assignment of inside and outside plant from end to end; for FTTH networks, it can assign fibers and splitter ports to specific locations. Mid-State Consultants is headquartered in Nephi, Utah, and has eight regional offices throughout the United States.


Multilink

www.gomultilink.com
440-366-6966

Key Products: Fiber distribution and cable management solutions, connectors, splice enclosures and cabinets; MDU enclosures; raceway and pathway solutions

Summary: A manufacturer of telecommunications network components, Multilink, founded in 1983, focuses on fiber management solutions. Multilink’s customers include independent telcos, RBOCs, utilities, local area network providers and CATV MSOs. Its products are designed to meet the needs of both legacy plant and new technology applications. The company’s engineering staff works closely with customers to develop innovative designs and application-oriented products to provide cost-effective solutions. Based in Elyria, Ohio – where it is expanding its facilities – Multilink is privately owned and has 200 employees.


NBT Solutions / VETRO FiberMap

www.nbtsolutions.com; www.vetrofibermap.com
207-221-6627

Key Products: Fiber mapping software

Summary: NBT Solutions has delivered GIS, geodata and mapping services to the telecommunications industry since 2008. In 2016, it launched VETRO FiberMap, a cloud-based mapping product built on an open-source stack. Designed and built to meet the needs of small and midsize fiber ISPs and community fiber networks, VETRO FiberMap helps these organizations compete successfully with larger operators. The software’s open application programming interfaces allow integration with market intelligence and with planning, engineering and community infrastructure data. Notable customer wins since the launch of VETRO FiberMap include MetaLink, a midwestern telephone consortium, and Great Works Internet, a competitive provider in Maine, both of which adopted VETRO FiberMap as a core business platform. Other customers include FTTH ISPs; rural telcos; middle-mile networks; consulting, planning and design engineers; and developers. Privately owned NBT Solutions is based in Portland, Maine, and Buffalo, New York, and has a staff of 15.


NEO Connect

www.NEOconnect.us
970-309-3500

Key Products: Consulting, design and engineering services for middle-mile and FTTH networks

Summary: NEO Connect, founded by telecom and FTTH veteran Diane Kruse, provides strategic consulting services for utilities, municipalities, companies, tribal communities, real estate developers, grant recipients and government agencies that deploy fiber optic, gigabit and fiber-to-the-home networks. Services include consulting, feasibility studies, financial and business planning, financing, contract negotiations, design and engineering services, RFP writing and vendor management, project management, program management and appraisal services. Located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the firm has served communities across the United States.

“Long gone are the days of convincing service providers FTTH is the right technology solution. Most of the debate today is on how best to use innovative techniques such as microtrenching or wireless drops to cut costs and disruption and quicken the pace of deployment.”
– James H. Salter, Chairman, Atlantic Engineering Group

Nokia / Nokia Networks

www.nokia.com
908-582-3000

Key Products: Wireline and wireless network equipment, software for network management, IoT technology, cloud solutions

Summary: Nokia, headquartered in Espoo, Finland, is a market leader in wireless and wireline networks. It has a global presence with operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Greater China, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. A third of fixed-broadband subscribers worldwide are served by access networks that use Nokia technology, including EPON, GPON, xDSL and G.fast. Ten companies, including EPB Fiber Optics in Chattanooga, have deployed Nokia’s universal NG-PON technology to deliver 10 Gbps services. Nokia Bell Labs (descendant of the original Bell Laboratories) recently showed that Nokia’s XGS-PON technology, part of the company’s NG-PON offering, could support ultra-low-latency fronthaul for 5G mobile traffic, thus paving the way for true integration of wireline and wireless networks. Nokia closed 2016 with net revenue of more than $26 billion in 2016 on sales generated in about 130 countries. Nokia had around 101,000 employees at the end of 2016, with an annual R&D budget of more than $5 billion and R&D facilities in Europe, North America and Asia.


OFS

www.ofsoptics.com
770-798-5555; 888-342-3743

Key Products: Optical fiber; optical fiber cable; fusion splicers; fiber management and connectivity products for homes, businesses, data centers and MDUs; network design services

Summary: OFS’s heritage, which goes back to the original Bell Labs, includes pioneering research and development in fiber optics. Wholly owned by Furukawa Electric of Japan, OFS designs, manufactures and supplies optical fiber, fiber optic cable, specialty photonics and optical connectivity solutions, providing end-to-end fiber optic solutions for outside-plant and inside-plant networks. Products include EZ-Bend ultra-bend-insensitive optical cables and InvisiLight solutions for nearly invisible in-MDU and in-home fiber deployments; AllWave+ ZWP full-spectrum, zero-water-peak, bend-optimized fiber; gel-free Fortex loose tube, AccuRibbon ribbon and PowerGuide ADSS fiber cables; end-to-end fiber connectivity, optical splitter and fiber management solutions; fusion splicers and several MDU deployment solutions. The professional services group helps optimize network designs. Recent product launches include AccuRiser indoor/outdoor ribbon cable and the SlimBox underground terminal for plug-and-play connectorized drop cables. Headquartered near Atlanta, OFS is a global provider with facilities in North America, Europe and the Middle East and sales offices around the world. Furukawa Electric reported revenue of about $1.44 billion for its telecommunications group for the fiscal year ending March 2017.


On Trac

www.ontracinc.net
423-317-0009

Key Products: FTTH splicing, FTTH residential and commercial installation, mainline fiber splicing, MDU network design and installation, structured cabling, consulting, project management, warehousing, back-office structure

Summary: Based in East Tennessee, On Trac provides telecommunications services and special projects to network operators nationwide. Its core services are FTTH splicing and FTTH installation. Additional services include consulting; project management; training, service and repair; materials management and warehousing; scheduling processes; and back-office structure. Clients include municipal network operators, cooperatives and privately owned operators. On Trac serves ongoing FTTH deployments for Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Dalton Utilities, GVTC, LUS Fiber, Google Fiber, C Spire and Longmont Power & Communications. To date, On Trac has connected more than 250,000 FTTH installations and performed outside-plant work that includes aerial drops, underground drops, mainline fiber splicing and bidirectional testing.


Pacific Broadband Networks

www.pbnglobal.com
888-339-8805

Key Products: Optical broadband access products and network solutions, including active Ethernet, EPON and RFoG equipment for central offices and customer premises; network management and provisioning software

Summary: Pacific Broadband Networks (PBN) supplies broadband access products and network solutions that help operators bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies. Its equipment and network management products are suitable for HFC, FTTH, RFoG, Ethernet and DOCSIS applications. For example, the AIMA3000, a 1.2 GHz/DOCSIS 3.1–ready HFC headend platform that enables MSOs to build or upgrade their networks to meet access requirements for today and the future, simplifies MSOs’ transitions to IP networks by providing intelligent, interoperable RF and optical modules for HFC, RFoG, PON video overlay and other applications. Recently, PBN introduced netWatch, a platform for monitoring, maintaining and troubleshooting HFC networks and plant quality, and partnered with Technetix to deliver its access platform to Tier-1 MSOs in North America and Europe. Customers include major telcos and MSOs that serve tens of millions of subscribers around the world. Recent U.S. deployments include Arizona State University in Phoenix, NuLink Digital in Georgia, and SuperVision, an affiliate of YukonTel, in Alaska. Headquartered in Almere, the Netherlands, PBN has research and development facilities in Melbourne and Beijing and offices in Australia, China, Europe and the Americas. PBN is also well represented by channel partners globally.


Pavlov Media

www.pavlovmedia.com
800-677-6812

Key Products: Internet, video and voice services; managed services including support for leasing offices

Summary: Pavlov Media is a leading network provider in the multiple-dwelling-unit space and the largest private provider of broadband services to off-campus student housing communities. It builds and runs networks in 43 states and Canada. With more than 156,000 residents using its network, Pavlov Media provides high-speed internet and cable television to hundreds of apartment, condo and student housing sites. Pavlov Media’s 10 Gbps national fiber network backbone enables the delivery of internet speeds up to 1 Gbps. Other speed-enhancing innovations include WebSnap – a set of traffic management techniques that enable fast web page loading through superfast blasts of service – and a root domain name server hosted on Pavlov’s network to improve latency. Pavlov Media launched its first fiber-to-the-unit service several years ago and now supplies FTTU to thousands of apartments. Founded in 1994, Pavlov Media is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois.


Power & Tel

www.ptsupply.com
800-238-7514

Key Products: Fiber optic and cable products, optical networking electronics, test gear, IPTV and home networking solutions

Summary: The distributor Power & Tel specializes in the procurement, sales and logistics of communications products. By cost-effectively and efficiently managing the supply chain, Power & Tel lets its customers – service providers, contractors and other entities large enough to maintain their own communications networks – focus on building and maintaining fiber networks. The company also provides materials-management services that make use of state-of-the art distribution technology to accommodate the industry’s rapidly changing supply needs. Founded in 1963 and privately owned, Power & Tel is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, and has locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.



PPC Broadband Fiber

www.ppc-online.com
315-431-7200

Key Products: Armored polymer microduct and fiber cables for FTTH and MDU markets

Summary: PPC Broadband Fiber’s fiber optic cable, microduct and closure solutions are designed to enable cost-effective fiber deployment. The company’s Miniflex fiber cable provides protection, flexibility and installation performance and is compatible with industry-standard microducts. Miniflex fiber cable can be pushed by hand more than 400 feet, pulled for 900 feet or blown 2,500 feet. The QuikPush family of preconnectorized pushable fiber solutions and the all-dielectric, self-supporting (ADSS) cable are designed to speed up the last mile of FTTH and FTTC deployments. Preconnectorized QuikDrop cable is a small, ultra-tough, flexible fiber. Easy to ship and handle, it has been proven to reduce installation costs and time. In addition, PPC has several options for closures to house fiber cable slack, ONUs, and RF electronics and passives that provide security for consumers and convenience for technicians. PPC Broadband Fiber has installed more than 100 million feet of fiber cable and microduct in more than 52 countries.


Preformed Line Products

www.preformed.com
440-461-5200

Key Products: Fiber optic and copper splice closures, high-speed cross-connect devices, cable anchoring and control hardware and systems

Summary: Founded in 1947, Preformed Line Products (PLP) is an international designer and manufacturer of products and systems used to construct and maintain overhead and underground networks. The company recently updated its flagship product line of COYOTE fiber closures to make the devices even more durable, more versatile and easier to install. PLP serves telecommunications network operators, cable television and broadband service providers, power utilities, corporations and enterprise networks, government agencies and educational institutions. Headquartered in Cleveland, PLP operates domestic manufacturing centers in Rogers, Arkansas, and Albemarle, North Carolina. The company serves worldwide markets through operations in 18 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $336 million.


Prysmian Group

www.prysmiangroup.com
803-951-4800; 800-713-5312

Key Products: Optical fiber and telecommunications cables

Summary: Prysmian Group is the world’s largest cable solutions provider. The company operates through two global brands: Prysmian and Draka. With 130 years of history, Prysmian Group has subsidiaries in 50 countries, 89 plants, 17 R&D centers and more than 19,000 employees. In North America, operators have deployed more than 80 million fiber miles of Prysmian Group fiber. The company’s product portfolio includes optical fiber cable, composite fiber/power cable for wireless sites, FTTx solutions and premises/data cables. Prysmian offers two compact solutions for FTTH. Mini FlexTube cables are optimized for mid-span access with SuperFlexible 1.3 mm tubes that can be removed without tools. LT2.0 cable offers small, flexible conventional buffer tubes, with bend-insensitive fiber as a standard feature. Prysmian Group also offers ADSS and OPGW cables for FTTH and middle-mile builders that have access to electrical utility poles or transmission infrastructure. This year, Prysmian was awarded a supply agreement from Verizon Communications to support the company’s U.S. network expansion around a next-generation fiber platform that will speed the deployment of 5G services, while improving 4G LTE and other broadband capacity. In 2016, Prysmian’s sales reached more than $7 billion.


Pulse Broadband

www.pulsebroadband.net
314-324-7347

Key Products: Fiber network and FTTH feasibility studies, planning, design, construction management, provisioning, billing, customer care, video programming services and operations management

Summary: Pulse Broadband was formed in 2008 to bring fiber technology to underserved areas. Last summer, it was acquired by NRTC, a cooperative that serves 1,500 utilities in 48 states; Pulse is operated as an independent subsidiary, and NRTC is available to provide managed network services to Pulse clients. Pulse Broadband specializes in rural fiber broadband, helping electric cooperatives, municipalities and other organizations build and operate gigabit fiber networks to enable next-generation, smart-grid information delivery along with high-speed broadband internet and telecommunications services. Pulse helps clients determine which type of fiber architecture is most financially viable and then works to design networks, manage construction and optionally offer voice, video and data services once FTTH networks are built. Pulse also offers assistance with back-office functions, including billing, customer sales and support, reporting and marketing. It has completed more than 4,000 miles of fiber deployment and $150 million in FTTH projects.


Rocket Fiber

www.rocketfiber.com
844-847-6253

Key Products: Gigabit internet, managed services, voice, IPTV

Summary: Rocket Fiber was founded in 2014 and began rolling out FTTH services to residents and businesses in Detroit’s central business district in late 2015. It currently has more than 40 miles of fiber optic cable in Detroit and is preparing to expand east and west of the downtown area along the Detroit River and into midtown. One of the few U.S. providers to offer 10 Gbps residential service, it is preparing to add IPTV video services soon. Rocket Fiber is unusual among private, for-profit ISPs in that it was formed with the explicit goal of contributing to local economic development. Its mission is to develop and implement critical technology infrastructure that will contribute to transforming Detroit into an attractive city for technology and other businesses to locate. The company is at the forefront of Detroit’s smart-city movement, leading the development of high-tech assets. It is a part of Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, the best known of which is the financial giant Quicken Loans.


SDT

www.sdt-1.com
601-823-9440

Key Products: Telecommunications infrastructure services, including structured cabling; engineer, furnish and install services; design and engineering

Summary: Headquartered in Brookhaven, Mississippi, with 200 employees, SDT provides a diversified package of services to telecommunications carriers, developers and integration providers. The company performs planning, design, development, installation, testing, turnup and maintenance on all network environments, from long-haul fiber networks to FTTH, wireless and LAN. Recently, SDT has been involved in numerous projects to deliver fiber to cell sites. With its integrated project delivery strategy, SDT can bundle individual products from its separate business units (outside-plant engineering and construction, inside-plant and wireless services, real estate, right-of-way and managed services) as turnkey solutions. In association with its strategic partner, Clearion Software, SDT pioneered the use of GIS in fiber network design, which greatly reduces the time to engineer and design networks, speeds network buildouts and achieves cost savings for owners. SDT currently serves clients in 35 states and continues to expand its service offerings and national footprint.


SmartRG

www.smartrg.com
877-486-6210

Key Products: Carrier-grade customer-premises equipment; open-services platform for managing networked in-home devices; service provider tools for network optimization, insight and security

Summary: Service providers increasingly must view and manage equipment inside customer premises, and SmartRG is dedicated to providing the hardware and software for them to do that cost-effectively. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, SmartRG was spun off from the former ClearAccess when Cisco acquired the software assets of ClearAccess in 2012. One of its flagship products, Smart/OS, uses the emerging technologies of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization to support next-generation FTTH gateways and other in-home networking products Poised to take advantage of the connected-city and internet of things market trends, SmartRG has more than 600 service provider customers – including many fiber-to-the-home providers – with a total of more than 15 million broadband subscribers. Privately held SmartRG has annual revenues of more than $20 million.


Smithville Communications / Smithville Telecom / Smithville Fiber

www.smithville.com
812-876-2211; 800-742-4084

Key Products:  High-speed internet, IPTV, voice, managed services, cellular, home automation and security services, internet of things/big data support, cybersecurity measures, videoconferencing, consulting services

Summary: Privately owned Smithville Communications is Indiana’s largest independent telecom company, with 204 employees. In the last year, Smithville lifted data caps and speed tiers for all residential customers; completed a $4.5 million network upgrade that will allow it to offer wave-level connectivity from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps and scale to 200 Gbps in the future; and continued its $90 million FTTP buildout inside and outside its traditional service area. Smithville Fiber – Smithville’s brand for all-fiber communities and regions – expanded gigabit service to Jasper (now more than halfway built out) and parts of Bloomington; several more communities are under consideration. Smithville continued to expand its public-partnership platform for FTTH expansion without federal funding and improved rural connectivity with fiber to the cabinet. The company added a direct peering link to reduce latency and improve capacity for large data transmission. Smithville offers commercial services through Smithville Business, providing fiber-based connectivity, enterprise-scale Wi-Fi, data consulting, network management, cybersecurity measures, and managed services for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, health care providers and government offices in central and southern Indiana.

“A renewed focus in the market is pushing fiber plant farther and faster to the end user than ever before. The increasing organic investment, as well as the welcomed ACAM and CAF funding, is fulfilling the FTTx commitment of the industry.”
– Paul Shreve, Director of Technology, Walker and Associates

Sonic

www.sonic.net
888-766-4233

Key Products: Gigabit fiber-to-the-premises, fiber-to-the-node and DSL internet access; residential and business voice service; co-location; business networking

Summary: An internet service provider headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sonic has delivered internet connectivity for 22 years. Sonic’s fiber-to-the-premises projects began with managing Google’s beta FTTH network in 2010 at Stanford University. Since then, the company has built residential and business fiber networks in Bay Area cities, including parts of San Francisco. It is now expanding its fiber optic network within San Francisco and into surrounding areas, including Sonoma County, to achieve better economies of scale. In addition to fiber products, Sonic delivers high-speed DSL to homes and businesses throughout California. Sonic’s business internet and phone customers include Lagunitas, the Golden State Warriors, Amy’s Kitchen and Minted. Sonic’s mission is to provide internet freedom to all. The company supports privacy, uncapped bandwidth and affordable pricing for all products – it sells residential gigabit fiber internet with home phone service for $40 per month. Sonic has about 400 employees and serves 100,000 subscribers across California.


Superior Essex

www.SuperiorEssex.com
770-657-6000

Key Products: Premises and outside-plant fiber and copper cable products, FTTH enclosures

Summary: Superior Essex designs, manufactures and supplies a large selection of premises and outside-plant fiber optic and copper wire and cable products. The company supplies many of the largest telecommunications service providers, and its cable products are installed in thousands of enterprises around the globe. It recently introduced a line of cables for distributed antenna systems; FTTH enclosures, including fiber distribution hubs; and redesigned families of fiber dome closures. Superior Essex has a co-development and marketing alliance with Legrand to create a suite of structured cabling systems, nCompass, which provides solutions to the challenges of technical support, network energy efficiency, reliability and flexibility. The company recently launched PowerWise Category 5e cable, a 22-gauge communications data cable specifically designed for internet-connected devices that utilize Power over Ethernet. Also introduced recently is EnduraLite indoor/outdoor loose-tube optical fiber cable. Superior Essex is headquartered in Atlanta and has more than 3,000 employees. Its state-of-the-art product development center is in Kennesaw, Georgia, and it has manufacturing facilities in Brownwood, Texas; Tarboro, North Carolina; and Hoisington, Kansas.


Team Fishel

www.teamfishel.com
614-274-8100; 800-347-4351

Key Products: Network design, engineering, construction, installation and maintenance services

Summary: Established in 1936, Team Fishel has 2,200 “teammates” and 30-plus offices in 13 states across the United States. The company specializes in designing and constructing last-mile fiber optic networks for broadband service providers. Its fiber specialists have more than 35 years of experience building fiber to the home and business. Team Fishel has the technical resources to design broadband network infrastructures from initial planning stages through engineering, design, construction, installation, fiber splicing and system maintenance. Among its long-term projects, Team Fishel is working closely with SEI Communications to bring FTTH service to rural residents in southeastern Indiana. Team Fishel also serves the electric, gas and low-voltage cabling markets.


Telect

www.telect.com
509-926-6000

Key Products: Fiber optic and copper connectivity solutions, network power management, equipment racks and cabinets, cable management systems

Summary: Since 1982, Telect has designed and manufactured products that link networks and protect customers’ fiber investments. Its products and solutions are found in communications service provider networks, data centers and utility networks around the globe. The company designs and manufactures high-density fiber distribution solutions, including frames, chassis and rack-mount bulkhead panels. As a privately held company, Telect aims to respond to customers with innovative solutions tailored to their needs. The LTX series of fiber distribution panels, recently announced, was designed to maximize port density in a small footprint. Several other products the company is launching this year are designed to solve challenges many network engineers face with capex, opex, footprint and fiber cable protection. Telect pays particular attention to bend-radius standards, cable routing and protection, connector access and modular flexibility. The company is headquartered in Liberty Lake, Washington, with manufacturing operations in Liberty Lake and Guadalajara, Mexico.


The Broadband Group / TBG Network Services

www.broadbandgroup.com
702-405-7000

Key Products: Telecommunications master planning, network design and engineering, financial modeling, construction management

Summary: The Broadband Group (TBG), a technology and telecommunications consulting firm, develops business plans, network specifications, engineering designs, financial models and deployment strategies for utilities, master-planned communities, municipalities and service providers seeking to facilitate or deliver next-generation broadband services. Recently, TBG performed a feasibility study and implementation plan for Huntsville (Alabama) Utilities. TBG’s wholly owned subsidiary, TBG Network Services, now oversees the construction management process as Huntsville Utilities builds out its 966-mile, citywide fiber broadband network, which is currently leasing facilities to Google Fiber. TBG advises numerous development interests in creating broadband connected communities. For Metro Development Group, TBG facilitated a partnership agreement between Metro and Bright House Networks that created Florida’s first residential gigabit communities. Other notable clients include Nexton (MeadWestvaco – Charleston, South Carolina), Generation Park (McCord Development – Houston, Texas) and Ten Trails (Oakpointe Communities – Black Diamond, Washington). TBG defined, managed, and implemented comprehensive technology master plans for each of those communities. Based in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Huntsville, Alabama, TBG was founded in 1995 and has 16 employees and contracted associates.

“Taking fiber to the home has been a rewarding challenge. With an average 70 percent take rate in Ammon neighborhoods, it is obvious that consumers understand the value of fiber optic infrastructure when combined with true user choice and control.”
– Dana Kirkham, Mayor of Ammon, Idaho

Tucows / Ting

www.ting.com/internet
855-846-4389

Key Products: Gigabit internet access

Summary: Ting, a subsidiary of Tucows – a domain-management service company that ventured into the MVNO business in 2012 – launched its FTTH business with a bang in December 2014 when it acquired Blue Ridge InternetWorks, a competitive fiber provider in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, Ting provides fiber services across Charlottesville and continues to expand to new areas. Shortly after the Charlottesville announcement, the city of Westminster, Maryland, chose Ting to be the network operator and first service provider on its city-owned fiber optic network, which was lit in July 2015. Ting is also building a fiber network in Holly Springs, North Carolina, and began servicing customers there in January 2017. Ting announced that it will be going to Centennial, Colorado, and the Greater Sandpoint area of Idaho. Ting has ambitions to provide FTTH services in other small markets; the company is evaluating opportunities to invest in or partner with additional network operators, and its website invites consumers to “Put your town or city’s name on our watch list.” Tucows is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in Kirkland, Washington; Starkville, Mississippi; Amsterdam; Bonn and Singapore. With 350 employees, it reported $190 million in revenue in 2016.



TVC Communications

www.tvcinc.com; www.maxcellinnerduct.com
888-644-6075

Key Products: Broadband electronics, connectivity products, outside-plant hardware, test equipment, fabric innerduct, conduit technology

Summary: TVC Communications, a division of WESCO Distribution Inc., is a value-added distributor that stocks and same-day ships FTTH products and facilitates the planning, launching and turn-on of fiber networks in broadband, telephony and utility markets. TVC provides a number of services for FTTx networks – such as system design, project planning and custom cutting of fiber optic cable – in addition to any customized solutions a project requires. The company’s brands include MaxCell, a flexible, multicelled fabric innerduct system designed for the network construction industry. Compared with rigid innerduct, the MaxCell solution enables network owners and builders to increase cable density by as much as 300 percent. This increases space, reduces costs and allows overlay without breaking new ground. MaxSpace is a no-dig conduit space recovery solution designed to safely remove rigid innerduct from around active fiber cables with little to no load on the cable and no interruption of service.


Vantage Point Solutions

www.vantagepnt.com
605-995-1777

Key Products: Broadband engineering and consulting services, including network design, field services, financial and operational optimization, and outside-plant expertise.

Summary: Vantage Point Solutions (VPS), based in Mitchell, South Dakota, provides engineering and consulting services to broadband wireless and wireline providers. The company combines professional engineering, technical expertise and extensive regulatory knowledge to design technically advanced, economically viable solutions customized for each client. With more than 200 employees and 400 clients worldwide, VPS has enormous depth and expertise in broadband engineering, financial analysis and regulatory services. Services include professional engineering, outside-plant engineering, strategic planning, technology evaluation, network architecture design, and regulatory and feasibility studies.

“The demand for gigabit broadband is off the charts. A growing number of new ISPs – electric co-ops, munis, utilities and new overbuilders – are entering the market with FTTH broadband that create strong economic growth opportunities for their businesses and the communities they serve. These ISPs also have a great opportunity to partner with cloud providers to deliver additional services that enhance the overall broadband customer experience and improve their FTTH business case.”
– Kevin Mitchell, Vice President of Marketing, Alianza

Verizon Communications / Verizon Enhanced Communities

www.verizon.com; www.verizon.com/communities

Key Products: Internet, video and digital voice services over a fiber optic network

Summary: Verizon delivers broadband and other communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and the largest FTTH provider in the United States, it provides converged communications, information and entertainment services in the United States and integrated business solutions in more than 150 countries. As of the end of 2016, Verizon’s FTTH network, Fios, had 5.7 million internet subscribers and 4.7 million video subscribers, and it continues to add new customers in its existing footprint. It is also building out Fios in Boston for the first time. In 2016, Fios revenue grew 4.6 percent to almost $16 billion. Fios Gigabit Connection, the company’s flagship broadband service, offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 880 Mbps, and Fios Quantum TV offers the ability to record up to 12 shows at the same time and up to 200 hours of HD recording capacity. Verizon Enhanced Communities works with property owners, property managers and businesses to serve multifamily residential, multitenant commercial and mixed-use communities with high-bandwidth internet, TV and phone services. In June 2017, Verizon closed its purchase of Yahoo. A Dow 30 company with almost $126 billion in 2016 revenues, Verizon employs 161,000 people worldwide.



Vermeer

www.vermeer.com
641-628-3141; 888-837-6337

Key Products: Horizontal directional drilling equipment; utility and pedestrian trenchers and plows

Summary: Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, and selling worldwide, Vermeer manufactures underground installation equipment. Its involvement in fiber optic installation began in 1991 with the launch of its Navigator horizontal directional-drill product line. Navigator products can install communications lines underground without excavating or trenching, minimizing environmental disruption and helping reduce labor costs in fiber deployments. In 2010, Vermeer introduced a microtrenching system that allows installation of fiber lines into a roadway in one quick, efficient pass. Recent introductions include the S3 generation of directional drills in which speed, simplicity and quietness are trademarks of the product line. Each S3 model was redesigned based on customer input to achieve sound reductions, enhanced speed and a simplified design. Privately owned, Vermeer was founded in 1948.


Viavi Solutions

www.viavisolutions.com
408-404-3600

Key Products: Field and lab broadband test equipment, network monitoring systems, network performance monitoring and diagnostic services

Summary: Formed in 2015 when JDSU split into two companies, Viavi Solutions has nearly 100 years of experience in network test and assurance. Viavi provides test, assurance and optimization solutions for broadband communications service providers, cable operators, mobile-service providers, network equipment manufacturers, contractors and enterprises. The company’s network optimization and communications test tools for fiber, wireless, virtual and wireline networks are designed to optimize connectivity, quality of experience and profitability.
Viavi offers installation and service meters for all gigabit internet technologies, including GPON, DOCSIS 3.1, HFC, G.fast and Wi-Fi. The company claims numerous firsts in this category, such as the industry’s first 400G test platform, and it works with the world’s top broadband service providers. This year, Viavi was recognized as the global market leader in fiber optic test equipment by Frost & Sullivan for the sixth consecutive year and was named Outstanding Test and Measurement Vendor at the Leading Lights Awards. For fiscal 2016, which ended July 2, 2016, Viavi reported net revenue of $906.3 million. Viavi is based in Milpitas, California.


Walker and Associates

www.walkerfirst.com
800-925-5371

Key Products: Products and services for deploying communications networks

Summary: Walker and Associates is a national distributor of network products for broadband providers, including wireline, wireless, CATV, government and enterprise network operators. Its range of products from more than 300 suppliers facilitates carriers’ delivery of high-speed internet, video, data and voice services to residential, business and mobile users. Walker supports technologies such as switching, routing, Wi-Fi, microwave, NFV, Carrier Ethernet, VoIP, WDM, ROADM, packet optical networking, SDN, GPON, active Ethernet, fixed wireless, DSL and more. Products include fiber and copper connectivity, power systems, indoor and outdoor enclosures and outside-plant products. Walker’s certified product engineering, kitting, testing, installation, systems integration and managed services simplify network deployment, and the company helps network designers make product selection decisions for optimum network performance, scale and operating cost. It also performs promotional, logistical and technical support services for manufacturers, reaching 10 telecommunications submarkets and more than 1,200 domestic customers. Last fall, Walker added a West Coast distribution center and expanded its NFV Lab in the North Carolina distribution center. Based in Welcome, North Carolina, with 155 employees, Walker is ISO 9001/2015 quality certified and is a certified Women Owned corporation.


Zyxel Communications Inc.

www.zyxel.com/us
714-632-0882; 800-255-4101

Key Products: Customer-premises equipment and Ethernet switches for FTTH and FTTN networks

Summary: In operation since 1989, Zyxel offers a portfolio of fiber and DSL broadband gateways, home connectivity, entertainment solutions and smart-home devices. Service providers deliver FTTH and FTTN services to homes, buildings and campuses with Zyxel products that include broadband gateways, Wi-Fi routers and media streamers, power line and HPNA adapters, indoor and outdoor WLAN access points, gigabit and 10G Ethernet switches, next-generation UTM security gateways, Wi-Fi hotspots and internet service gateways. Recent product introductions include a gigabit Ethernet wireless gateway, an 11ac access points product line, a family of Layer-2+ gigabit access switches, and cloud managed solutions for business broadband. Zyxel’s clients include major service providers and more than 100 independent operating companies throughout North America. Zyxel’s worldwide headquarters is in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and its North American headquarters is in Anaheim, California. With 90 employees, Zyxel offers logistical, sales and technical support in the North American market through a local team of professionals.

2018 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2018

"Building a Fiber-Connected World" is the tagline of Broadband Communities magazine, and each year the FTTH Top 100 list recognizes organizations that lead the way in this arena.

Fiber-to-the-home deployment in the United States is at an all-time high. In 2017, the number of U.S. households with access to fiber broadband increased by 4.4 million, and the increase for 2018 will likely be even higher. About 35 million households, or 28 percent of all U.S. households, now have fiber access. Everyone is getting in the game of gigs, it seems – from AT&T, which is on track to pass 14 million homes with fiber by mid-2019, to tiny, rural towns connecting their hundred-odd premises.

It’s no wonder the industry is expanding and the number of companies competing for the Top 100 slots continues to grow. That’s great for the country as a whole, even if it makes life difficult for the editors who assemble this list.

“It’s fascinating to me that the role of the co-ops, municipalities and local utilities originated back in the 1930s to provide electric power to rural areas, and nearly 100 years later, they have assumed another critical mission: bringing high-speed broadband to underserved areas. This time, broadband is vital to rural America’s economic viability.”
– Frank Gine, CEO, ETI Software Solutions

The 2018 FTTH Top 100 list represents the whole fiber-to-the-home 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. The 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 those that make equipment for digging, pushing, pulling and attaching fiber. These, too, are represented on the list. Also included are a variety of organizations that advocate for better broadband or create conditions that make FTTH more profitable.

Finally, there wouldn’t be any fiber to the home if not for the deployers – large and small, private and public, incumbent and competitive – that invest in FTTH networks.

Companies newly added to the list represent a variety of ecosystem niches. In fact, several are creating entirely new niches. TDS Telecom and Adams Telephone Cooperative are incumbent telephone companies, and Adams is now leveraging its FTTH experience to help other small ILECs deploy fiber. Allo Communications and Huntsville Utilities are pioneering new types of public-private partnerships for deploying FTTH, Allo as a private-sector partner and Huntsville Utilities as a public-sector partner. Conexon is a consulting company that specializes in helping electric cooperatives build and operate FTTH networks. FibNet is an integrator that specializes in a new technology it hopes will be a game-changer for deploying fiber in remote areas. ONUG Communications is a design and engineering firm that uses automated tools to optimize fiber network designs. Palmetto Engineering & Consulting, in addition to providing engineering and consulting services, is the developer of a widely used GIS system.

SELECTION CRITERIA

In selecting the FTTH Top 100, the editors looked for organizations that advance the cause of fiber-based broadband by

  • Deploying networks that are large or ambitious, have innovative business plans or are intended to transform local economies or improve communities’ quality of life
  • Supplying key hardware, software or services to deployers
  • Introducing innovative technologies with game-changing potential, even if they have not yet been commercially deployed
  • Providing key conditions for fiber builds, such as early-stage support or demand aggregation.

To be listed among the FTTH Top 100, an organization may be based anywhere in the world but must do business in North America. Except for broadband service providers, which are inherently local, we give preference to organizations that serve national rather than local markets. Overall size is unimportant, as is corporate form – in addition to for-profit companies, the list includes municipalities, a telephone cooperative and several nonprofits.

Although some organizations on the list focus entirely on fiber to the premises or other fiber-based broadband technologies, most deliver or support a mix of broadband technologies. For some, broadband represents only a small part of their business. In making these selections, the editors considered how important the organizations are to advancing fiber broadband rather than how important broadband is to them.

The FTTH Top 100 list was researched by Marianne Cotter, Rachel Ellner and Kassandra Kania and overseen by editor-in-chief Masha Zager, with recommendations and advice from editor-at-large Steve Ross. To nominate a company for next year’s FTTH Top 100, email masha@bbcmag.com.

FIBER-TO-THE-HOME TOP 100 LIST

“Given the ongoing industry consolidation, communities without a local option for high-quality internet access will increasingly be stuck with a monopoly provider.”
– Christopher Mitchell, Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

3-GIS

www.3-GIS.com
+1 (256) 560-0744

Key Products: Web-based tools and services for mapping, network design and management.
Summary: 3-GIS Fiber Network Solutions is a browser-based, GIS fiber design and asset management system – a single-platform, single-database solution for fiber network design, construction output and tracking, and fiber asset maintenance/management. Built on Esri’s powerful ArcGIS Server platform, 3-GIS Fiber Network Solutions offers desktop and mobile tools for designing and documenting network assets during all phases of a network life cycle, including planning, design, construction and network management. Data can be stored in the cloud or on an organization’s server. Expanding the functionality of its asset tracking tools, the company recently introduced Web JS, which supports multiple network views and Google Street View. The web-based architecture allows designers, field crew, project management staff and other stakeholders to access accurate, real-time network information. 3-GIS Design Services provides consulting services to municipalities and network builders considering and deploying FTTH networks. Founded in 2006, 3-GIS is headquartered in Decatur, Alabama.

ACRS

www.acrsokc.com
+1 (256) 560-0744

Key Products: Broadband engineering and consulting, construction management
Summary: Established in 1987, ACRS provides turnkey engineering and consulting to rural telcos, cable TV operators, wireless ISPs, competitive providers, electric coops, municipalities, Native American tribes and large carriers across the United States. Services include feasibility studies, financing acquisition, regulatory consulting (FCC licensing, CLEC and ETC filings and state corporation commission filings and testimony), detailed engineering, construction management and acceptance testing. The company has extensive successful experience in acquiring RUS broadband loans and grants and competitive Connect America Fund awards for its clients. ACRS engineered the first full-motion distance learning network in the United States and the first FTTH system in Oklahoma. Recent projects include several FTTH networks for electric co-ops, including Northeast Rural Services (Bolt Fiber Optic) and Valley Electric Association, winner of a Broadband Communities Cornerstone Award. ACRS is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and has about 50 employees.

Adams Telephone Co-Operative/CheckPoint Solutions

www.adams.net / www.checkpointsolutions.net
+1 (217) 214-2774

Key Products: Consulting services for FTTH deployers, including opportunity assessment software, ongoing support and systems automation
Summary: Adams Telephone Co-Operative, a member-owned telco in Illinois, has deployed fiber for more than a decade. Today, more than two-thirds of the premises in its traditional service area have access to fiber broadband, and its Adams Fiber subsidiary is building fiber as a competitive provider in nearby towns. With more than 1,500 miles of fiber deployed and a set of well-developed processes and in-house software tools for deployment, Adams now serves 25 communities with fiber to the home. In 2016, after many inquiries, it formed a new subsidiary, CheckPoint Solutions, to share its expertise with other small companies that wanted to build FTTH in underserved communities and guide them through a software-developed automation process from beginning to end. CheckPoint already counts 12 other independent companies, including telephone and electric, as clients. It offers strategic advice and support that includes software-defined needs analysis, identification of growth opportunities, ROI analysis, risk management, demand measurement, customized reporting and more. Adams Telephone, founded in 1952 and based in Golden, Illinois, has 85 employees.

ADTRAN

www.adtran.com
+1 (256) 963-8000

Key Products: Solutions for FTTH, FTTN and FTTdp architectures; mobile backhaul; software-defined access; subscriber experience; network modernization and management; system integration
Summary: ADTRAN is a top-three global supplier of next-generation broadband access solutions for residential, enterprise and mobile services markets served by cable MSOs, telecom service providers, municipalities, utilities and electric co-ops. The ADTRAN Total Access 5000 multiservice platform is the most widely deployed solution in North America, supporting hundreds of gigabit communities. Additionally, ADTRAN’s next-generation 10 Gbps FTTH technologies allow operators to double the lives of their fiber optic distribution networks while lowering operational expenses by supporting both enterprise and residential customers. These solutions are complemented by a full suite of subscriber experience, network modernization and system integration services and a pool of next-generation alliance partners. ADTRAN is based in Huntsville, Alabama, and had 2017 sales of approximately $667 million.

Advanced Media Technologies

www.goamt.com
+1 (954) 427-5711 / +1 (888) 293-5856

Key Products: Fiber optic transmission equipment, cable modem termination systems, headends, IP and QAM settop boxes
Summary: Advanced Media Technologies (AMT), a valueadded reseller of high-performance broadband products, offers a complete line of DOCSIS, FTTH, IPTV and CATV products. AMT specializes in data solutions for private cable operators. It offers products from such leading manufacturers as Nokia, Amino, ARRIS, ATX Networks, Actiontec, Blonder Tongue, Casa Networks, Harmonic, Olson Technology, Imagine Communications and ZeeVee. Customers include major cable companies in the United States and Latin America, telcos, private cable operators, and entertainment and multimedia content delivery companies around the world. Located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, AMT was originally founded as DX Communications in 2003. The company keeps an extensive inventory in its 32,000-squarefoot warehouse and employs more than 70 people.

AFL

www.aflglobal.com
+1 (864) 433-0333 / +1 (800) 235-3423

Key Products: Fiber optic cable and connectivity, outsideplant fiber and electrical conductor hardware, copper apparatus, fusion splicers, test and inspection equipment, training, design, engineering, integration
Summary: AFL products, services and engineering expertise help broadband providers create or improve their infrastructures and enable delivery of voice, video and highspeed data communications. AFL’s product portfolio includes fiber optic cable and connectivity, outside-plant closures and terminals, demarcation devices, WDM/splitter modules, fusion splicers, test and inspection equipment, electrical conductor accessories and Light Brigade training and education. AFL plans, designs, builds and maintains communications networks, offering FTTx and MDU solutions for masterplanned community networks serviced by telephone, cable TV and wireless providers; utilities/electric cooperatives; and industrial companies and enterprises. In 2016, AFL advanced its FTTx portfolio with the release of its MDU product set. The company continues to release and promote new cable technologies suitable for applications in metro and access networks, such as Wrapping Tube Cable with SpiderWeb Ribbon, an ultra-high-density fiber optic cable that offers fiber counts up to 3,456, and the LM-Series MicroCore cables for microducts, with fiber counts up to 432. Founded in 1984, AFL is headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and is a division of Fujikura Ltd. The company has more than 4,500 associates around the world and has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia.

“There is a fundamental need for smart mapping tools in all facets of the FTTx life cycle. Fiber network mapping data can propel networks forward when operators are freed from old thinking and CAD drawings. Imagine a broadband network map that said, ‘Ask me anything.’”
– Will Mitchell, Co-Founder and CEO, NBT/VETRO

“Rural leaders know that to have strong economies, quality education and health care, and lifestyle options, broadband is necessary. After years of hard work, Minnesota is seeing the impact of partnerships among community leaders, state funders and community-minded providers. This winning combination is the way forward to connected communities that work for all.”
– Dr. Kathleen Annette, President and CEO, Blandin Foundation

Alianza

www.alianza.com
+1 (864) 433-0333

Key Products: Cloud-based VoIP platform
Summary: Though early fiber-to-the-home deployers were mainly telephone companies, many of today’s new entrants to the FTTH field have no history of providing voice services. For a broadband operator without telephone equipment or expertise, using a cloud-based system is the simplest, most economical way to add a voice offering – typically a highmargin service. Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform, a web-scale voice over IP (VoIP) solution built for broadband providers, provides the functions required to deliver and support residential and business VoIP services. The platform does not require capital expenditure or equipment installation, and Alianza alleviates most operational and regulatory burdens associated with phone services. Since announcing a solution specifically for FTTH providers in February 2017, Alianza has made inroads with electric cooperatives, utilities and municipalities that deliver FTTH broadband to their communities. In the last year, Alianza has signed on more than 10 new FTTH ISPs to help them launch VoIP or replace outdated solutions and improve their phone services. The company has more than 60 ISP customers on the platform. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Lindon, Utah, Alianza has more than 60 employees.

Allo Communications

www.allocommunications.com
+1 (308) 633-5000

Key Products: Internet access, metro Ethernet, phone and video services over fiber optic networks
Summary: Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Imperial, Nebraska, Allo Communications has built fiber broadband networks throughout Nebraska as a competitive service provider. In addition to offering residential and business triple-play services, the company has a broad vision of fiber as a transformational technology. To that end, it has a policy of building out its fiber networks citywide, rather than in selected neighborhoods, and it works with communities to help them use their networks to expand business opportunities, create jobs and improve quality of life. Allo provides services in nine Nebraska communities and one community in Colorado, serving a total population of 375,000. Two current projects involve partnerships with city governments. In Lincoln, Nebraska, Allo leases the city’s conduits and is extending the conduit system into residential neighborhoods and building fiber to the home. In Fort Morgan, Colorado, Allo is leasing the city-owned fiber network to deliver broadband services. Allo was acquired in 2015 by Nelnet, a company based in Lincoln. Allo has 2017 revenues of $25.7 million and more than 500 employees.

Alpha Technologies

www.alpha.com
+1 (800) 322-5742 / +1 (360) 647-2360

Key Products: Standby, non-standby and uninterruptible power supplies; surge suppressors; enclosures and batteries; installation and construction services
Summary: Founded in 1976, Alpha Technologies is a major player in power systems for the broadband communications industry worldwide. Alpha products provide critical power conditioning and emergency backup for video, data and voice networks. Alpha’s installation and construction services include structure engineering, right-of-way and easement procurement, site preparation, equipment installation, system turnup and system testing. Customers in 50 countries include major cable television system operators, telecommunications service providers and full-service communications providers. Alpha Technologies’ portfolio of FTTH powering options includes the FlexPoint line of 12Vdc single-family solutions and the FlexNet line of 48Vdc multiple-dwelling-unit and small office–home office power supplies. In 2017, to streamline fiber management at headends, the company launched the Alpha Ultra High Density Fiber Panel, which combines ultra-high-density fiber capacity with connector access and a unique cable management system. Alpha, with more than 1,000 employees, has sales and service centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia. It is a member of the Alpha Group, a global alliance of independent companies that share a common philosophy: to create powering solutions for communications, commercial, industrial and renewable energy markets..

Altice USA

www.alticeusa.com

Key Products: Internet, video and voice services
Summary: Altice USA is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, pay TV, voice services, Wi-Fi hotspot access, proprietary content and advertising services through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands. Altice USA continues to roll out enhanced data services to cable customers, with broadband speeds of up to 400 Mbps available to the great majority of Altice USA customers and gigabit service available to 29 percent, representing 72 percent of the Suddenlink footprint as of the end of Q1 2018. In addition, the company is actively deploying an FTTH network, with construction underway to connect several hundred thousand homes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The first commercialization of FTTH services is expected later this year. The newly launched Altice One is an all-in-one connectivity platform that provides ultra-high-definition video, high-speed broadband, whole-home Wi-Fi and voice services in one box. Headquartered in Long Island City, New York, and serving approximately 4.9 million customers across 21 states, Altice USA posted revenues of $9.33 billion in 2017.

American Polywater Corporation

www.polywater.com
+1 (800) 326-9384

Key Products: Cable-pulling lubes, cleaners and sealants
Summary: In 1973, Nelson Jonnes, a Minnesota research chemist, invented a SCUBA-diving suit lubricant. It was well received, but his company really took off when it began selling the same technology to the telecom and power utility markets as a water-based cable-pulling lubricant. This lubricant revolutionized the industry, which until then had relied on mud, wax and grease. Today, American Polywater sells more than 20 formulations of pulling lubes for every type of wire and cable imaginable – even special cable-blowing lubricants for air-assisted installation of fiber optic cables. It also sells cleaners and other specialty chemicals, worker protection products, cable-pulling software, training videos, adhesives and duct sealants. It even packages sealants to mouse-proof equipment cabinets and waterproof duct-within-duct systems. American Polywater is based in Stillwater, Minnesota, and sells its products in more than 50 countries.

NETWORK PLANNING, SYSTEMS INTEGRATION, DESIGN, ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION

“In student housing, managed internet/Wi-Fi is now a standard amenity, and within the next five years, we expect this may become the case across the luxury MDU world. The reason is simple: Residents desire always-on connectivity, and more recently, IoT has become an industry buzzword, which further increases the connectivity requirement.”
– Richard Holtz, CEO, InfiniSys

Amphenol

www.amphenol.com
+1 (203) 265-8900

Key Products: Electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors; interconnect systems; coaxial and specialty cable
Summary: With headquarters in Wallingford, Connecticut, Amphenol offers a wide range of coaxial cable, interconnect and passive products to serve the broadband market, from customer premises cables and interconnect devices to distribution cable and fiber optic components. The company’s diverse interconnect products are deployed on a range of broadband equipment, from sophisticated headend equipment to digital set-top boxes, high-speed cable modems and satellite interface devices. The primary end markets for the company’s products are communications and information processing markets, including cable television, cellular telephone, and data communication and information processing systems; aerospace and military electronics; and automotive, rail and other transportation and industrial applications. In 2017, Amphenol bought Telect, a company that designs and manufactures high-density fiber distribution solutions. Sales for 2017 were $7 billion.

AT&T / AT&T Connected Communities

www.att.com

Key Products: High-speed internet, next-generation TV, voice, advanced mobile services
Summary: AT&T is invested in being a global leader in the telecommunications, media and technology segment. In the last three years, it undertook a massive FTTH deployment and now markets FTTH services to more than 8 million customer locations across 70 metropolitan areas. It plans to reach 14 million locations with fiber by mid-2019. For MDUs, it also offers a G.fast option. As the largest U.S. provider of pay TV, AT&T offers video entertainment through DIRECTV (satellite), U-verse (IPTV) and DIRECTV NOW (streaming) services. In the last year, AT&T started testing a new structure monitoring solution designed to improve roadway and railway safety as part of an IoT smart-cities solution. It also launched trials of its Project AirGig technology, which seeks to deliver speeds greater than 1 Gbps via a millimeter-wave signal guided by power lines. As part of a plan to virtualize access functions in the last-mile network, AT&T tested a 10 Gbps XGS-PON virtualized network in Atlanta and Dallas. AT&T revenue for 2017 was $160.5 billion, and the company employs more than 200,000 people in the United States alone. AT&T Connected Communities works with multifamily and single-family builders, developers, management groups and homeowner associations to provide next-generation communications and entertainment services.

Atlantic Engineering Group

www.aeg.cc
+1 (706) 654-2298

Key Products: Turnkey outside-plant services for FTTH networks
Summary: Atlantic Engineering Group (AEG), a pioneer in fiber-to-the-home network deployment, helps lead the drive to combine FTTH and smart-grid technologies into a single business plan for municipalities, rural electric cooperatives and new entrants into the FTTH arena. The company, founded in 1996, specializes in the design and construction of fiber communications networks. This outside-plant specialist, headquartered in Buford, Georgia, deploys in-house personnel and on-site project managers globally. AEG performs project management, service planning, engineering, underground and aerial construction, splicing, premises installation, headend activation, testing and many other professional and technical services. It has completed or is currently working on design or build commissions for more than 100 networks, including 48 FTTH projects that total 2.7 million premises passed. AEG is currently building FTTH networks for clients that include the cities of Newport, Tennessee; Muscatine, Iowa; Ocala, Florida; and Barbourville, Kentucky.  

Baller Stokes & Lide

www.baller.com
+1 (202) 833-5300

Key Products: Legal services, public policy advocacy
Summary: This telecom law firm has a long, consistent record of supporting the use of advanced broadband infrastructure to drive the development of economically strong local communities. The firm represents public and private entities on a broad range of communications matters, both nationally and in more than 35 states. It is best known for its work in opposing state barriers to local internet choice. The firm has worked on many leading public communications projects in the United States and was a consultant to Google on its Fiber for Communities initiative. As founder and president of the US Broadband Coalition, the firm’s president, Jim Baller, played a leading role in forging a national consensus on the need for a national broadband strategy and on the framework for such a strategy. He is co-founder and president of the more than 500-member Coalition for Local Internet Choice, which works to preserve and protect the right of local governments to make the critical broadband infrastructure decisions that will affect their communities for decades to come. Founded in 1983, Baller Stokes & Lide is based in Washington, D.C. It has four full-time attorneys and a network of part-time local and regional counsel across the United States.

Bechtel

www.bechtel.com
+1 (415) 768-1234

Key Products: Engineering, procurement, construction, project management
Summary: A global engineering, construction and project management company founded in 1898, Bechtel has completed more than 25,000 projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. For the Verizon Fios network, Bechtel engineered fiber routes and hub locations in the Western and Mid-Atlantic states. In addition, Bechtel was engaged by Google Fiber to build fiber to the premises and provide high-speed television and internet service. Bechtel’s work for Google Fiber involves designing and installing more than 15,000 miles of fiber in cities across the Southeast, including Charlotte and RaleighDurham, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta. The company has 53,000 employees and operates four global businesses: infrastructure; nuclear, security and environmental; oil, gas and chemicals; and mining and metals.

FIBER AND FIBER CABLE

BHC RHODES

www.ibhc.com
+1 (913) 663-1900

Key Products: Planning, design and construction of FTTx projects
Summary: BHC RHODES provides civil engineering services to telecom firms that build and maintain fiber networks across the United States. It has designed and managed thousands of miles of telecom network infrastructure for clients that range from small communities and telcos to large international service providers. BHC RHODES’ FTTx services include feasibility studies, cost estimating and budgeting; planning, layout and network architecture; GIS and AutoCAD mapping; hut site development and construction; outside-plant design; site surveys; right-of-way permitting and asset management. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, with $18 million in 2017 revenue, BHC RHODES has been in business for 25 years and has more than 135 employees. 

NETWORK PLANNING, SYSTEMS INTEGRATION, DESIGN, ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION

“There is no longer a limitation on who can enter the broadband industry. It is becoming a “first come, first serve” opportunity for any entity willing to undertake the opportunity and enter this industry. Our firm originally started engineering broadband networks for telecom companies. Today we have successfully helped more than a dozen different types of organizations find creative ways to finance, partner and build out broadband networks throughout the United States.”
– Mike Boehne, President and CEO, Finley Engineering

Biarri Networks

www.biarrinetworks.com
+1 (877) 730-1999

Key Products: Software for fiber optic network design
Summary: Over almost a decade, Biarri Networks has developed a simplified, web-based approach to fiber optic network planning and engineering. Its software platform, FOND, uses automation and optimization techniques, based on a patented algorithm, to remove much of the complexity of FTTx network planning and design. Conceived in 2008 as part of the Biarri Group and formally established as a separate entity three years later, Biarri Networks got its start developing software to design the 11-million-home Australian National Broadband Network and the 5-million-home Chorus New Zealand network. Over the last six years, Biarri software has been used in the design of successful networks across Asia and Europe, and the company began operating in the United States in 2014. Biarri’s U.S. clients include Tier-1 telecommunications providers, design and engineering firms such as ONUG Communications, infrastructure data firms such as QC Data, fiber overbuilders such as Allo Communications, municipalities, and public-private partnerships. Biarri is headquartered in Windsor, Australia, and recently established a U.S. head office in Denver. It also has field offices in New Jersey and San Francisco. Biarri has 100 employees worldwide.

Black & Veatch

www.bv.com
+1 (913) 913-458-2000

Key Products: Consulting, engineering, construction, operations, program management
Summary: Founded in 1915 and based in Overland Park, Kansas, Black & Veatch is a global engineering, consulting and construction company that specializes in telecommunications, energy, water and government services. Employee-owned, Black & Veatch has approximately 10,000 professionals in more than 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries. Services include engineering, procurement, construction, design, management consulting, asset management, environmental consulting and security. Black & Veatch has deployed more than 30,000 miles of fiber for commercial carriers, cities and utilities. Revenue in 2017 was $3.4 billion. In 2018, Black & Veatch’s telecommunications business was ranked No. 1 by Engineering News-Record for the seventh year.  

Blandin Foundation

www.blandinfoundation.org
+1 (877) 882-2257

Key Products: Grant making, community leadership development, public policy programs
Summary: Since 1941, the Blandin Foundation, a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has been dedicated to strengthening rural Minnesota communities. Its Broadband Initiative, launched in 2003, helps communities educate citizens about the need for ultra-high-speed broadband and plan and execute broadband projects. The foundation has published informational guides, sponsored conferences and educational events, and supported many feasibility studies for the development of robust, high-speed broadband networks. It has supported implementation of broadband applications in schools, health care facilities and other institutions and for home-based users and has promoted broadband adoption in rural communities. In 2018, Blandin will select eight rural Minnesota communities for two-year partnerships with the foundation to advance local broadband initiatives.   

C Spire / C Spire Fiber

www.cspire.com/home-services
+1 (855) 277-4734

Key Products: Voice, video and internet access delivered over a fiber-to-the-home network
Summary: C Spire is building an ultra-high-speed network in Mississippi to attract investment and economic growth and pave the way for improvements in health care, education, civic life and municipal services. Using a crowdsourcing model, the company started offering services in multiple cities in fall 2014. C Spire’s FTTH deployment in Mississippi is supported by the fiber optic infrastructure it built to support its LTE network and business services. Recently, Madison County, Mississippi, signed a franchise agreement to bring C Spire Fiber to residents in some of its unincorporated areas, and C Spire’s Business Solutions division announced it is building fiber optic infrastructure near 18 key business developments and industrial sites in DeSoto County, Mississippi. In the last year, C Spire launched C Spire TV, a streaming app that includes cloud DVR, eliminating the need for a set-top box. The company also began a smart-city technology trial involving smart lighting and vehicle traffic analytics applications in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and it is partnering with electric power company Entergy on an $11 million fiber infrastructure project spanning more than 300 miles in 15 Mississippi counties. These and other projects are parts of a broader C Spire Tech Movement initiative designed to leverage the company’s technology leadership and investments to help transform its service areas. Based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, C Spire is privately owned and employs 1,425 people.

Calix

www.calix.com
+1 (707) 766-3000 / +1 (877) 766-3500

Key Products: Fiber access solutions for residential and business services, network and services management software, value-added software as a service
Summary: Calix, with more than 1,400 customers worldwide, serves more North American FTTx providers than all other equipment vendors combined. It also serves several international markets with fiber and copper access solutions. In 2017, it completed a multiyear transformation from being mainly a wireline access systems provider to being mainly a software platform, cloud analytics, services and solutions provider. Calix’s intelligent access solutions leverage its software solutions. Calix Cloud launched in early 2017, delivering Calix Marketing Cloud and Calix Support Cloud to more than 100 customers. EXOS, a carrier-class premises software platform that supports residential, business and mobile subscribers, is coupled to the GigaFamily premises devices. The AXOS platform, introduced in 2015, allows software functions in the access network to run independently of the underlying hardware. This brings SDN/NFV functionality to the access network. The number of applications using AXOS has expanded to approximately 1,000 modules. For instance, Calix introduced AXOS SMx in 2018 to give service providers the flexibility to deploy SDN networks with automated workflows that use existing back-office business systems. Calix has shipped 25 million ports of fiber and copper access lines to providers that have more than 100 million subscriber lines. Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Calix had 2017 revenue of $510 million and spent almost $128 million on research and development. It had 1,030 employees at the end of 2017.

NETWORK MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

“I believe more communities today, compared with a year ago, are realizing their best option is probably not to go head-to-head with private providers. Instead, they view broadband as a utility infrastructure and open it up to multiple providers. My gut feeling says that open-access networks will play an increasingly important role in the coming years.”
– Isak Finer, CMO, COS Systems

CCG Consulting

www.ccgcomm.com
+1 (202) 255-7689

Key Products: Regulatory, engineering, marketing, strategy and planning services; raising money for broadband projects
Summary: In business since 1997, CCG is a full-service consultant for small communications carriers. The company specializes in launching new broadband ventures and making existing businesses more profitable. CCG offers a wide range of regulatory, engineering, strategy and planning, operations, budgeting and billing services. CCG helps clients design, upgrade and maximize fiber, coaxial, copper and wireless networks. CCG also offers direct operational assistance in areas such as number portability, new product development, cable programming, carrier disputes and billing audits. It is active in helping companies create workable public-private partnerships and secure funds for broadband projects – a specialty for which demand is growing. CCG continues to work on numerous feasibility studies for communities of all sizes and is helping several communities build and launch new broadband businesses.   

CenturyLink

www.centurylink.com
+1 (318) 388-9000

Key Products: Data, voice, video, managed security services, hosting, cloud and IT consulting services
Summary: A global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world, CenturyLink provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a 450,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-routemile international transport network. CenturyLink launched its 1 Gbps FTTH service in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2013; it now passes more than 1.5 million homes with 1 Gbps service and continues to expand the service. CenturyLink also offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, and cloud and IT consulting services. Last year’s acquisition of Level 3 Communications expanded CenturyLink’s presence significantly, boosting its U.S. route miles from 25,000 to 450,000. In 2018, CenturyLink announced that because of market changes, it will no longer expand its Prism TV service, though it continues to serve existing markets. CenturyLink recently deployed a field trial of ADTRAN’s virtualized OLT 10G-PON solution, a disaggregated, software-defined access solution designed to create a more flexible, scalable, manageable access infrastructure. Headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included on the Fortune 500 list of the largest U.S. corporations. With approximately 49,000 employees, CenturyLink posted operating revenue of $17.5 billion in 2017.

Charles Industries

www.charlesindustries.com
+1 (847) 806-6300

Key Products: Fiber optic distribution enclosures and cabinets, fiber aggregation and demarcation interconnects and hubs, fiber cross-connects, fiber rack solutions
Summary: Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, Charles Industries designs and manufactures buried distribution pedestals; indoor and outdoor power, battery and equipment cabinets; building terminals for both fiber and copper distribution; and below-grade handholes. The company serves telecommunications, wireless, broadband cable, municipal, utility and government service providers with end-to-end solutions tailored for rural and metro deployments. Charles focuses on creating solutions that lower the cost of deploying FTTP, shorten installation time frames and provide flexibility and reliability to fiber networks. Charles Fiber Pedestals, CUBE Cabinets, CFIT and CFBT Building Terminals, and TRUE Below-Grade Enclosures are compact and lightweight yet provide excellent technician access and user experience. In its fiber terminal portfolio, Charles recently introduced new configurations that include more-compact profiles for indoor and outdoor applications. Smaller footprints allow terminal placement in space-constrained equipment rooms and outdoor walls for fiber distribution at MDUs, strip malls, business parks and other multi-tenant locations. Founded in 1968, Charles Industries is privately held and headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, with U.S.-based engineering and manufacturing facilities.

Charter Communications / Spectrum Community Solutions

www.charter.com / www.charter.com/mdu

Key Products: Managed Wi-Fi services, internet, video and voice
Summary: With the acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, Charter is now the second-largest cable company in the United States. It sells internet, video, voice and managed Wi-Fi offerings under the Spectrum brand to more than 26 million residential and business customers in 41 states. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, the company has more than 94,800 employees, a network consisting of nearly 700,000 miles of physical infrastructure and annual revenue in excess of $40 billion. In December 2017, Charter launched Spectrum Internet Gig service in markets that include New York City; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati; and Oahu. The service, which uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology, is now available to approximately 9 million premises across Charter’s footprint, with additional launches scheduled for 2018. Charter is doubling minimum internet speeds to 200 Mbps in a number of markets at no additional cost. In addition, Charter is increasingly bringing fiber to sites for some new builds and multifamily properties. Spectrum Community Solutions works with property owners and managers to deliver advanced services that attract residents, increase property values and build resident loyalty. Charter announced in March 2017 that it plans to invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and technology in the next four years.   

CHR Solutions

www.chrsolutions.com
+1 (713) 351-5111

Key Products: Engineering and field services for communications networks and outside plant, network planning, managed NOC and managed IT services, communications billing software
Summary: CHR provides engineering, business and technology solutions to communications service providers. The company offers engineering, consulting and design solutions and services to ILEC, CLEC, power and municipal service providers. By the end of 2017, it had designed FTTx networks to pass more than 1 million premises. Services include preparing applications for loans and grants, broadband planning, performing high-level and detailed designs of outside plant for FTTx networks, permitting, converting GIS/ CAD files and implementing outside plant. CHR Engineering specializes in fiber design and has expertise in a variety of communications technologies, including xDSL, PON, active Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet, fixed wireless, microwave and Wi-Fi. CHR’s B/OSS solution, Omnia360, has been adopted by a number of independent service providers. Powered by Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Omnia360 is a complete, out-ofthe-box system available as a hosted cloud-based solution or as an on-site license subscription. The company is headquartered in Houston.   

Cincinnati Bell

www.cincinnatibell.com / www.cincinnatibell.com/fioptics
+1 (513) 397-9900

Key Products: Telephone, data, video, wireless and information technology solutions
Summary: Households and businesses in Greater Cincinnati have access to Cincinnati Bell’s integrated communications solutions, which include local, long-distance, data, internet, entertainment, wireless and information technology services. In addition, Cincinnati Bell offers complex information technology solutions, such as managed services and technology staffing. The company’s fiber-based services, branded as Fioptics, include advanced high-speed data, digital television and telephone services and are available to 70 percent of its operating territory. In 2014, the company made gigabit internet speed available to Fioptics customers. It also sold its wireless spectrum licenses for $194 million so it could focus its efforts on the efficient deployment of fiber. Last year, the company passed an additional 38,800 addresses with Fioptics. Earlier this year, Cincinnati Bell partnered with Fairborn, Ohio, to provide a public Wi-Fi network downtown as part of the city’s economic development efforts and commitment to supporting small businesses. Cincinnati Bell’s revenue in 2017 was $1.28 billion.

City of Ammon, Idaho, Fiber Optic Department

ammonfiber.info
+1 (208) 612-4054

Key Products: Gigabit internet service
Summary: Ammon began lighting its residential FTTH network in 2016. The project has been one of the most talkedabout community fiber networks in the United States. Both its financing model and its technical model are innovative. Like other cities, Ammon first built out the backbone network by connecting anchor institutions and paid for the build largely through cost reduction and cost avoidance. When it came time to connect residences and small businesses, Ammon allowed property owners who wanted fiber services to opt into financing their connections. By joining a broadband improvement district, an owner can pay installation costs up front or amortize the costs in the form of a bond that creates a lien on the property. Ammon’s technical approach uses softwaredefined networking to make creating an open-access network simple and low cost. The Ammon fiber system currently has six service providers; the network is also open to researchers and application developers who want to test new technologies or services. Ammon is committed to using its network to promote economic development and technical innovation.

“We believe world-class broadband service requires fiber-to-the-home networks. Based on our many and varied experiences, we further believe it is possible to build fiber-to-the-home networks to every home and business in rural America. While we think world-class infrastructure should be a national priority, we understand that the indispensable ingredient is local initiative.”
– Jonathan Chambers, Partner, Conexon

Clearfield

www.SeeClearfield.com
+1 (763) 476-6866

Key Products: Fiber distribution and protection systems for inside plant, outside plant and access networks
Summary: Headquartered in Minneapolis, Clearfield designs and manufactures fiber distribution and protection systems. Product lines include FieldSmart high-density fiber distribution systems for the inside plant, FieldSmart fiber scalability centers for the outside plant, a fiber delivery point series for access networks, and FieldShield, an optical fiber delivery and protection platform made of microduct and preconnectorized pushable fiber. All product lines integrate with the Clearview Cassette 12-fiber management system to deliver scalable deployment and craft-friendly operation. In the last year, Clearfield acquired a portfolio of Telcordiacertified outdoor powered cabinet products from Calix, providing customers with a single point of contact for cabinet solutions, both passive and powered. The acquisition allows Clearfield to reach service providers in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 markets. Clearfield also introduced the FieldSmart Fiber Distribution Hub, a 144-port cabinet that allows network planners to incrementally expand PON deployments, the YOURx-Aerial Terminal, and the FieldSmart Flex Box, which eases installation by interconnecting different types of media. Clearfield, which has more than 200 employees, posted $74 million in revenue for the year ending September 2017.

Comcast Cable / XFINITY Communities

www.xfinity.com / www.xfinity.com/xfinitycommunities

Key Products: Internet, video, voice and home security services
Summary: The largest U.S. cable operator, Comcast delivers internet, phone and media services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and to businesses under the Comcast Business brand. XFINITY Communities works with building and property owners, developers, leasing agents and homeowners associations to provide services to residents. In 2015, after building a national fiber backbone, Comcast launched Gigabit Pro, a symmetrical, 2 Gbps residential FTTH service. The company began rolling out the service in Atlanta in May 2015 and quickly extended it to many more markets. In 2016, Comcast began trials of gigabit residential service over its HFC network using DOCSIS 3.1 technology; this service is now available to residential and business customers in dozens of markets. Comcast also delivers FTTH-based gigabit residential service in greenfield MDUs. By the end of 2018, Comcast expects to make gigabit speeds available, via FTTH or coax, to almost every customer in its footprint. In November 2017, Comcast announced the expansion of its DOCSIS 3.1–based internet service to business customers in the western United States. Comcast’s Business Internet 1 Gig and Business Internet 500 speed tiers are now available to business customers in the western, central, mid-Atlantic and northeastern service areas. In June 2018, Comcast’s internet of things subsidiary, machineQ, collaborated with Neptune Technology Group on an IoT solution to accelerate smart-city projects for advanced water metering and infrastructure. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation, which also owns NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable reported 2017 revenue of $52.5 billion.

CommScope

www.commscope.com
+1 (828) 324-2200 / +1 (800) 982-1708

Key Products: Cable and connectivity products 
Summary: CommScope’s solutions constitute an end-to-end FTTH portfolio, offering multiple fiber architectures. With a suite of data center, headend/central office, outside-plant and end-user solutions, CommScope provides carriers, electric coops and other operators with the technology and architecture to meet the needs of residential, MDU, commercial and cellular backhaul applications. Founded in Hickory, North Carolina, CommScope has been involved in the broadband and cable TV industry since 1976 and has played a role in nearly all the world’s most advanced telecommunications networks. It is the largest supplier of subscriber-premises connectivity products and rugged conduit products. The acquisition of the Broadband Network Solutions business from TE Connectivity in 2015, following earlier acquisitions of Andrew Corporation and SYSTIMAX, made CommScope a leading communications infrastructure provider that offers end-to-end passive network equipment to meet the growing demand for network bandwidth. CommScope’s Connectivity Solutions segment, which includes the company’s fiber and copper cable connectivity offerings, reported $2.81 billion of the company’s overall $4.56 billion in revenue for 2017.

Comsof / FiberPlanIT

www.comsof.com / fiberplanit.com
+1 (416) 594-9777

Key Products: Software for FTTx network planning and design 
Summary: Comsof was founded in 1998 as a spinoff of the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University in Belgium and has offices in Belgium and Toronto, Canada. Its flagship product, FiberPlanIT, is a software solution for FTTx network planning. FiberPlanIT’s automated and optimized design capabilities, based on GIS data, help network operators reduce planning and design time, avoid design errors and lower construction costs. Comsof provides the software on a license basis and offers consultancy services. FiberPlanIT has been used in more than 70 countries in 300 projects to plan networks serving more than 65 million homes.

Conexon

www.conexon.com
+1 (202) 798-3884

Key Products: Consulting services, fiber design, construction management, fundraising, operations for rural electric cooperatives deploying fiber to the home
Summary: As the urban-rural digital divide continues to widen, rural residents throughout the United States have begun to look to electric cooperatives as potential internet service providers. Conexon was founded in 2015 to help electric cooperatives leverage their fiber infrastructures to provide broadband services to their members. Its services include performing feasibility studies, securing financing, managing construction, optimizing business performance, advocating for rural broadband and managing ISP operations for co-ops that prefer to outsource operations. Conexon has worked with nearly 100 electric co-ops and other utilities in more than 20 states on projects that have the potential to deliver fiber broadband services to millions of homes and businesses. More than two dozen of these co-ops are now actively deploying fiber to the home. Conexon has more than 30 employees and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

FIBER-TO-THE-HOME ELECTRONICS

“The move to offer multiple last-mile solutions is generating a lot of interest – making fiber-based rural broadband projects feasible for virtually all interested parties.”
– Eric Freesmeier, President and CEO, Pulse Broadband

Corning Optical Communications

www.corning.com
+1 (828) 901-5000

Key Products: Optical fiber, optical fiber cable, FTTH cabinets, splitters, terminals, connectors, cable assemblies, MDU products, other telecommunications hardware and equipment, engineering services, training
Summary: Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. Nearly 50 years ago, the predecessor to British Telecom challenged Corning to develop a fiber that could transmit light with loss less than 20 db per kilometer. Corning responded in 1970 with the invention of the first commercial low-loss optical fiber. Corning also developed the first loose-tube cable design, the first plug-and-play solution for fiber to the home, and the first high-density, modular data center solution. Corning’s preconnectorized solutions introduced a new way to deploy FTTH networks, and its ultra-bendable ClearCurve product suite opened the way for cost-effective installation of fiber in MDUs and other challenging environments. Its SMF-28 Ultra Optical Fiber, designed for high performance across long-haul, metro, access and fiber-to-the-home network applications, combines low attenuation with improved macrobend performance. Corning’s new multiuse platform, a combination of multifiber and single-fiber connection points, makes it easier for operators to quickly deploy fiber-deep access networks, even in stadiums. In June 2018, Corning acquired 3M’s MDU-oriented optical, structured cabling, and international system integration business for $900 million. Corning has a leading position in key passive optical segments and is the world’s largest fiber producer. Its optical communications business increased $540 million last year to $3.5 billion and has grown at twice the industry average over the last five years. The company expects to reach $5 billion in fiber-related revenue by 2020.

COS Systems

www.cossystems.com
+1 (800) 562-1730

Key Products: Demand aggregation software, BSS/OSS for managing open-access fiber networks
Summary: COS Systems’ cloud-hosted software helps network owners plan, deploy and manage modern broadband networks that deliver services from one or more providers. COS Service Zones is a demand aggregation tool that enables network builders to identify grassroots interest in better broadband, spread awareness of their projects and presell internet connections using a “fiberhood” approach. COS Business Engine is a BSS/OSS suite for managing and operating gigabit fiber networks. It enables network operators to easily market and sell services from multiple providers in an online marketplace. COS clients include private internet service providers and operators, public-private partnerships, municipalities, and utilities and cooperatives in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In the last year, COS Systems acquired nearly 30 new customers in the United States and several in Canada. It partnered with the Foresite Group to help U.S. communities build open-access gigabit networks and with NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network) to deliver demand aggregation projects in Washington state. Privately held COS Systems is headquartered in Umea, Sweden, and has U.S. headquarters in New York City. With 18 employees, it posted revenue of $2.5 million for 2017.

Cox Communications

www.cox.com

Key Products: High-speed internet, advanced digital video, digital voice, smart home services
Summary: Cox Communications is the largest privately held telecom company in the United States. It serves 6 million residential and business customers with a variety of advanced digital video, high-speed internet, voice and smart home services over its broadband network. Cox was one of the first to launch residential gigabit internet speeds, now available to 60 percent of its customers nationwide and continuing to expand. A large portion of Cox’s greenfield gigabit deployments, both single-family and multifamily, use FTTH; upgrades of existing plant typically use “deeper fiber” HFC networks. Cox Communications joined with US Ignite to help make Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego among the first “Smart Gigabit Communities” and teamed with the White House and HUD to bridge the digital divide for low-income families with school-age children through its Connect2Compete internet offer. Cox recently launched Cox2M, which provides custom, end-to-end IoT solutions to power smart businesses and smart cities. Cox Communications is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises and headquartered in Atlanta.

CTC Technology & Energy

www.ctcnet.us
+1 (301) 933-1488

Key Products: Fiber and wireless broadband network design, engineering, financial analysis, strategy, assessment, implementation
Summary: CTC provides independent business and engineering consulting services to public sector and nonprofit clients. Its expertise includes fiber and wireless network feasibility analysis, strategic planning, business planning, financial analysis, market assessment, design, engineering, construction oversight, QA/QC, RFP/RFI preparation, grant applications and compliance, and negotiations on behalf of clients with private-sector partners. CTC currently provides broadband engineering and network financial planning services to the cities of Baltimore; Boston; Boulder, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Palo Alto, California; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; Seattle and Washington, D.C. CTC played a key role in helping negotiate broadband public-private partnerships on behalf of the city of Westminster, Maryland; the coalition comprising the cities of Urbana and Champaign and the University of Illinois; and rural Garrett County, Maryland. CTC has also provided strategic broadband guidance to Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts and New Mexico. Founded in 1983, CTC is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area and has satellite offices in many other states.

Danella Companies

www.danella.com
+1 (610) 828-6200

Key Products: FTTH network design, engineering, construction, testing
Summary: Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Danella Companies has 17 divisions operating from 29 geographically diverse facilities in 12 states. Danella Construction performs approximately $225 million in work per year and is a leading installation contractor for all types of utilities, providing services for the power, gas distribution, water and communications industries. In 2017, Danella Companies had revenue of more than $58.8 million in FTTH installations, with a large portion of this work in the Southeast. Danella continues to expand its FTTH services for Tier-1 service providers and municipalities.

DASAN Zhone Solutions

www.dasanzhone.com
+1 (877) 946-6320

Key Products: Network access equipment, passive optical LAN, Ethernet switching, mobile backhaul, softwaredefined networks
Summary: DASAN Zhone Solutions provides network access solutions for service provider and enterprise networks. The company offers a wide array of reliable, cost-effective networking technologies to a diverse customer base that includes more than 1,000 network operators. DASAN Zhone Solutions is headquartered in Oakland, California, with operations in more than 50 countries. In the last year, Japanese telecom operator KDDI began to offer a commercial, 10G, symmetrical internet service in Japan, utilizing DASAN Zhone Solutions equipment. In addition, Hotel VIA, a new boutique hotel in San Francisco, deployed DASAN Zhone Solutions’ FiberLAN GPON solution to support guest amenities that range from customized thermostats to text messages greeting guests when they arrive in the city. With 639 employees, the company posted revenue of $247 million in 2017.

Design Nine / WideOpen Networks

www.designnine.com / www.wideopennetworks.us
+1 (540) 951-4400

Key Products: Broadband planning and feasibility studies, network business and financial planning, broadband project management, broadband network design, network buildout, network operations
Summary: The broadband planning and network design firm Design Nine is well known for its expertise in – and commitment to – local transport networks and open-access networks. Open-access networks it has planned and designed include Bozeman Fiber in Montana; Palm Coast FiberNET in Florida; nDanville, Rockbridge and Wired Road in Virginia; FastRoads in New Hampshire; AccessEagan in Minnesota; and Charles City County in Virginia. Design Nine’s services include fiber and wireless network design, grant-writing assistance, needs assessment, broadband network buildout assistance, financial modeling, business planning, legal and organizational design of community-owned broadband systems and project management. Design Nine’s subsidiary, WideOpen Networks, manages community-owned and private-sector networks, providing network monitoring, service provisioning, service provider attraction, asset management, billing and outside-plant management. Headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, Design Nine works on projects throughout North America. Current projects include network design, equipment specifications, pricing and financial modeling, network engineering and construction management, and network operations.

“Fiber to the home is no longer ‘nice to have’; it’s a must-have if we’re to satisfy the insatiable appetite consumers and businesses have for internet service.”
– Ken Paker, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Information & Network Technologies, TDS Telecom

Ditch Witch

www.ditchwitch.com
+1 (800) 654-6481

Key Products: Construction equipment for laying fiber
Summary: The feasibility of FTTH often depends on digging efficiently through challenging terrain, congested roadways and manicured lawns. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works company, is one of the companies deployers turn to in these situations. It specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality underground construction equipment for broadband installations globally. Equipment includes trenchers, microtrenchers, vibratory plows, horizontal directional drills, mud recycling and fluid systems, drill pipe, HDD tooling, vacuum excavation systems and mini skid steers. Ditch Witch Financial Services offers a variety of financing and lease options. Ditch Witch microtrenchers are designed to improve productivity and reduce the cost per foot on fiber job sites. Last year, the Ditch Witch organization announced its partnership with Utilicor Technologies, a developer of keyhole coring and reinstatement technology, to offer the benefits of advanced keyhole technology and reinstatement to contractors, municipalities and utilities globally. The Ditch Witch factory is located in Perry, Oklahoma, and the company has more than 1,400 employees. Ditch Witch equipment is distributed through a worldwide dealer organization, which operates in more than 100 countries through more than 170 locations.

Dura-Line Corporation

www.duraline.com
+1 (800) 847-7661

Key Products: Conduit, cable-in-conduit, microducts, accessories
Summary: Dura-Line develops and manufactures highdensity polyethylene conduits for protecting fiber optic, electrical and coaxial cables. It supplies fiber optic conduit and related products to telecom, data, cable TV, power and other markets. Customers include leading U.S. and international telephone and cable providers. Dura-Line developed the first ducts for installing and protecting fiber optic cables in 1981, introduced a complete line of fiber optic microduct products in 2001, and followed up in 2003 with FuturePath, a bundled package of microducts that can be installed the same way as traditional conduit. FuturePath allows up to 24 pathways in a single conduit, and the new FuturePath Figure-8 (introduced in June 2018) allows seven microducts to be bundled into one conduit for aerial fiber. In May 2018, the company released new conduit and microducts made from a low-smoke, zero-halogen material and designed for use where smoke, toxic fumes and acidic gas pose risks to health or to electronic equipment, such as enclosed public areas and poorly ventilated tunnels, mass transit corridors, control rooms and confined spaces. Dura-Line, which is owned by Mexichem, is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has 1,500-plus employees worldwide.

Dycom Industries

www.dycomind.com
+1 (561) 627-7171

Key Products: Program and project management, engineering, construction, maintenance, installation services
Summary: Dycom provides specialty contracting services, including engineering, construction, program and project management, materials provisioning, installation, and maintenance services, to telecommunications, CATV and broadband providers throughout the United States. Dycom Industries subsidiaries provide services to construct, install, optimize and maintain communications facilities. The company offers a full complement of turnkey services for wireline and wireless networks, including planning, site identification and acquisition, architectural and engineering services, design, project management, materials purchasing and distribution, infrastructure construction, tower construction, equipment and antenna installation, cable placement and splicing, central office EF&I, commission, integration, residential and commercial installations, customer acquisition, locating services and maintenance. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Dycom has more than 14,000 employees. It posted $3.1 billion in revenue for FY 2017.

EntryPoint Networks

www.entpnt.com
+1 (801) 518-7333

Key Products: Automated open-access platform
Summary: EntryPoint Networks, founded in 2007, provides a municipal broadband network management platform for a cloud world. EP’s platform is designed for municipalities interested in redefining the technology and business model for FTTH to enable competition, innovation, smart city control of the network and fast internet. EntryPoint’s premise is that municipalities should own and control infrastructure as a utility, and private companies should deliver services from the cloud. Because EP’s platform leverages software-defined networking, network automation and network virtualization, subscribers can switch ISPs in less than 40 seconds. EP’s foundational implementation was in Ammon, Idaho. The Ammon model is now being replicated by a growing number of cities. Based in Salt Lake City, EP is privately held and has 10 employees. It has won numerous awards and two research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.

EPB Fiber Optics

www.epb.com
+1 (423) 648-1372

Key Products: Voice, video, data and smart-grid services provided over a fiber optic network
Summary: EPB of Chattanooga’s fiber-to-the-premises network is frequently cited as a municipal broadband success story. It delivers internet, voice and video services and serves as the backbone for Chattanooga’s smart grid. This selfhealing electric distribution system automatically reroutes power around storm damage and other disruptions to increase power reliability and reduce outage durations by more than 50 percent, which helps business and residential customers avoid $55 to $60 million in annual losses associated with spoiled goods, productivity and other outage-related damages. The smart grid also improves operational efficiency and provides detailed usage information for electricity customers in tandem with the myEPB app. Launched in 2009, EPB Fiber Optics serves more than 97,000 homes and businesses. In 2010, EPB brought 1 Gbps speeds to Chattanooga, and in 2015, it announced NextNet, a 10 Gbps internet service available anywhere in the EPB service area. In collaboration with such organizations as the Company Lab and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the community launched a business accelerator, called GIGTANK, aimed at spurring innovation. Now in its eighth year, the program brings students and entrepreneurs from all over the world to Chattanooga to develop next-generation apps and disruptive business ideas using EPB’s gigabit network.

ETI Software Solutions

www.etisoftware.com
+1 (770) 242-3620 / +1 (800) 332-1078

Key Products: Software for managing broadband service activation, billing, device management and analytics
Summary: ETI Software Solutions specializes in broadband billing, operational support and service assurance software. Its Vision360 software series is designed for FTTH network operators, including municipalities, utilities and electric co-ops. With Vision360, providers can opt for a turnkey billing and operational support software solution or choose to augment, rather than replace, enterprise billing and accounting platforms to support broadband services. Vision360 features seamless order entry and work order management, automated service provisioning, device inventory and device management, comprehensive network management tools and advanced visual analytics to help maximize revenue. In the last year, ETI announced its support for the MobiTV Connect Platform as well as Alianza’s VoIP and unified communications SaaS solution. Newport Utilities in Tennessee selected Vision360 to support its greenfield FTTH network. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, ETI Software Solutions is 100-percent employee owned.

EXFO

www.exfo.com
+1 (418) 683-0211 / +1 (800) 663-3936

Key Products: Test, monitoring and analytics solutions for the communications industry
Summary: EXFO, headquartered in Quebec, Canada, has pioneered network test, monitoring and analytics solutions for more than 30 years. EXFO solutions help communications service providers smoothly deploy, maintain and manage physical, hybrid, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. The company has deep expertise in lab and field testing and provides solutions that automate complex FTTH testing and workflows to boost efficiency and subscriber quality of experience. EXFO equipment, software and services help operators accelerate digital transformations related to fiber, 4G/LTE and 5G deployments and deliver superior network performance, service reliability and subscriber insights. In February, EXFO announced the purchase of Astellia, headquartered in Rennes, France, strengthening its offerings in the performance analysis of mobile networks and subscriber experience. EXFO’s FTTH test portfolio includes fiber inspection solutions; OLTS, OTDR and iOLM, including CWDM and DWDM models; PON power meters; Ethernet protocol testers; and end-to-end monitoring solutions for the physical and service layers. The company has more than 2,000 employees in more than 25 countries and counts 95 percent of the world’s top communications service providers as customers. In fiscal 2017 (ended August 31, 2017), EXFO reported revenue of $243.3 million.

TEST AND MEASUREMENT EQUIPMENT

Fiberdyne Labs

www.fiberdyne.com
+1 (315) 895-8470

Key Products: Optical passive devices, multiplexers, fiber optic cable assemblies, termination boxes, MPO cables and cassettes, FTTH drop cables
Summary: Fiberdyne Labs Inc., established in 1992, is a manufacturer of fiber optic products, including termination boxes, passive modules (WDM and fiber splitters), fiber jumpers, pigtails and MPO cables and cassettes. Recent product introductions include FTTH drop cables, thindiameter patch cables, FTTA remote radio unit antenna cables, high-capacity light guide cross-connect modules in a variety of configurations and improved fiber tap products that use thin-film technology. Fiberdyne’s improved 1RU termination box with splicing is new for 2018. The company also offers fiber characterization testing services nationwide. Headquartered in Frankfort, New York, Fiberdyne has 92 full-time employees.

FibNet

www.fibnet.net
+1 (925) 326-8605

Key Products: Network design and installation; fiber optic cables and other networking products
Summary: Founded in 2017, with headquarters in Concord, California, FibNet is a broadband network solutions provider with a unique mission: delivering high-quality broadband networks to remote areas with challenging terrain. FibNet’s focus is designing and deploying fiber optic networks based on a special armored cable that can be placed almost anywhere – directly on the ground, direct-buried in a shallow ditch, attached to trees, attached to sewage pipes, or submerged in water. This cable, similar to that used for undersea applications, can be installed by local residents with little training and no heavy equipment. FibNet’s first projects were in Himalayan countries, where broadband enables new services that are transforming societies and economies. However, the cable and the deployment methods also hold promise for delivering fiber to remote regions of the United States in which fiber networks have been traditionally dismissed as too expensive.

Finley Engineering

www.finleyusa.com
+1 (417) 682-5531

Key Products: Network design and engineering services
Summary: Finley Engineering has 65 years of communications and electric power engineering experience and 30-plus years of experience with fiber communication and data projects. It works with organizations that provide fiber connections to improve quality of life and economic opportunities. Founded in 1953, Finley has more than 250 employees in 10 offices nationwide and is one of the largest communications network design companies in the United States. Specializing in end-to-end engineering consulting, Finley works with telecom providers, electric cooperatives, municipalities and counties to find the best broadband strategies to fit specific needs. Every project starts with a strategic discussion regarding broadband and includes all stakeholders to gather critical information and perspectives. Once a project is underway, Finley provides construction observation and project management. 

Fujitsu Network Communications

www.us.fujitsu.com/telecom
+1 (888) 362-7763

Key Products: End-to-end multivendor network project integration; other professional services; network equipment and management software
Summary: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., based in Richardson, Texas, builds middle-mile and last-mile fiber networks, partnering with states, municipalities and utilities. It works with customers or their consultants to plan, design, build, operate and maintain broadband networks. It delivers custom, end-to-end network integration by combining the best of wireline, wireless and software technology with multivendor services, using a vendor-agnostic approach to provide turnkey solutions for FTTH implementations. Fujitsu Network Communications has served as prime integrator for high-profile telecommunications and enterprise projects that include an ongoing FTTH deployment by Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos, New Mexico, and middle-mile network connectivity for Horizon Telcom in southern and eastern Ohio. Fujitsu powered a 2,000-mile fiber network with broadband speeds up to 100 Gbps for Illinois Century Network, an openaccess provider owned and operated by the state of Illinois. Last year, the company was design-build integrator for FairlawnGig, a municipal fiber network in Fairlawn, Ohio, and it operates and maintains the network. Fujitsu Network Communications is a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, a global information and communications technology company based in Japan that offers technology products, solutions and services in more than 100 countries. The company, which has approximately 140,000 employees, reported consolidated revenues of about $36 billion for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2018.

GigabitNow

www.gigabitnow.com
+1 (866) 748-8066

Key Products: Turnkey solutions for planning, design, financing, construction, operation and support of gigabit fiber-to-the-home networks; co-location and backup services
Summary: GigabitNow offers customized fiber internet solutions for small cities, communities, multitenant buildings and business. Established in 1994 and builder-operator of one of the oldest FTTH networks in the United States (Highlands Fiber Network in Issaquah, Washington), GigabitNow most recently completed an overbuild and operates an FTTH network for the historic Sea Ranch community along the Northern California coast. The company consults with each community to develop the best solution to meet its needs, then guides the project from design through implementation. Once a network is constructed, GigabitNow performs network management, daily operations, end-user support and billing. GigabitNow, headquartered in Seattle, has 45 employees. It is a division of IsoFusion Inc., one of the largest privately held ISPs and co-location operators in western Washington.

GLDS

www.glds.com
+1 (800) 882-7950

Key Products: Software for broadband customer management, billing, provisioning and workforce management
Summary: Since 1980, GLDS has helped broadband service providers look big by providing reliable, full-featured billing and customer management software at affordable prices – including cloud-based services that operators can use with little server investment. Partnering with major equipment suppliers worldwide, GLDS supports FTTH, IPTV, OTT, DOCSIS, LTE, TVE, cloud services, wireless, satellite, mobile payments and legacy service delivery systems. Direct interfaces and open APIs allow GLDS applications to control voice, video, workforce management, VOD, high-speed data and more. GLDS adds new interfaces regularly. It has installed solutions for more than 800 small to midsize broadband service providers, including FTTH, cable, satellite and wireless operators that range in size from startups to providers with more than 400,000 customers. GLDS has offices in Wisconsin, Lithuania and Carlsbad, California, and operates in 49 U.S. states and 47 countries. Products include BroadHub for customer management and billing and SuperController for multiservice automated provisioning. WinForce tech, a mobile workforce management platform, empowers field techs with tools previously available only to office staff. MyBroadbandMarket offers a 24/365 customer shopping and self-subscription experience.

Google Fiber

www.fiber.google.com

Key Products: Voice, video and gigabit internet services
Summary: Since being founded by Google in 2010, Google Fiber has become a major competitive overbuilder that catalyzed FTTH deployments nationwide by introducing gigabit speeds at moderate prices in a growing number of cities across the United States. The total number of metropolitan areas in which Google Fiber is building networks now stands at 12. In one, Huntsville, Alabama, Google Fiber leases part of Huntsville Utilities’ fiber network and builds only the final drops to customer premises. The company’s October 2016 acquisition of Webpass allows it to offer gigabit speeds to urban buildings using a hybrid fiber-wireless technology. Webpass service is currently available in Chicago; Denver; Miami; Oakland, California; San Diego; San Francisco and Seattle. In October 2015, Google Fiber was separated from Google when both became subsidiaries of the Alphabet umbrella company. Alphabet’s Other Bets segment, of which Google Fiber is now a part, posted 2017 revenue of $1.2 billion. Marking a significant change in strategy, in October 2016, Alphabet announced it would pause plans to roll out fiber in some cities where discussions had already begun or end discussions altogether. The company also announced a 9 percent staff cut in its national Google Fiber division. In 2017, the company announced that TV would not be included in its offerings in Louisville, Kentucky, and San Antonio. 

“There is so much happening today that stresses the need for good infrastructure planning: smart-city technology, rapid small-cell deployment, the internet of things, the reversal of net neutrality and privacy laws.”
– Diane Kruse, CEO, NEO Connect

Graybar

www.graybar.com
+1 (800) GRAYBAR (472-9227)

Key Products: PON electronics, fiber cabinets/enclosures, fiber optic cable, fiber splice closures and pedestals, DC power, fiber terminals
Summary: Graybar specializes in supply-chain management services – getting the right parts to the right places at the right time so construction moves ahead and inventory doesn’t pile up in warehouses. The company is a leading North American distributor of components, equipment and materials for telecommunications and other industries. FTTH and related solutions represent a significant portion of its broadband business. Independent telephone companies, competitive phone companies, municipalities, RUS plow contractors, wireless backhaul providers, central-office contractors and cable companies all depend on Graybar. Founded in 1869 as Gray and Barton, today Graybar sells thousands of items from leading manufacturers; its valueadded services include kitting and integrated solutions. A Fortune 500 company with gross sales of $6.6 billion in 2017, Graybar employs 8,500 people at 290 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It is one of North America’s largest and oldest employee-owned companies.

Henkels & McCoy Group Inc.

www.henkelsgroup.com
+1 (800) HENKELS 436-5357

Key Products: Planning, design, engineering, project management, construction, operations management and installation of outside and inside plant for wireline and wireless networks
Summary: Founded in 1923, Henkels & McCoy Group Inc. (HMG) is a utility construction firm that provides critical infrastructure for the power, oil and gas pipeline, gas distribution, and communications markets in North America. It is the parent holding company of Henkels & McCoy Inc., HMI and H&M Shared Services. HMG has been an FTTH pioneer, performing feasibility studies, project management, construction management, implementation of outside plant and inside plant, and underground and aerial construction. It has regional, area and project offices across the United States, approximately 5,300 employees and more than 8,300 pieces of modern equipment, allowing the provision of end-to-end solutions.

Hotwire Communications

www.hotwirecommunications.com
+1 (800) 409-4733

Key Products: Residential and commercial high-speed data, network management, Wi-Fi solutions, security, home automation, digital voice and HD IPTV video services delivered over FTTP networks 
Summary: Hotwire Communications is one of the largest and oldest independent providers of fiber-to-the-premises communications solutions in the United States. It provides services to private residential communities, condominiums, apartments, hotels, multitenant commercial buildings, government buildings, student housing, and senior and assisted living facilities. Hotwire Communications operates in more than a dozen states and owns its fully redundant fiber network. As a competitive local exchange carrier and franchised cable operator, Hotwire Communications designs, builds and operates its telecommunications and in-home entertainment services. Residential services include ultra-highspeed data, HD IPTV, VoIP and advanced home automation solutions. Fision Work, the company’s business division, offers, in addition to these products, symmetrical metro Ethernet, co-location, hosted PBX, PRI and DAS solutions and other business services. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Hotwire began delivering fiber to the home and IPTV in 2006. In 2014, it became the first residential gigabit internet provider in Florida. Recently, it provided a 10 Gbps symmetrical connection to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach – one of the fastest hotel connections in the world. It has been selected to operate the municipal network in Salisbury, North Carolina, and will supply FTTH services for part of Atlanta’s massive redevelopment of Fort McPherson as a residential and commercial hub.

Huntsville Utilities

www.hsvutil.org
+1 (256) 535-1200

Key Products: Citywide dark fiber infrastructure leased to service providers
Summary: Huntsville Utilities, owned by the city of Huntsville, Alabama, supplies electricity, gas and water to about 185,000 customers. In 2015, as the utility prepared to expand its legacy fiber facilities to meet growing needs for monitoring and automating its systems, it decided to install enough extra capacity to support a citywide FTTH network and lease this extra dark fiber to service providers. The open-access wholesale network will pass 105,000 premises by the end of 2019, making it one of the largest municipal FTTH networks in the United States. The Huntsville model has several unusual features; the most important is that the final drops to the premises are constructed and owned by service providers, not by the city. In February 2016, Google Fiber became the anchor tenant on the network, pledging to offer triple-play services to all Huntsville residents and small businesses. Google Fiber began connecting customers in 2017. The construction of the network was followed by a series of economic development wins for the city, which Huntsville’s mayor calls a validation of the “Gig City” strategy. Facebook is investing $750 million for a new data center, Toyota and Mazda have announced a $1.6 billion production facility and Aerojet Rocketdyne announced it was headquartering its defense business unit in Huntsville and bringing about 800 jobs to the city.

InfiniSys Multifamily Technology

www.electronicarchitect.com
+1 (386) 236-1500

Key Products: Telecommunications and broadband network design for MDU buildings; amenity selection; low-voltage and wireless system engineering; contract negotiation, project management and acquisition assessment
Summary: To differentiate their communities, MDU owners call on InfiniSys, a leader in multifamily electronic architecture. As an independent technology adviser and developer, InfiniSys creates comprehensive, standardsbased amenity solutions that include internet and cellular connectivity, internet of things (IoT), entertainment, access control, video surveillance, digital signage and messaging, comfort and energy management, and leisurespace control systems for new and existing apartments, condominiums, student housing, senior housing, hotels, mixed-use developments and master-planned communities. The thousands of projects InfiniSys has undertaken since its inception in 1990 have garnered many awards for forward-thinking solutions and exceptional customer support. InfiniSys works with electronics and infrastructure manufacturers, software developers, and public and private service providers to create new products and service offerings, including IoT solutions. It developed and then successfully trademarked both the NetworkedApartment and SmartApartment brands. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, the firm represents developers and property owners in negotiations with service providers and low-voltage contractors and oversees projects for financial stakeholders.

PASSIVE COMPONENTS FOR FTTH NETWORKS

“It’s exciting to see FTTH beginning to be integrated into the business plans with smart city, electric utility grid efficiency, and even wireless overlays that make for systems with hybrid technologies. To me, it’s a sign that FTTH has finally become the accepted norm for wireline telecom architecture.”
– James Salter, Chairman, Atlantic Engineering Group

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

www.ilsr.org / www.muninetworks.org
+1 (612) 276-3456

Key Products: Broadband policy research and municipal broadband advocacy  
Summary: Since 1974, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has championed local self-reliance based on humanscaled institutions and widely distributed ownership. The nonprofit organization, which has offices in Maine, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., conducts research, advocacy and education that support local control of energy, recycling, financing, broadband and other initiatives. ILSR promotes the intelligent use of advanced technology to achieve locally determined goals. Its Community Broadband Networks Initiative is an important source of information and analysis about locally based fiber-to-the-home projects (those owned by municipalities, cooperatives and public-private partnerships). ILSR’s publications, including its MuniNetworks.org blog, toolkit and weekly podcast, have been instrumental in showing communities that controlling their broadband destinies is feasible and has the potential to improve local economies and quality of life.

Inteleconnect

www.inteleconnect.com
+1 (734) 604-1563

Key Products: Service provider negotiations, financial feasibility plans, fiber infrastructure design, consultation and situation analysis  
Summary: Founded in 1998, Inteleconnect develops telecommunications strategies for municipalities, college and university campuses, mixed-use developments and small, medium and large businesses. The company designs and manages service provider–neutral networks (it designed, implemented and currently manages the St. Joe Valley Metronet in South Bend, Indiana); negotiates for in-building distributed antenna systems for such institutions as Clemson University, Nemours Children’s Hospital and Lake Nona Medical City; and negotiates telecommunications service contracts to enable advanced internet, cable TV and telephone networks. Projects include the design and implementation of the statewide research and medical fiber network that connects the three research universities and seven major medical facilities in South Carolina. Other projects include Avalon for North American Properties in Alpharetta, Georgia, and the restructuring of Heather Gardens, an existing 2,400-unit, 55-plus community in Aurora, Colorado.

iPhotonix

www.iphotonix.com
+1 (214) 575-9300

Key Products: Optical network terminals, residential gateways, network functions virtualization, cloud transformation 
Summary: Based in Richardson, Texas, iPhotonix is a key player in the virtualization of optical access that is occurring worldwide. Its open, modular software platforms simplify network operation, enable multivendor hardware deployments and seamlessly connect physical and virtual network elements. In addition, the company develops and commercializes solutions to help service providers migrate to optical access networks in an easy, fast, affordable way. Its GPON and active Ethernet ONTs interoperate with a wide variety of central-office and customer-premises equipment, including RF video headends and set-top boxes, to provide FTTH services to all market segments. The iVolve optical network termination platform includes more than 50 models of ONTs and gateways, and the iPhotonix Virtual Network (iVN) platform enables communications service providers to create network managed services for a fraction of the cost and time it takes to deploy traditional managed services. Last year, iPhotonix’s iVolve ONT solutions were fully integrated with NeoNova’s ACS platform to support NeoNova’s network management service offerings and solutions, and Santa Rosa Telephone Cooperative implemented iPhotonix iVolve MoCA 2.0 ONTs into its home networking solution. The iPhotonix team has a rich history of innovation, R&D experience and delivery of reliable solutions from its origins at Siemens Telecom. The company’s solutions are tested and deployed by many communications service providers worldwide.

KGPCo

www.kgpco.com
+1 (800) 755-1950

Key Products: Equipment for wireline and wireless networks, cloud networks, SDN/NFV/IoT, data centers, and distributed antenna systems; inventory management, logistics, site development, sourcing, supply chain management
Summary: KGPCo aims to be the go-to partner for communications providers to build, optimize and transform their networks. It provides customized, scalable supply chain and network transformation solutions for the communications industry. The company combines a comprehensive suite of technical strategy and implementation services with a national logistics network and portfolio of technology partnerships. KGPCo recently launched the KGPCo Solution Innovation Center to evaluate, design and engineer cloud and virtualization solutions developed and operationalized in the live network environment. KGPCo, founded in 1973, is headquartered in Faribault, Minnesota.

Ledcor Technical Services

www.ledcor.com
+1 (512) 275-3500

Key Products: Turnkey and multiservice communications solutions, including design, engineering, sales, construction and maintenance of wireless and wireline terrestrial networks, submarine networks, outside and inside plant, and FTTx
Summary: Ledcor, in business since 1947, is a diversified construction company that has built communications networks since 1979. It has built more than 50,000 miles of fiber across North America, including the United States’ first full-standard GPON networks and Canada’s first transcontinental fiber network. The company employs more than 6,000 people in 30 offices across North America; the communications division has more than 1,400 employees. Ledcor is engaged in a turnkey FTTx deployment for a Tier-1 Canadian telecommunications provider, connecting homes and businesses in communities across British Columbia and Alberta. To date, Ledcor has run fiber to approximately 520,000 homes and 60,000 MXUs. This program includes engineering, access agreements, construction, drops, sales and service delivery to end customers. Ledcor Technical Services’ U.S. operations are headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Leviton Manufacturing

www.leviton.com
+1 (800) 323-8920

Key Products: Premises wiring, outside plant, central-office solutions and home automation products
Summary: Leviton Manufacturing supplies secure, highbandwidth fiber and copper connectivity solutions for enterprise, data center and service provider networks. Residential customers use Leviton’s lighting controls, wiring devices and home automation products, which allow homeowners to create smart living environments that deliver energy savings, safety and convenience. The company has more than 20 years of experience developing solutions for high-speed networks and offers a full line of customconfigurable products along with layout and design support services for data centers. The company’s online configurator allows users to customize enclosures, copper and fiber cable assemblies, copper patch cords and power distribution units to meet their network needs. Leviton’s LightSpace enclosures, designed to meet the requirements of service providers large and small, are used in central-office, outside-plant and fiber-to-the-premises applications. Privately held and based in Melville, New York, Leviton has a portfolio of more than 25,000 products and 600 patents, employs more than 7,000 people and has sales in 80 countries.

Magellan Advisors

www.magellan-advisors.com
+1 (888) 960-5299

Key Products: Broadband and telecom planning, deployment and management services
Summary: Headquartered in Denver, Magellan Advisors is a full-service consulting firm that offers services from project inception through implementation and into continuing operations. Magellan helps communities identify opportunities, value assets, and negotiate and forge publicprivate and public-public partnerships. Services offered include smart-city consulting, comprehensive community broadband planning, financial planning, funds sourcing, business modeling, design engineering, telecommunications master planning, deployment and project management services to governments, municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and private organizations. It also provides a suite of public-sector IT solutions to local, state and federal government markets. Magellan’s projects have led to more than $1 billion of investments in broadband networks that connect more than 1,000 schools, hospitals, libraries and government facilities and pass nearly 1 million homes and businesses with fiber and wireless broadband services. Magellan’s portfolio includes more than 400 engagements for city, county, state, federal and private broadband projects. Clients range from national, regional and tribal governments to new master-planned communities, large cities and small, rural communities.

Mapcom Systems

www.mapcom.com
+1 (804) 743-1860

Key Products: Software for visual operations, workforce management and service assurance
Summary: Mapcom Systems offers a visualization-based approach to FTTH operations and management. Its M4 Solutions Suite encompasses the FTTH life cycle from PON or active network design and feasibility analysis to day-today plant/facility assignment and network maintenance and management. It maps both outside and inside plant at physical and logical levels. Providers use the M4 Solutions Suite to model their networks and service areas, integrating and correlating data from billing, accounting, GPS tracking, element management, network monitoring and vehicletracking applications in a visual interface. Using the suite in conjunction with M4 Workforce and M4 Process Manager technology, staff can communicate via mobile devices to handle trouble tickets, service orders, field locates and permitting. This year, Mapcom Systems launched M4 SLA Vision, the newest addition to the M4 Solutions platform, which automates many of the reports and dashboards critical to meeting service-level agreements. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with a staff of more than 100, Mapcom has worked since 1971 with independents, cooperatives, fiber communities and campus telecommunications providers across the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.

“As an industry, we have to move away from the manual design processes of the past and embrace today’s technology, along with the massive amounts of data we are collecting, to remove the obstacles prohibiting our nation from fully deploying FTTx to every socioeconomic and rural group.”
– Danny Huffman, Owner, ONUG Communications

MasTec North America

www.mastec.com
+1 (888) 785-2171

Key Products: FTTx deployment, outside-plant cabling, engineering, inside-plant construction and installation, joint trench systems, splicing, testing, systems integration, fulfillment, ongoing maintenance
Summary: MasTec’s engineering, design, construction and maintenance services support advanced fiber optic, copper, wireless and satellite networks. Its FTTH network experience includes underground and aerial fiber installation in urban, suburban and rural environments nationwide. It deployed Verizon Fios networks in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Florida, California and Texas; performed outside-plant construction for CenturyLink in Florida and Georgia; and works with many small telephone companies. MasTec, headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, can supply crews and equipment to its customers 24/7. By combining cutting-edge technology, innovative solutions, skilled professionals and a commitment to safety, the company ensures that its customers can meet their customers’ communications needs with reliability and quality.

Michels Corporation

www.michels.us
+1 (920) 583-3132

Key Products: Fiber optic network construction, including outside-plant construction, structured cabling and fiber splicing and testing
Summary: In 1983, Michels, based in Brownsville, Wisconsin, was one of the first companies to construct fiber lines. Today, it builds thousands of miles of fiber optic and broadband networks each year. Its communications personnel serve all sectors of the communications industry – local telephone companies, broadband and cable TV providers, schools and enterprises. The company’s construction design and management services include all phases of inside- and outside-plant engineering. Plowing, trenching, splicing, terminating, testing, constructing aerial lines, directional boring, rail plowing, installing cable, conducting site work and providing FTTx solutions are some of the services Michels offers. In addition, it assists clients with growth forecasting, verifying existing facilities, investigating potential migration strategies and estimating costs of numerous deployment options. For 2018, Michels ranked 38th on Engineering NewsRecord’s annual Top 400 Contractors list, its 13th consecutive year in the top 100 contractors. The firm has more than 5,000 employees in regional offices throughout the United States.

Mid-State Consultants

www.mscon.com
+1 (435) 623-8601

Key Products: Communications engineering services, facilities management software
Summary: Mid-State Consultants offers a full range of communications engineering services for telephony, data and video networks as well as computerized mapping and conversion and construction supervision. The company has experience working for a broad clientele, including local exchange carriers, RBOCs, interexchange carriers, competitive access providers, ISPs, cellular operators and CATV operators, and it has participated in many FTTH projects. Mid-State assists clients with growth forecasting, verification of existing facilities, investigation of potential migration strategies and cost estimates of numerous deployment options. The company’s construction design and management services include all phases of inside- and outsideplant engineering. Mid-State’s e-TICS facilities management software facilitates the assignment of inside and outside plant from end to end; for FTTH networks, it can assign fibers and splitter ports to specific locations. Mid-State Consultants is headquartered in Nephi, Utah, and has eight regional offices throughout the United States.

Multilink

www.gomultilink.com
+1 (800) 755-1950

Key Products: Fiber distribution and cable management solutions, connectors, splice enclosures and cabinets; MDU enclosures; raceway and pathway solutions
Summary: A manufacturer of telecommunications network components, Multilink, founded in 1983, focuses on fiber management solutions. Multilink’s customers include independent telcos, RBOCs, utilities, local area network providers and CATV MSOs. Its products are designed to meet the needs of both legacy plant and new technology applications. The company’s engineering staff works closely with customers to develop innovative designs and applicationoriented products to provide cost-effective solutions. Recent product introductions include the Surelight H-IP, a fiber drop cable solution with a field-installable application that is an OptiTap-compatible connector. Based in Elyria, Ohio, Multilink is privately owned and has 200 employees.

NBT Solutions / VETRO FiberMap

www.nbtsolutions.com / www.vetrofibermap.com
+1 (800) 755-1950

Key Products: Fiber mapping software
Summary: VETRO FiberMap, a cloud-based fiber management GIS mapping platform, is experiencing rapid adoption across the United States and globally. Launched in 2016, the platform is now used by more than 50 companies in 22 states and four countries. Designed and built to meet the needs of small and midsize fiber ISPs and community fiber networks, VETRO FiberMap helps such organizations compete successfully with larger operators by providing efficiency and network map access. The software’s open application programming interfaces allow for extensive integrations with outside applications. Network designers, builders and owner-operators leverage VETRO FiberMap as a core business platform to plan, design, build, manage, sell and operate FTTx networks. Customers include ISPs, rural ILECs and CLECs, WISPs, rural electric co-ops, design/engineering consultants and cable companies. VETRO FiberMap was launched by NBT Solutions, a privately owned software development firm based in Portland, Maine.

NEO Connect

www.neoconnect.us
+1 (800) 323-8920

Key Products: Consulting, feasibility studies, design and engineering services
Summary: NEO Connect works with local and state governments throughout the United States regarding all things broadband. NEO provides municipal advisory, funding, consulting, feasibility, and design and engineering services. NEO has become a leader in municipal broadband planning in Colorado, a hotbed for broadband initiatives. In addition to crafting the state’s first comprehensive broadband plan, NEO provided planning, evaluation, management and/ or implementation services for 45 of the state’s 64 counties and for 52 cities and towns statewide. The majority of these projects were rural, grant-funded efforts aimed at enabling economic development, educational opportunities, public safety, and government accessibility; lowering costs; and improving services. NEO’s team also assisted communities in Minnesota, California, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands and North Carolina. Notable projects include Colorado’s Region 10 Middle Mile Project; Delta Montrose Electric Association’s Gigabit Last Mile Project; and feasibility studies for El Dorado County, California; the cities of Greeley, Windsor, Arvada and Westminster; and the Jefferson County School District. Recently, NEO completed certification to work with local governments as a municipal adviser, allowing it to provide assistance in obtaining public financing for broadband projects on behalf of municipal clients. 

OPTICAL LAN SOLUTIONS

“Fiber to the premises is not considered a luxury anymore; it is becoming necessary for homes, businesses and communities to operate. It’s important that service providers are able to rely on a network’s ability to scale and increase bandwidth as the population demands. Our goal as an industry is not only to provide high-speed broadband services but also to provide a service that enriches the lives of our population.”
– Michael Fischer, Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas, DASAN Zhone Solutions

Nokia / Nokia Networks

www.nokia.com
+1 (908) 582-3000

Key Products: Wireline and wireless network equipment, software for network management, IoT technology, cloud solutions
Summary: Nokia, headquartered in Espoo, Finland, is a market leader in wireless and wireline networks. It has a global presence with operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. A third of fixed-broadband subscribers worldwide are served by access networks that use Nokia technology, including EPON, GPON, xDSL, cable and G.fast. Many companies, including EPB Fiber Optics, China Mobile, SKB and Frontier Communications, have deployed Nokia’s NG-PON technology to deliver 10 Gbps services. Nokia Bell Labs (descendant of the original Bell Laboratories) showed that Nokia’s XGS-PON technology, part of the company’s NG-PON offering, could support ultra-low-latency fronthaul for 5G mobile traffic, thus paving the way for true integration of wireline and wireless networks. Nokia recently launched internet routing platforms, powered by its FP4 chips, that allow multi-terabit throughput. Nokia closed 2017 with net revenue of approximately $27 billion on sales generated in about 130 countries. It had about 103,000 employees at the end of 2017, with an annual R&D budget of almost $6 billion and R&D facilities in Europe, North America and Asia.

OFS

www.ofsoptics.com
+1 (770) 798-5555 / www.ofsoptics.com
+1 (888) 342-3743

Key Products: Optical fiber; optical fiber cable; fusion splicers; fiber management and connectivity products for homes, businesses, data centers and MDUs; network design services
Summary: OFS’s heritage, which goes back to the original Bell Labs, includes pioneering research and development in fiber optics. Wholly owned by Furukawa Electric of Japan, OFS designs, manufactures and supplies optical fiber, fiber optic cable, specialty photonics and optical connectivity solutions, providing end-to-end fiber optic solutions for outside-plant and inside-plant networks. Products include EZ-Bend ultra-bend-insensitive optical cables and InvisiLight solutions for nearly invisible in-MDU and in-home fiber deployments; AllWave+ ZWP full-spectrum, zero-water-peak, bend-optimized fiber; gel-free Fortex loose tube, AccuRibbon ribbon and PowerGuide ADSS fiber cables; end-to-end fiber connectivity, optical splitter and fiber management solutions; fusion splicers and several MDU deployment solutions. The professional services group designs and builds FTTX networks for MDU and SFU applications. Recent product launches include Rollable Ribbon cables, assemblies and new connectivity solutions for MDU and SFU applications. Headquartered near Atlanta, OFS is a global provider with facilities in North America, Europe and Africa and sales offices around the world. Furukawa Electric reported revenue of about $1.7 billion for its telecommunications group for the fiscal year ending March 2018.

On Trac

www.ontracinc.net
+1 (423) 755-1950

Key Products: FTTH splicing and installation, mainline fiber splicing, MDU network design and installation, structured cabling, consulting, project management, warehousing, back-office structure
Summary: Based in East Tennessee, On Trac provides telecommunications services and special projects to network operators nationwide. Its core services are FTTH splicing and installation. Additional services include consulting; project management; training, service and repair; materials management and warehousing; scheduling processes; and backoffice structure. Clients include municipal network operators, cooperatives and privately owned operators, including Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Dalton Utilities, GVTC, LUS Fiber, Google Fiber, C Spire and Longmont Power & Communications. To date, On Trac has connected more than 250,000 FTTH installations and performed outside-plant work that includes aerial drops, underground drops, mainline fiber splicing and bidirectional testing.

ONUG Communications

www.onugsolutions.com
+1 (919) 876-5455

Key Products:  Outside-plant engineering, planning and design; project management, feasibility studies, consulting services, quality assurance, construction
Summary: ONUG Communications, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, provides services for FTTH deployers that range from feasibility studies through planning, design, engineering and construction. Clients include AT&T, Google Fiber and other incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers, municipalities and utilities. Recently, ONUG began partnering with Biarri Networks, adding engineering expertise to Biarri’s mathematical algorithms to produce cost-optimized network designs in a short time frame, thus saving capital expenditure and expediting deployment for clients. By using this automated design solution, ONUG planned and/or designed FTTH networks for more than 5 million households in 2017 alone.

Palmetto Engineering & Consulting / CrescentLink Solutions

www.palmettoeng.com / geograph.tech
+1 (864) 295-3180

Key Products:  Telecom engineering, consulting and installation; GIS software and services
Summary: Founded in 2006 and based in Greenville, South Carolina, Palmetto Engineering & Consulting provides engineering and consulting services to telecommunications operators, electric utilities and oil and gas companies, among others. It also provides GIS, data engineering and integration services. Since its 2014 merger with Little Rock, Arkansas–based CT&T, it offers right-of-way services. The telecom engineering group performs network planning, outside-plant design, central office equipment planning, specifications development, bidding assistance and acceptance testing, facilities management and project management. Palmetto’s ISP engineers plan, design, provision and install equipment shelves and cards for communications circuits for telecom providers in all size categories. The company’s CTS subsidiary specializes in installation and cutover of FTTH services. Palmetto’s CrescentLink software, based on ArcGIS, was designed after years of working with clients on GIS projects and learning what they needed to plan, design, map and manage their fiber networks. It is now widely used by fiber deployers that include electric cooperatives, municipalities, telcos, universities and fiber overbuilders. Palmetto has a staff of 170.  

Pavlov Media

www.pavlovmedia.com
+1 (800) 677-6812

Key Products: Internet, video and voice services; managed services, including support for leasing offices
Summary: Pavlov Media is a leading network provider in the multiple-dwelling-unit space and the largest private provider of broadband services to off-campus student housing communities. It builds and runs networks in 44 states and Canada. With more than 175,000 residents using its network, Pavlov Media provides high-speed internet and cable television to hundreds of apartment, condo and student housing sites. Pavlov Media’s national fiber network backbone enables the delivery of internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to residents. Other speed-enhancing innovations include WebSnap – a set of traffic management techniques that enable fast web page loading through superfast blasts of service – and a root domain name server hosted on Pavlov Media’s network to improve latency. Pavlov Media launched its first fiber-tothe-unit service several years ago and now supplies FTTU to thousands of apartments. Founded in 1994, Pavlov Media is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois.

Power & Tel

www.ptsupply.com
+1 (800) 238-7514

Key Products: Fiber optic and cable products, optical networking electronics, test gear, IPTV, home networking solutions
Summary: The distributor Power & Tel specializes in the procurement, sales and logistics of communications products. By cost-effectively and efficiently managing the supply chain, Power & Tel lets its customers – service providers, contractors and other entities large enough to maintain their own communications networks – focus on building and maintaining fiber networks. The company also provides materials-management services that use state-of-the art distribution technology to accommodate the industry’s rapidly changing supply needs. Last year, Power & Tel and Geneva-based ADB, a provider of end-to-end TV solutions, signed a master distribution agreement for the Americas. Founded in 1963 and privately owned, Power & Tel is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, and has locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. 

PPC Broadband

www.ppc-online.com
+1 (315) 431-7200 / +1 (800) 800-6652

Key Products: Armored polymer microduct and fiber cables for the FTTH and MDU markets
Summary: PPC Broadband fiber optic cable, microduct and closure solutions are designed to enable cost-effective fiber deployment. The company’s Miniflex fiber cable can be pushed by hand more than 400 feet, pulled for 900 feet or blown 2,500 feet. The QuikPush family of preconnectorized pushable fiber solutions and all-dielectric, self-supporting (ADSS) cable are designed to speed up the last mile of FTTH and FTTC deployments. Preconnectorized QuikDrop cable is a small, ultra-tough, flexible fiber that is easy to ship and handle. In addition, PPC has closures to house fiber cable slack, ONUs, and RF electronics and passives that provide security for consumers and convenience for technicians. PPC Broadband has installed more than 100 million feet of fiber cable and microduct in more than 52 countries. PPC recently acquired the Nebraska-based fiber provider Net-Tech Technology (NT2), which will add multiplexers and splitters to PPC’s fiber business unit. PPC Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of Belden Inc. and is headquartered in East Syracuse, New York, with manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Denmark, St. Kitts and China. Belden’s Broadcast Solutions segment, of which PPC Broadband is a part, generated revenues of $725.1 million in 2017.

NETWORK PLANNING AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS

Preformed Line Products

www.preformed.com
+1 (440) 461-5200

Key Products: Fiber optic and copper splice closures, highspeed cross-connect devices, cable anchoring, control hardware systems
Summary: Founded in 1947, Preformed Line Products (PLP) is an international designer and manufacturer of products and systems used to construct and maintain overhead and underground networks. Its communications segment serves telecommunications network operators, cable television and broadband service providers, corporations and enterprise networks, government departments and agencies and educational institutions. The company recently updated its flagship product line of COYOTE fiber optic closures to make the devices more durable, more versatile and easier to install. PLP serves telecommunications network operators, cable television and broadband service providers, power utilities, enterprise networks, government agencies and educational institutions. Headquartered in Cleveland, PLP has two domestic manufacturing facilities, 18 foreign subsidiaries and a global network of more than 3,000 employees. Net sales for 2017 were $378 million.

Prysmian Group

www.prysmiangroup.com
+1 (803) 951-4800 / +1 (800) 713-5312

Key Products: Optical fiber and telecommunications cables
Summary: Created through the union of Prysmian and Draka, Prysmian Group is the world’s largest cable solutions provider with 21,000 employees, 82 plants and 17 R&D centers in 50 countries. With 140 years of history, Prysmian offers a wide range of products, services and technologies in hightech markets, including optical fiber cable, composite fiber/ power cable for wireless sites, FTTx solutions and premises/ data cables. The company’s two compact solutions for FTTH are Mini FlexTube cables, optimized for mid-span access with SuperFlexible 1.3 mm tubes that can be removed without tools, and LT2.0 cables, which offer small, flexible, conventional buffer tubes with bend-insensitive fiber as a standard feature. Prysmian also offers ADSS and OPGW cables for FTTH and middle-mile builders that have access to electrical utility poles or transmission infrastructure. In North America, the company has deployed 100 million miles of Prysmian Group fiber and opened two fiber optic manufacturing facilities in the United States, including the only co-located fiber and cable facility in the region. Last year, Prysmian Group North America announced a three-year, $300 million agreement with Verizon to facilitate the deployment of its 5G and broadband networks and improve 4G LTE and other broadband capacity. In June 2018, Prysmian completed its acquisition of General Cable, a Kentucky-based manufacturer of aluminum, copper, and fiber optic wire and cable products. Prysmian’s sales for 2017 reached more than $7 billion. 

Pulse Broadband

www.pulsebroadband.net
+1 (703) 467-1469

Key Products: Broadband network feasibility studies, FTTH and fixed wireless network planning, design, construction management, provisioning, billing, customer care, video programming services, operations management
Summary: Pulse Broadband, an NRTC company, was formed in 2008 to bring fiber broadband technology (including FTTH) to unserved and underserved areas. In 2016, it was acquired by the NRTC, a cooperative that serves more than 1,500 utilities in 48 states. Pulse is operated as an independent subsidiary, and NRTC is available to provide managed services to Pulse clients. Pulse Broadband specializes in rural broadband, helping electric and telephone cooperatives, municipalities and other organizations build and operate gigabit fiber backbone networks to enable next-generation, smart-grid information delivery along with high-speed broadband internet and telecommunications services. Pulse helps clients determine which broadband network architecture is most financially viable and then works to design networks, procure materials, manage construction and launch services. Pulse also offers professional services consulting for backoffice and video programming functions, including billing, provisioning, customer sales and support, reporting and marketing. Over the past three years, Pulse has added more end-to-end broadband solutions to its FTTH core competence. Pulse’s experience includes 24 projects, 25,550 miles of fiber/ FTTH plant, 267,000 homes passed and $727 million of rural infrastructure investment. Pulse has 115 employees and is headquartered in Mishawaka, Indiana, with additional offices in Herndon, Virginia, and St. Louis, Missouri.

Rocket Fiber

www.rocketfiber.com
+1 (844) 847-6253

Key Products: Gigabit internet, managed services, voice, IPTV
Summary: Rocket Fiber was founded in 2014 and began rolling out FTTH services to residents and businesses in Detroit’s central business district in late 2015. It currently has more than 40 miles of fiber optic cable in Detroit and has begun expanding east and west of the downtown area along the Detroit River and into midtown. One of the few U.S. providers to offer 10 Gbps residential service, its standard 1 Gbps service allows zero-buffering IPTV video and premium gaming performance. Rocket Fiber is unusual among private, for-profit ISPs in that it was formed with the explicit goal of contributing to local economic development. Its mission is to develop and implement critical technology infrastructure that will contribute to transforming Detroit into an attractive city for technology and other businesses. The company is at the forefront of Detroit’s smart-city movement, leading the development of high-tech assets. It is a part of Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, the bestknown of which is the financial giant Quicken Loans.

SmartRG

www.smartrg.com
+1 (877) 486-6210

Key Products: Carrier-grade customer-premises equipment; open-services platform for managing networked in-home devices; service provider tools for network optimization, insight and security
Summary: Service providers increasingly must view and manage equipment inside customer premises, and SmartRG provides hardware and software for them to do that costeffectively. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, SmartRG was spun off from the former ClearAccess when Cisco acquired the software assets of ClearAccess in 2012. One of SmartRG’s flagship products, Smart/OS, uses the emerging technologies of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization to support next-generation FTTH gateways and other in-home networking products. In October 2017, SmartRG introduced a new gigabit broadband access gateway. Poised to take advantage of the connected-city and internet of things market trends, SmartRG has more than 600 service provider customers – including many fiber-tothe-home providers – with a total of more than 15 million broadband subscribers. Privately held SmartRG has annual revenues of more than $20 million.

“Consumers want giga-fast broadband and beyond, from the access side all the way down to every device in their smart homes, without any bandwidth bottlenecks. So combining advancements in fiber access technologies, such as PON, XGS-PON and NG-PON2, with innovations in home Wi-Fi, such as intelligent mesh and 802.11ax, into an integrated solution is essential to help service providers exceed their subscriber expectations.”
– Brian Feng, Senior Vice President, Zyxel North America

Smithville Communications / Smithville Telecom / Smithville Fiber

www.smithville.com
+1 (812) 876-2211 / +1 (800) 742-4084

Key Products: High-speed internet, IPTV, voice, managed services, cellular, home automation and security services, internet of things/big data support, videoconferencing, consulting services 
Summary: Privately owned Smithville Communications, with 204 employees, is Indiana’s largest independent telecom company. Smithville expanded its fiber network in 2018, building a new network for enterprise-level capacity and partnering with Purdue University to bring high-capacity fiber to a rural area that is home to the Purdue Research Park, a $2 billion federal research lab. Smithville’s GigaCity project continues to advance in the city of Jasper, and the company expanded its fiber operations in the tourist mecca of Nashville, Indiana, and the rural town of Ellettsville. These expansions are not grant funded; they are either self-funded or funded through public-private partnerships. Smithville recently standardized its residential service options to the best speed available in any location with no data caps, and it actively promotes streaming TV as its main television service offering. It continues to upgrade all its legacy copper areas with fiber to the cabinet to upgrade speeds and capacity in rural areas.

Sonic

www.sonic.com
+1 (855) 757-6111

Key Products: Gigabit fiber-to-the-premises, fiber-to-the-node and DSL internet access; voice service; co-location; business networking
Summary: Based in Santa Rosa, California, Sonic is the largest independent internet service provider in Northern California and has delivered internet and phone service to homes and businesses for more than 24 years. Founded on the belief that access to fast, reliable, affordable internet should be available to all, Sonic is committed to building out a wholly owned gigabit fiber network while supporting the local communities it serves. In December 2017, Sonic launched the biggest expansion of its gigabit fiber service in its history, bringing its offerings to the Bay Area cities of Berkeley, Albany, and parts of Oakland, El Cerrito and Kensington. Businesses such as Russian River Brewing, Awayco and Digilock depend on Sonic for fast, affordable internet and award-winning customer service. The company adheres to policies that benefit its customers and has been awarded a perfect score for its privacy policy from the Electronic Frontier Foundation year after year.

Superior Essex

www.superioressex.com
+1 (770) 657-6000

Key Products: Premises and outside-plant fiber and copper cable products, FTTH enclosures
Summary: Superior Essex designs, manufactures and supplies a large selection of premises and outside-plant fiber optic and copper wire and cable products. The company supplies many of the largest telecommunications service providers, and its cable products are installed in thousands of enterprises around the world. It recently introduced a line of cables for distributed antenna systems; FTTH enclosures, including fiber distribution hubs; and redesigned families of fiber dome closures. Superior Essex has a codevelopment and marketing alliance with Legrand to create a suite of structured cabling systems, nCompass. The company recently launched PowerWise Category 5e cable, a 22-gauge communications data cable specifically designed for internet-connected devices that utilize Power over Ethernet. Also introduced recently is EnduraLite indoor/outdoor loose-tube optical fiber cable. Superior Essex is headquartered in Atlanta and has more than 3,000 employees. Its state-of-the-art product development center is in Kennesaw, Georgia, and it has manufacturing facilities in Brownwood, Texas; Tarboro, North Carolina; and Hoisington, Kansas. 

DISTRIBUTORS OF FIBER OPTIC PRODUCTS

TDS Telecom

www.tdstelecom.com
+1 (866) 571-6662

Key Products: Internet access, phone, TV services
Summary: TDS Telecom is the seventh-largest local exchange telephone company in the United States with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone and TV services in nearly 900 rural, suburban and metropolitan communities. TDS also operates TDS Broadband Service LLC, a cable company that includes BendBroadband. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1 gigabit internet access, IPTV service, cable TV options and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including hosted VoIP, high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking and hosted managed services. TDS Telecom began building FTTH in greenfield developments more than a decade ago, and today it offers FTTH in 75 communities. In 2017, it acquired the municipal fiber network in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and has upgraded and expanded it over the last year. It is also partnering with other Wisconsin municipalities to build fiber optic networks. In February 2018, the company announced it had earmarked $60 million to fund new fiber expansions inside and outside its wireline footprint throughout the rest of the year. TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Its operating revenues for 2017 were $1.14 billion.

The Broadband Group / TBG Network Services

www.broadbandgroup.com
+1 (702) 405-7000

Key Products: Telecommunications master planning, network design and engineering, financial modeling, construction management
Summary: The Broadband Group (TBG), a technology and telecommunications consulting firm, develops business plans, network specifications, engineering designs, financial models and deployment strategies for utilities, master-planned communities, municipalities and service providers that seek to facilitate or deliver next-generation broadband services. TBG’s wholly owned subsidiary, TBG Network Services (TBGNS), oversees construction management. In Huntsville, Alabama, TBGNS manages the Huntsville Utilities buildout of its 966- mile, citywide fiber network, which leases excess dark fiber to its anchor tenant, Google Fiber. Current TBG projects include leading the fiber business plan development and deployment strategies for Ontario, California; Long Beach, California; and City Utilities/SpringNet in Springfield, Missouri. Large-scale master-planned communities around the United States call on TBG to create technology master plans that position wired and wireless connectivity as differentiated amenities. Based in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Huntsville, Alabama, TBG was founded in 1997.

Ting

www.ting.com
+1 (855) 846-4389

Key Products: Gigabit internet access
Summary: Ting, a subsidiary of Tucows – a domainmanagement service company that ventured into the MVNO business in 2012 – launched its FTTH business with a bang in December 2014 when it acquired Blue Ridge InternetWorks, a competitive fiber provider in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ting expanded its network across Charlottesville and continues to expand to small markets in new areas, often by partnering with municipalities. Ting currently provides fiber services in Charlottesville, Virginia; Westminster, Maryland; Holly Springs, North Carolina; and the Greater Sandpoint area of Idaho. The company is building new networks in Centennial, Colorado (where it is accepting sign-ups), and Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Recently, Ting announced Ting TV, its upcoming HD TV offering that comes with DVR and an app for viewing on tablets and smartphones. Tucows is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. With 400 employees, it reported $330 million in revenue in 2017.

“The broadband industry in 2018 is at a critical pivot point, and the traditional modes of building networks are clearly not delivering reliably. The explosion in consumer demand and the unquestionable economic benefits of globally competitive internet access for all communities are now as undeniable as the sun rising. The challenge is for the industry to innovate and evolve to meet that demand efficiently.”
– Paul Sulisz, Senior Vice President, Americas, Biarri Networks

TVC Communications / MaxCell

www.tvcinc.com / www.maxcell.us
+1 (888) 644-6075

Key Products: Broadband electronics, connectivity products, outside-plant hardware, test equipment, fabric innerduct, conduit technology
Summary: TVC Communications, a division of WESCO Distribution Inc., is a value-added distributor that stocks and same-day ships FTTH products and facilitates planning, launching and turning on fiber networks in broadband, telephony and utility markets. TVC provides services for FTTx networks that include designing systems, project planning and custom cutting of fiber optic cable and can develop any customized solutions a project requires. The company’s brands include MaxCell, a flexible, multicelled fabric innerduct system designed for the network construction industry. Compared with rigid innerduct, the MaxCell solution enables network owners and builders to increase cable density by as much as 300 percent. This increases space, reduces costs and allows overlay without breaking new ground. MaxSpace is a no-dig conduit space recovery solution designed to safely remove rigid innerduct from around active fiber cables with little to no load on the cable and no interruption of service. Last year, the company introduced MaxCell Edge, the 5G version of MaxCell, whose patented fabric design reduces cable pulling tension by up to 20 percent.

Vantage Point Solutions

www.vantagepnt.com
+1 (605) 995-1777

Key Products: Broadband engineering and consulting services, including feasibility studies and network design, engineering, and deployment
Summary: Vantage Point Solutions (VPS) believes that better broadband means better lives. Based in Mitchell, South Dakota, VPS provides engineering and consulting services to wireless and wireline broadband providers to help them deliver on that promise. Vantage Point’s professional engineering capabilities, financial and technical expertise and extensive regulatory knowledge enable it to design advanced, economically viable solutions customized for each client. With more than 250 employees and hundreds of clients across the country and internationally, VPS has great depth and breadth of expertise, which allow it to help clients at nearly every step of broadband network development and operation, from concept to cutover and beyond. Services include feasibility studies; network design, engineering, and deployment; regulatory advice; financial and business analysis; municipal code review and development; and network maintenance and security.

Verizon Communications / Verizon Enhanced Communities

www.verizon.com / communities.verizon.com

Key Products: Internet, video and digital voice services
Summary: Verizon delivers broadband and other communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and the largest FTTH provider in the United States, it provides converged communications, information and entertainment services in the United States and integrated business solutions in more than 150 countries. In 2017, revenue for Fios, Verizon’s FTTH network, grew to $11.7 billion; at the end of 2017, Fios had 5.9 million internet subscribers and 4.6 million video subscribers. Verizon continues to add new Fios customers in its existing footprint, including in Boston, where it launched Fios in 2016. Fios Gigabit Connection, the company’s flagship broadband service, offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 880 Mbps, and Fios Multi-Room DVR (formerly Quantum TV) offers the ability to record up to 12 shows at the same time and up to 200 hours of HD recording capacity. It includes the Fios TV app and a hands-free, voice control option with an Alexaenabled device. Verizon Enhanced Communities works with property owners, property managers and businesses to serve multifamily residential, multitenant commercial and mixed-use communities with high-bandwidth internet, TV and phone services. A Dow 30 company with almost $126 billion in 2016 revenues, Verizon employs 155,000 people worldwide.

NETWORK DEPLOYERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS

Vermeer Corporation

www.vermeer.com
+1 (641) 628-3141 / +1 (888) 837-6337

Key Products: Horizontal directional drilling equipment; utility and pedestrian trenchers and plows
Summary: Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, and selling worldwide, Vermeer manufactures underground installation equipment. Its involvement in fiber optic installation began in 1991 with the launch of its Navigator horizontal directionaldrill product line. Vermeer HDD products can install communications lines underground without excavating or trenching, minimizing environmental disruption and helping reduce labor costs in fiber deployments. In 2010, Vermeer introduced a microtrenching system that allows installation of fiber lines into a roadway in one quick, efficient pass. Recent introductions include the S3 generation of directional drills, whose speed, simplicity and quietness are trademarks of the product line, and the tiny SPX25 remote-controlled vibratory plow, which is used for installing small pipes and cables at depths up to 12 inches and for boring underneath driveways and sidewalks using an optional attachment. Privately owned, Vermeer was founded in 1948.

VIAVI Solutions

www.viavisolutions.com
+1 (408) 404-3600

Key Products: Field and lab broadband test equipment, network monitoring systems, network performance monitoring, diagnostic services 
Summary: Formed in 2015 when JDSU split into two companies, VIAVI Solutions has nearly 100 years of experience in network testing and assurance. VIAVI provides testing, assurance and optimization solutions for broadband communications service providers, cable operators, mobile service providers, network equipment manufacturers, contractors and enterprises. The company’s network optimization and communications test tools for fiber, wireless, virtual and wireline networks are designed to optimize connectivity, quality of experience and profitability. VIAVI offers installation and service measurement for all gigabit internet technologies, including GPON, DOCSIS 3.1, HFC, G.fast and Wi-Fi. The company claims numerous firsts in this category, such as the industry’s first 400 Gb test platform, and it works with the world’s top broadband service providers. This spring, VIAVI purchased Cobham’s test and measurement business, expanding its position in 5G testing. It also opened a new research center in Budapest. For fiscal 2017, which ended July 1, 2017, VIAVI reported net revenue of $811 million. VIAVI is based in Milpitas, California.

FTTH CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT

Walker and Associates

www.walkerfirst.com
+1 (800) 925-5371

Key Products: Products and services for deploying communications networks
Summary: Walker and Associates is a national distributor of networking products for broadband providers, including wireline, wireless, and CATV, and has supported government and enterprise network operators for nearly 50 years. The company sources products from more than 300 suppliers, facilitating carriers’ delivery of high-speed internet, video, data and voice services to residential, business and mobile users. Walker supports technology solutions such as switching, routing, Wi-Fi, microwave, NFV, Carrier Ethernet, VoIP, WDM, ROADM, packet optical networking, SDN, GPON, active Ethernet, fixed wireless, DSL and more. Walker’s certified product engineering, kitting, testing, installation, systems integration and managed services simplify network deployment, and the company helps network designers make product selection decisions for optimum network performance, scale and operating cost. Products include fiber and copper connectivity, power systems, indoor and outdoor enclosures, and outside-plant products. Walker also offers marketing, sales, logistical and technical support services for manufacturers, reaching 10 telecommunications submarkets and more than 1,200 domestic customers. In the past year, keeping pace with the markets it serves, Walker invested in additional technical resources and tripled its NFV lab capacity. To meet customer requirements for bulk fiber, the company increased its fiber cable supply yard and its capacity for custom-cut cable requests. Based in Welcome, North Carolina, with 155 employees, Walker is ISO 9001/2015 quality certified and is a certified women-owned corporation.

“With next-generation PON technologies such as NG-PON2 delivering 10 gigabit speeds and beyond to each customer premises, service providers will focus on optimizing their network performance and efficiency while monetizing their FTTH network investments through the exploding smart-home opportunity.”
– Carl Meyerhoefer, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing, Calix

Zyxel Communications

www.zyxel.com
+1 (714) 632-0882 / +1 (800) 255-4101

Key Products: FTTH/FTTN solutions, including GPON, XGS-PON and NG-PON2 gateways; G.fast CPE; mesh Wi-Fi systems; Ethernet switches
Summary: Zyxel, a pioneer in IP technology for more than 29 years, provides a portfolio of multiservice LTE, fiber and DSL broadband gateways; home connectivity solutions; smart home devices; enterprise-class Ethernet switches; and security and Wi-Fi equipment for small to midsize businesses. Recent Zyxel solutions for FTTH and FTTN include mesh Wi-Fi systems for whole-home Wi-Fi, XGS-PON and NG-PON2 residential gateways with built-in 802.11ax Wi-Fi and 10G Ethernet ports, and G.fast customer-premises equipment. Zyxel’s network solutions are integrated, interoperable and based on open standards. Zyxel’s worldwide headquarters is in Hsinchu, Taiwan. With 90 employees, Zyxel offers logistical, sales and technical support in the North American market through a team of local professionals.

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