The City of San Francisco is considering deploying its own fiber-based gigabit broadband network to replace existing contracts with service providers to eventually reduce costs and improve its ability to become a smart city.
Earlier this week, Mayor Mark Farrell released a report that estimated it would cost between $1.2 billion and $1.8 billion in one-time construction costs and between $69 million and $121 million annually to maintain a fiber optic network throughout the city. San Francisco would own the network, but contract network services out to the private sector, according to the estimate.
By implementing its own broadband infrastructure, the city could defray up to $154 million in anticipated planned and aspirational costs through fiscal year 2020-21, the report said. In the current fiscal year, San Francisco would save approximately $450,000, with up to about $1.2 million in cost savings in three years, it added.
Several government divisions weighed in on how they could use government-owned gigabit broadband network infrastructure to enhance services and/or reduce expenses. The Department of Health, for example, could use telehealth to reduce and eliminate hospital readmissions -- thereby meeting federal criteria for Medicare and Medicaid payments and increasing its funding. DPH, which monitors the prison population, could similarly use telemedicine to cut costs and would avoid deploying its own planned fiber optic cable, the report said.
Likewise, the Metropolitan Transit Authority could ramp up its use of smart traffic controls, such as lights and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it said.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!