A new report from Navigant Research examines the revenue streams that private fiber optic networks can offer utilities and how smart grid networks and applications can be optimized. The report, Building the Fiber Backbone for Utility Needs Today and Tomorrow, provides an overview of why utilities should carefully consider building a private fiber network — or leasing local capacity — despite its relatively high costs.
It also describes the multiple revenue streams that a private fiber network can enable and how smart grid networks and applications can be optimized.
Navigant Research recommends utilities be proactive in developing a future-proof, fiber networking strategy by forming partnerships with neighboring utilities, considering a retail broadband strategy, and preparing for competition from incumbent providers. The report also describes the utelco business model and includes case studies of various utility fiber projects.
An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.