Internet connectivity is being treated as a fourth utility, requiring the same weight as a community’s need for reliable water, gas and electricity
A neighbourhood in Fort Worth Texas is being developed with the fastest residential fibre network in the US, boasting internet speeds of 10Gb. Developed by Republic Property Group, Walsh is being designed as a 7,200-acre neighbourhood and a centre of innovation for Texas and the country.
Open networking solutions provider Adtran is helping to lay the foundations to build and connect smart cities and micro-communities across the US as part of its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives programme. Walsh, West of downtown Fort Worth and the largest development underway in the US, is one of the first examples of a micro-community. It will feature more than 15,000 homes and a community of 50,000 residents.
The infrastructure and connectivity for the community has been designed by Frog, a next-generation technology and internet provider.
“Our goal is for Walsh to become a new centre of innovation for Texas and the nation. To deliver on that vision, Frog assembled a team on the forefront of infrastructure development that could imagine and design technology solutions at Walsh that treat internet connectivity as a fourth utility, requiring the same weight as a community’s need for reliable water, gas and electricity,” said Tony Ruggeri, co-CEO of Republic Property Group.
He added: “Adtran’s industry-leading hardware plays a critical role in enabling us to build and implement a flexible, scalable network that will support advances in technology far into the future, while also delivering 10Gig internet speeds to Walsh residents and businesses today.”
By the year 2020, Gartner predicts 1.1 billion connected things are expected to be used by smart cities. Additionally, the FTTH Council cites a 3.1 per cent increase in property value for homes with access to high-speed fibre broadband, as well as a 1.1 per cent increase in the gross domestic product (GDP) of the community as a whole.
For these reasons and more, both micro-communities and smart cities are proactively laying the connectivity infrastructure that will continue to meet and exceed broadband needs today and in the future.
Among the first to benefit from 10Gig connectivity at Walsh will be students attending a new Aledo ISD elementary school. The school, set to open for the 2017-2018 school year, will be the first of as many as eight future elementary schools located in Walsh neighbourhoods.
The schools will be in an award-winning school district that intends to support a science, technology, engineering, maths and the arts (STEAM) curriculum.
“From connected homes and autonomous cars to advanced healthcare parks and education initiatives, we are seeing a shift from providers simply delivering high-speed internet to homes, businesses, hospitals and schools,” said Mitch Fleming, vice president of carrier sales, Adtran.
“Providers are now looking to offer a more holistic connection that goes beyond providing connectivity within the four walls of an establishment, but connecting these establishments to each other.
“Service providers are recognising that scalability is key when building a connectivity infrastructure of the future enabling communities, like Walsh, to take traditional neighbourhoods to the next level.”
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