We don't hear very much about the fiber activities of the largest cable companies, so it was nice to see Time Warner Cable Business Class offer details on its recent buildout in Southern California. They have put $120M into their network in the greater LA metro area, building some 16 fiber rings containing 360,000 fiber miles. By anyone's measure that is a major investment, and Time Warner says it will allow them to serve an additional 125,000 businesses. Where do those rings go? According to the PR, it is parts of the following areas:
- San Fernando Valley (Chatsworth, Van Nuys)
- San Gabriel Valley (Hacienda Heights, La Mirada)
- Orange County (Costa Mesa, Cypress, Tustin)
- Inland Empire (Ontario, Pomona, Fontana, Corona)
- West Los Angeles (Santa Monica)
- Downtown Los Angeles
- South Bay (Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach).
Now all I need is a fiber map. Well, it would do for a start anyway - the same goes for Comcast Business and Cox Business. Each of these guys has been making major efforts in the fiber-to-the-enterprise space, and I'd love to help them chronicle it! So far though, details of the metro fiber business from cable MSOs come mainly from Cablevision's independently operated Optimum Lightpath division.
One problem area though is that for those leveraging hybrid fiber-coax buildouts, the definition of on-net building as I generally have used it tends to get blurred depending on where the fiber stops, and therefore the statistics I generally collect don't apply in the same manner. However, this is a problem I'd love to find a way to address if there were some numbers I could start with. It can be done though...
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