The Fiber Broadband Association today announced the winners of the Fiber Connect 2022 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase. The PoC Showcase featured six demonstrations from Fiber Broadband Association member companies and their partners that exemplified why fiber is the most robust, reliable, and best-suited broadband technology to close the digital divide and support innovative applications.
The Game Changer Award was awarded to Ciena, Plume, and Benu Networks for their “Supporting Cities to Get Smarter and More Connected with an Open and Scalable Residential Broadband Solution” PoC.
Together, the companies demonstrated how a city can implement a next-generation network using an open, optimized, and highly scalable cloud-based solution. The PoC supports city communication requirements to become smarter and more efficient while providing high-capacity broadband services for schools, libraries, and residences in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
“The Proof of Concept Showcase was an exciting validation of the opportunities and possibilities that fiber creates,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “Amazing things come from collaboration, so it was great to see our members and their partners come together to present the next wave of innovations that fiber can support. I congratulate the winners of this year’s showcase, and all six of the PoCs should be applauded for an excellent demonstration and job well done.”
All PoC demonstrations were evaluated live at Fiber Connect 2022 by industry analysts. The three PoC awards were presented during general sessions at the event on June 15 in Nashville, Tenn.
Synopsis of FBA release June 23, 2022