2 May 2003 Spokane, WA --Tylite, Inc., a Pacific Northwest company that architects high-speed broadband fiber networks, is offering a royalty-free license to its Enduring Fiber to the home Network (EFNTM) technology. The company also offers an online financial modeling tool for cost estimating.
Tylite's focus is enabling small cities to provide broadband fiber networks to residents, businesses, educational institutions, health care organizations, government, and other local users. Tylite's network designs may include wireless technologies, as well as fiber, offering communities an array of options not readily available through conventional network implementations.
Community leaders across the United States are chartered to provide essential core services to their constituencies. And while these services typically include power, sewer, roads, and water, Tylite believes these services will also include broadband communication services in the future.
By providing economic differentiators that attract and retain businesses and residents, cities can expand their revenue bases. A community-wide broadband network has been proven to attract new technology businesses, enable increased levels of high-speed communication, offer distance learning opportunities for all educational levels, and provide work-from-home alternatives for commuters.
Tylite's network design leverages standard LAN techniques and topologies, decreasing component costs and minimizing network training requirements for systems management. These designs are tailored to community and end-user needs, and reflect dramatic price/performance benefits over conventional network architectures, the company claims. Tylite will license design details to interested parties on a royalty-free basis. Licensed networks must be EFNTM certified. The network provides at least 100 Mbits/sec to every client and can provide video and phone service as well.
"Tylite's financing approach allows communities to choose a preferred level of investment and involvement to fund an EFNTM," said Terry Holm, acting CFO of Tylite. "The customer can choose to begin their project with a closed network and move to open access over time -- thus requiring a lower capital investment upfront. As revenue levels increase, the community can open access to their network to other service providers."
The online cost estimator (www.tylite.com/estimator.html) can be used by city administrators to quickly estimate the cost of implementing an EFNTM broadband network. The estimator is conservative and the network will be less expensive when actually designed, Tylite claims.