Can a Metropolitan Fiber to 10 Gbps Network Revived a City?

The answer seems to be affirmative if one pays attention to what has happened in Chattanooga, in the United States: the Mayor of this city, Andy Berke, attributed the revival of the economy and the quality of life in this city to starting up a 10 Gbps fiber network.

Berke explained how in three years the unemployment rate has come down from the 7.8 to 4.1% -enviable – and salaries have been rising: ultrafast fiber network has attracted investment and new industry, with the presence of factories as Volkswagen and a series of new technologies companies.

Broadband as a stimulus of the economy and society

Chattanooga (with 173,000 inhabitants) developed this fiber network in 2010 with a budget of $ 330 million, and outcomes is have been demonstrated both directly and indirectly. This network, said Berke, “it has changed our conception of who we are and what is possible. Before we had never regarded us as a technological city”.

This fiber network has made that night to the morning accelerators appear startups like Gigtank and technological events begin to be frequent in a city that attracts all these developments thanks to the high-speed network. This network of fiber is in fact an argument of sale and rent for offices and apartments in the very centre of the city, its downtown, which has also grown in demand and population.

In our country there are no initiatives of these dimensions, but several municipalities and towns they have striven to have municipal fiber deployments. One of the best-known cases is that of Centelles, a small town that manages its own fiber optic network, but there are also more recent cases such as Mijas, which soon will be a network that will reach every household in this town with almost 80,000 inhabitants.