Santa Fe Regional Telecom

For more information, contact:

Juan E. Torres
Economic Development Specialist
City of Santa Fe

Tel: 505-955-6607

Santa Fe e-Cequia Executive Summary 
June 2010 - PDF Version

Executive Summary

The Santa Fe e-Cequia project is a comprehensive solution to the present and future broadband needs of the City and County residents designed for communities and users to access high speed service both within the area and extending to the broader region. The project has been defined with the following components: (a) implementation of a city wide fiber optic infrastructure utilizing a 144 fiber strand backbone that would provide the foundation for broadband service connection to 106 community anchor institutions, (b) establishment of 10 interconnections and links to the REDI regional network, telecommunications networks, and other service providers to permit regional access to and from the e Cequia network, and (c) provision of an open network base for extension of cost effective direct last mile service delivery for 295 commercial and residential users of high speed broadband in the community, in the initial phase. Indirectly, the e Cequia network establishes the foundation for extension of broadband coverage from wired and wireless providers to thousands of end users now unable to access broadband or basic internet connections.

Our proposal endeavors to build a fiber optic network primarily by utilizing existing conduit under City and County right of ways and through pole attachment agreements with PNM. Any new build, trenching, digging or construction required for this project will also be locate on City and County right of ways. Our proposal does not involve the construction of any communications towers.

Operating Model:
Santa Fe e Cequia s operating model is based on an open fiber approach, meaning the network inherently supports sharing the infrastructure amongst many agencies and end users, while providing an open interface to any qualified service provider to connect to the network for delivering competitive telecommunications services offerings on a fair and equal basis. The infrastructure architecture is based on a Gigabit Ethernet (GIGE) style network for creating the metro area fiber optic ring, which will deliver a 1 Gigabit per second network interface to every facility connected to the network, and easily support future expansion to 10 Gigabits per second. e Cequia will provide access to service providers under competitively neutral conditions. Service providers consist of any qualifying legal entity that provides voice, video, and/or data and services such as wireless, energy management, distance learning and telemedicine. This benefits: 1) service providers who can reach a larger customer base and sell their services without incurring capital costs; and 2) customers who will have access to more than one service provider, resulting in a greater variety in services and lowered costs.

Fiber Design Study:
The final SFRTC Fiber Design Study was completed in May, 2008 and confirmed the feasibility of undertaking the construction of a multi tenant fiber optic infrastructure design at an estimated cost of $10M. The fiber design includes the proposed fiber routes for the core fiber ring and Phase 1 lateral extensions/building connections, the construction budget, an operating budget, project timelines and service activation schedule.

Further the study contains a pre engineering design of the proposed fiber optic infrastructure, including necessary electronics and interconnecting facilities, and an analysis of buried and aerial construction paths with running calculations.

The proposed fiber backbone provides key facilities with ultra high speed bandwidth, based on a Gigabit Ethernet design with a minimum of 100Mb of symmetrical bandwidth per user interface, for transporting professional quality telecommunication needs as required by the key facilities and anchor tenants.

In summary, the key components of the proposed fiber design budget are:

REDI Net:
On a regional scale, E Cequia is planned as an integral part of a regional fiber optic backbone known as the REDI Open Networks. These seamless networks will allow last mile service providers to reach new markets outside of their traditional service areas. It will also offer the middle mile providers themselves various options for transport. Through the REDI Open Networks, E Cequia, REDI Net and Kit Carson Electric will each have three options for transport, Windstream, 360 Networks, Qwest and potentially ENMR Plateau, rather than one. In addition, the REDI Open Networks are working together to establish a long term agreement with the University of New Mexico to use RGON fiber for transport to the Gigapop, the state s main carrier hotel, in Albuquerque. This agreement will significantly lower the operating costs for each network, making them more sustainable and profitable. The University of New Mexico has submitted a coordinated Round 2 BTOP application to upgrade the GigaPop to accommodate traffic from the REDI Open Networks and others providers.

Phase 1

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