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Feb 24, 2021 1:03:42 PM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Utility Telecom Networks

Matching your network management system with your fiber future

Bringing your physical plant into the digital age

Industry experts agree data governance is necessary to move communication service providers into using their outside plant data for business decisions. The data management strategy must help recognize the value of assets, while allowing for the establishment of policies to ensure data quality, consistency, and availability.1  In turn, the network management system must allow for the implementation and maintenance of this strategy to advance the business.

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Jan 21, 2021 8:00:00 AM
  • Fiber network management

Service Providers are adapting to meet today’s information needs

Kyle Siniard, VP of Technology for 3-GIS, outlines an innovative business process framework for service providers and their engineering vendors that deliver in real-time the network data to activate services faster. 

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Jan 4, 2021 10:28:30 AM
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SSP Announces 4th Acquisition: 3-GIS

Skye Perry, SSP Innovations
Dustin Sutton and Tom Counts, 3-GIS 
SSP Innovations, along with our financial partner, Warren Equity, has been active in the M&A space over the last several years focused on adding competency to our company around our key utility and telecom verticals. This trend has continued into 2020 and we are truly excited to announce that on December 23rd, 2020, SSP Innovations closed a deal to fully acquire 3-GIS thus adding the company’s industry-leading telecom products, people, and customers to SSP’s portfolio.

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Aug 21, 2020 3:20:16 PM
  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network design and automation
  • Telecom technologies

Unleashing the power of configuration

Streamlined, efficient business operations is a top goal for telecom organizations around the world. Effective network management systems  fit your unique business environment and allow your team to get up and running quickly, reduce swivel-chair turns, eliminate bandaid workarounds, and decrease operational delays. The key to reaping these benefits? Using your configuration control to unleash the power of the application.

We sat down with Greg Connors, now Technical Product Manager at 3-GIS, but former Technical Lead at Level 3 Communications and longtime GIS specialist, to ask him about his experience with different systems with varying degrees of configurability. Check out what Greg has to say:

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Jul 23, 2020 1:12:37 PM
  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network design and automation
  • Telecom technologies

Using automation to uplevel the accuracy & speed of network deployment

The increasing pace of developing new network technologies means that network providers, managers, and engineers need to document and manage new and complex information, but methods for meeting these needs have yet to be addressed in most existing network management systems. 3-GIS takes the next step in physical network management providing solutions that create and maintain high veracity OSP data that can be leveraged throughout the service providers’ business and operational ecosystems.

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Jul 20, 2020 1:25:37 PM
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  • Esri
  • Telecom technologies

Esri UC 2020: What we (verb)ed

Last week many of our team members attended the virtual Esri User Conference. In an effort to spread the wealth of knowledge, and frankly, to see how well everyone adjusted to an all virtual conference, we asked them to let us know about their experience at the sessions they attended and the conference as a whole. Check out a few of their favorite findings, remaining questions, and curiosities below:

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Jun 29, 2020 5:10:10 PM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network design and automation

Five lessons learned in the permitting process

We’re running the risk of stating the obvious here -- reliable internet access is essential. We’ve all had the opportunity to learn this first hand throughout the COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place orders. If you’re a telecom engineering firm, you’ve likely felt the urgency to deploy even more fiber even faster because of the pressure being applied to current networks around the world.

But deploying a fiber network is complex and protracted. From planning to design to permitting, it can take what feels like an eternity just to make it to the construction phase. 

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May 11, 2020 7:02:00 AM
  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation
  • Telecom technologies

Enabling network deployment at velocity: GIS more than network mapping

The year was 1994 and at the time I had visions of saving the planet. I was determined to enter into an environmental profession and my Alma Mater had only one program that resonated, Environment Science and GIS. As I progressed through the program I learned to not only understand the meaning of GIS but also began to appreciate the power of the technology. After graduating, I worked with an environment engineering firm evaluating the efficacy of GIS technology for business providing utility services. It was the utility companies that were migrating networks consisting of water, gas and electric from CAD based solutions to GIS based solutions. 

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