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Apr 30, 2019 7:51:41 AM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation

End-to-end economics of digitizing the outside plant

In the context of digital transformation, data management of conduits, strands, poles, manholes, and other elements of the outside plant have not typically been part of the discussion about the “digital network”. As network services become more dependent upon an increasingly complex network architecture, the physical network data has become more crucial for making business and operational decisions. Obtaining, documenting, and modeling the connectivity of this changing and extending network has not been easy.

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Apr 4, 2019 12:56:47 PM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation

Automated Networks ≠ Autonomous Networks

To thrive in today’s hyper-competitive market, engineering companies need to transform their own work processes to the speed and data requirements of their telecom customers. They need to guide the evolution of their work processes since they cannot uproot everything at once. There will remain a need for human subject-matter-expertise, even as companies strive to reduce costs and increase flexibility. Because of this, a question frequently being asked is how engineering companies can begin to achieve better business results while moving toward automation and getting high-value expertise from their team members?

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Mar 20, 2019 8:36:00 AM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation

Equipping your organization to manage complex networks

Telecom companies use the data about their physical network for asset management such as network utilization, availability, and risk mitigation. The nature of fiber networks, where cables of different count strands can be connected, and different services are delivered on different wavelengths has made network management systems built for copper and coax networks inadequate. So what is needed now for you equip your organization to make better, more informed decisions?

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Feb 19, 2019 9:57:27 AM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation

Management solutions for the life-of-the-network

The network is a multi-generational endeavor. It is ever changing from copper and coax to fiber and wireless. From planning and designing routes and rolling out construction crews, to operating and eventually expanding the network to accommodate new offerings, service providers are looking to streamline their view and management of all their assets at every stage of their use. To ensure they are getting the greatest value out of their network, an advanced network management system will have to be implemented. But what does it mean to have management solutions for the life-of-the-network? And how is that kind of solution established?

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Jan 15, 2019 9:25:44 AM
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  • data conversion

Overcoming data conversion fears, uncertainties and doubts

We’ve all heard it before...change is hard. The thought of something we are accustomed to being revised or going away altogether is a difficult one to wrap our heads around. More often than not, change is accompanied by fears, uncertainties, and doubts (FUDs) that can keep us from embracing that change, but proper procedures and proven products can help alleviate some of these concerns.

Migrating data from one system to another is definitely an area where these FUDs can appear. 

We’re going to dive deeper into some of the worries that surround the sometimes daunting task of data conversion and discuss how our team and software work together to dispel them.

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Dec 19, 2018 2:23:09 PM
Article Article
  • Fiber network industry and markets
  • Telecom technologies
  • Internet service

Restore outages faster, your reputation depends on it

Ever have to send the service interruption letter and have your PR team explain the situation to the news media? In November 2018, internet, cable tv and phone customers across 3 southeastern US states received one of these letters from their service provider. The cut fiber line left affected customers without service for nearly one full day, leaving the provider with the unenviable task of apologizing to unhappy customers.

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Nov 15, 2018 9:36:01 AM
Article Article
  • Fiber network management
  • data conversion

Preparing your network data to make migration easier

Implementing a new fiber network management system is a big undertaking for any organization. Change can be hard, but moving to a system that will bring more efficiency and cost savings to the management of your network will pay off in the long run. To make the transition go smoothly requires some planning at the beginning. Whether you choose to convert your existing network data or use the 3-GIS data team services, here are three steps we recommend for making your data migration as easy as possible:

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Nov 7, 2018 1:46:46 PM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation

The telecom data divide

A recent podcast on Telecoms.com explored the concept of “dirty data,” which might be a bit of a misnomer but in this particular case, the data referred to as  “dirty” because it is inaccurate or misleading. Below we are going to dig a little deeper into the key themes discussed in this podcast and their potential impact for managing a fiber network.

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