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Apr 29, 2024 8:00:00 PM
  • Digital transformation
  • Communications service providers
  • Fiber deployment

Accelerating 5G deployment: A fiber rollout success story

The telecommunications industry is marked by fierce competition, especially as service providers worldwide strive to establish themselves as 5G front runners. For one major telecommunications company, the journey to implement 5G was riddled with a significant obstacle: the necessity to lay down 2,000 route miles of fiber each month to adhere to their ambitious rollout targets. However, their existing systems posed a severe constraint, yielding a meager output of merely 200 to 300 route miles monthly. Faced with this stark reality, it became evident that a shift was imperative if they were to keep stride with the relentless demands of the industry.

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Apr 22, 2024 8:00:00 AM
  • Telecom technologies
  • GIS
  • Fiber deployment

The evolving role of GIS in telecom

Today’s Geographic Information System (GIS) goes beyond mere mapping; it plays a crucial role in enhancing business operations overall. In telecom, the integration of GIS into network operations has become increasingly essential—evolving from simple asset tracking to influencing business strategy. But what’s driving this need?

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Nov 13, 2023 5:07:13 PM
  • Fiber network management
  • Telecom technologies
  • GIS
  • Fiber deployment

Leveraging GIS for environmental sustainability: Reducing impacts and costs

Businesses globally are striving to reduce their ecological footprint and optimize resources, and telecom network operators are no exception.1 However, in today’s rapidly changing landscape, it can be especially difficult to deploy optimal networks in a timely manner that also account for varying environmental factors including avoiding hazards, protecting biodiversity, and minimizing impact. By integrating geographic information systems (GIS) into their processes, telcos can make more informed decisions by synthesizing and visualizing complex data in a spatial context.

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Oct 30, 2023 8:00:00 AM
  • Telecom technologies
  • GIS
  • Communications service providers
  • 3-GIS | Web
  • Fiber deployment

Navigating the network lifecycle: Open for sale

After planning, engineering, field verification, and construction, it was finally time to help our client open for service! Success required seamless coordination across all aspects of our operations, from marketing strategies to customer installations. 

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Oct 16, 2023 8:00:00 AM
  • Fiber network construction
  • GIS
  • Communications service providers
  • 3-GIS | Web
  • Fiber deployment

Navigating the network lifecycle: Construction

Once we traversed the realms of planning, engineering, and field verification, we were ready to start construction.  This was our biggest challenge. Construction was the moment where theory met reality, and we were determined to turn our vision into tangible infrastructure. However, the path ahead was riddled with obstacles and divergent opinions, particularly when it came to meeting the needs of the contractor community and ensuring swift progress. 

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Sep 15, 2023 4:46:07 PM
  • Fiber network management
  • GIS
  • Communications service providers
  • Fiber deployment

Navigating the network lifecycle: Field verification

The network lifecycle is a complex and interconnected process, with each step building upon the previous one. We've explored the planning and engineering phases, uncovering the challenges and strategies involved in our endeavor to support The West Coast Company (WCC) in their nationwide fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) buildout. Now it's time to dive into field verification.

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Sep 5, 2023 3:19:28 PM
  • Fiber network management
  • GIS
  • Communications service providers
  • Fiber deployment

Navigating the network lifecycle: Engineering

Welcome to part three of our blog series detailing the highs and lows of the network lifecycle. In the first installment, I shared my experiences supporting a nationwide fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) buildout with the West Coast Company (WCC). While, in the second installment, I dove into the significance of strategic planning. 

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Aug 4, 2023 4:35:08 PM
  • Fiber network management
  • GIS
  • Communications service providers
  • Fiber deployment

Navigating the network lifecycle: Planning

Welcome back to our blog series on the journey of building fiber networks from the ground up. In the first installment, I shared the whirlwind beginning of our endeavor to support The West Coast Company (WCC) in their nationwide fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) buildout. Today, we delve into a critical phase of the network lifecycle: planning.

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