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Jul 18, 2019 3:12:42 PM
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  • Esri
  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation
  • Fiber network industry and markets

Esri puts the spotlight on 3-GIS

As winner of Esri’s Expanding to the Cloud award 3-GIS was featured in an Esri Spotlight video. Watch to hear CEO Tom Count’s take on how fiber will change our everyday lives and how 3-GIS is leading the way for faster fiber deployments and better network management.

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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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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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Aug 22, 2018 10:47:54 AM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation
  • Telecom technologies

Fearless fiber

Designing, building and managing fiber networks can be an intimidating job, especially for organizations just getting started with fiber. While fiber networks may seem complex they play an important role in economic development. 3-GIS can take the complexity out of fiber management and design. At the 2018 TVPPA Expo in Chattanooga 3-GIS’s CEO, Tom Counts, gave a presentation on how to get fiber projects to your community faster. 

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Aug 9, 2018 8:50:26 AM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network design and automation

How to build a framework for changing your engineering workflow and adopting machine-prescribed designs

Simply put, change is hard. In a business environment with customer requirements for faster deployments and reduced costs, along with more complex technologies and hardened available staff, the path to change seems inconceivable.  Yet, survival requires change. 3-GIS | Prospector planning and design applications can deliver the change you desire, and will address speed, costs, complexity, and resource issues. To help you make the change, we are sharing the six steps we have learned from experience implementing a human-in-the-loop network engineering process that combines 3-GIS | Prospector with network design engineers.

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