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Aug 16, 2022 8:30:00 AM
  • Fiber network management

Stop the status quo: Rethink your fiber network management strategy

Here is a conundrum: if fiber technology is ever-changing, why would you ever embrace the status quo for your long-term fiber network deployment and management strategy?

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Nov 5, 2021 3:25:39 PM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Data integrity

Three simple considerations to promote fiber network data integrity

It may come as little surprise that communications service providers (CSPs) have experienced increases in operational efficiency by transforming their fiber records from paper and disparate digital files to fiber management specific programs and applications. In the Digital Transformation Tracker 5 report published in 2021 by TM Forum nearly “40% of CSP executives said they are well along the road and reaping significant benefits from [digital] transformation.” (1)

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Jun 22, 2021 11:17:27 AM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Telecom technologies
  • GIS
  • Podcast

The value of GIS in the telecom enterprise

Telecommunications is one of the fastest-growing GIS markets in the world.  So fast, in fact, it has a forecasted compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.0% from 2021-2026. A large part of this growth is due to the need for stakeholders to understand the network structure on a near real-time basis.

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Apr 30, 2021 7:43:45 AM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network industry and markets

SSP easily starts your change to better network management with 3-GIS

Schneider Electric’s Fiber Manager was first introduced as a product about twelve years ago.  Since the original version, it has been enhanced to offer multiplexing and enhanced circuit management, but overall, the user interfaces and experiences are basically the same as when first introduced.  

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Apr 27, 2021 10:55:48 AM
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  • Fiber network management
  • API

APIs: ditching swivel chairs and embracing interoperability

APIs are continuing to shatter the past misconception that they are exclusively for the tech giants. Harvard Business Review1 emphasizes that APIs can enhance operations for small to midsize companies of all industries; a point further proven by the 24,000 APIs listed in Programmable Web’s API directory2 in April 2021, a stark increase from the 12,000 offered in 2015.1 With the growing popularity and availability of APIs, CSPs may become increasingly interested in the suitability of API integration in daily operations. However, equally important to deconstructing API suitability, is understanding how using APIs in conjunction with your network management system can boost your bottom line. 

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Mar 26, 2021 3:54:56 PM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Fiber network management
  • Fiber network design and automation
  • RDOF

5 reasons asset management system is needed for RDOF fiber deployment

While there are many challenges that arise during any fiber optic deployment, construction and reporting requirements and deploying fiber in rural areas bring some unique challenges to RDOF projects. One of the most important actions that you can take to meet these challenges is to invest in an asset management system that can meet your current needs and scale with your changing business operations. 

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Mar 12, 2021 1:14:18 PM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Press

3-GIS Alignment with the Esri Utility Network in 2021

When SSP announced the acquisition of 3-GIS in January, one of the key identified synergies was to bring SSP’s market leadership around the Esri utility network to the 3-GIS line of telecom products. Prior to the era of the utility network, 3-GIS’s products were already built using cutting-edge web-based technology and were not tied to the legacy geometric network. This allowed 3-GIS to create an extremely scalable and performant outside plant management (OSP) system while allowing any user to access the connected model via a web browser.

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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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