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Feb 25, 2020 2:59:25 PM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Telecom technologies

Much ado about copper

While fiber is considered the future, copper is still very much a part of the present and will continue to play a key role in providing connectivity. Many of today’s providers are struggling with maintaining forward thinking and relevant management systems that consider their existing assets while also allowing for the flexibility in gaining a competitive advantage by deploying newer technologies. 3-GIS | Network Solutions has historically provided tools to manage fiber network assets including conduit, structures, and conventional and blown fiber within a single configurable interface. 

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Jan 16, 2020 10:08:22 AM
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  • Fiber network design and automation
  • Telecom technologies

Avoiding fiber deployment roadblocks in the utility market

Fiber networks are the future for utility companies and co-ops to bring new services to their market. Getting these networks deployed with accurate data to successfully avoid costly deployment roadblocks that could lead to insufficient reports, time loss, and operational frustrations is key to bringing network services to their customers faster and achieving better business operating results. So, what are the possible problems and obstructions utilities could encounter? And what tools are available to help prevent them from disrupting their deployment efforts?

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Oct 9, 2019 10:14:05 AM
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  • Fiber network design and automation
  • Telecom technologies

ML/AI for the digitized physical layer

Why digitize the physical layer?

Deploying new infrastructure - from fiber cable laterals to new active equipment - is fundamental for 5G network readiness and network transformation. As the number of connected devices increases, so does the complexity of asset management. Layer “zero” transformation is more than using digitization and geolocation, and maintaining the connectivity of the assets; it involves applying Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) about the assets and situational data

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Sep 17, 2019 3:15:07 PM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Telecom technologies

2024 will be here soon. Is your company ready for change?

End of an era

In 2018, Ericsson (ERIC) announced the end-of-life for its physical network inventory system, a widely known GIS for managing telecommunications networks, Network Engineer. This, coupled with ESRI’s official retirement of 10.6.x Desktop, has left Network Engineer customers hanging on for solutions to take them into the future of network management. Many companies who currently have Network Engineer are looking to replace it with a contemporary ESRI solution - ArcGIS Pro and thin client browser-based ArcGIS Server solutions seem to be the crowd favorites.

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Dec 19, 2018 2:23:09 PM
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  • 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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Oct 17, 2018 10:00:29 AM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Telecom technologies

Bringing fiber to the city: cable de-coring

Are you ready for another new fiber deployment method? We’ve been focusing on technologies and methods being developed for fiber network densification projects in preparation for 5G, IoT, Smart Cities, and more. Thus far, we’ve touched on micro-trenching, and 200µm fiber and collapsible ribbon. This week’s topic: cable de-coring.

Getting permits approved. Rerouting traffic. Interrupting pedestrians. Digging up and repaving roads. It all sounds fun right? Not so much. 

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Oct 8, 2018 11:21:58 AM
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  • Fiber network management
  • Telecom technologies

Get off to a fast start using 3-GIS

3-GIS can remove the complexity from fiber network management and add efficiency to your day-to-day operations. You will realize the value of 3-GIS as soon as your operations teams begin using it to work on the network. But changing management systems can be intimidating, even when you know the end result will be positive. 3-GIS has processes and resources in place that make getting started with our solution fast and easy. Here are 4 steps you can take that will help you realize the benefits of 3-GIS even faster:

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Oct 3, 2018 8:11:00 AM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Telecom technologies

Bringing fiber to the city: 200µm fiber and collapsible ribbon

This series is centered around technologies and methods being developed for network densification projects as communities across the world prepare for the 5G revolution. This push for higher speeds and lower latency has driven the creation and implementation of many new technologies and construction trends that will allow for easier deployment of fiber networks. The first trend we discussed was the use of micro-trenching in infrastructure construction. If you missed that post, you can read it here. This week, we’ll discuss the use of collapsible ribbon and 200µm cables.

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