IQGeo’s recent webinar hosted in partnership with the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) explored the top 5 benefits of an optimized fiber network management solution and how operators can turn challenges into business opportunities.
Seth Straayer, Senior Solutions Engineer delves into the fundamental aspects of why you should invest in a digital fiber network management solution.
What does today's fiber network management solution look like?
When we discuss a fiber network management solution, we are referring to a set of tools, processes, and technologies designed to manage and optimize a fiber optic network efficiently and effectively. Implementing a fiber network management solution may sound tricky at first instance, however the benefits that come with having this are significant for both the efficient operation of the network and the overall success of your business. Many network solutions lack network centric architecture and all the efficient workflows that would allow your organization to get the most out of your network data. After gathering insights from IQGeo’s valued customers and leveraging our 30+ years of industry experience, we have identified the top five areas to prioritize in your fiber network management strategy.
- A digital twin of your network
- Accelerated digital planning and design
- Near-net opportunities for all
- Maximizing workflow management
- Seamless mobility
1. A digital twin for your network
In the dynamic landscape of modern telecommunications and data networks, having a digital twin of your physical network is not just a technological luxury but a strategic imperative. A collaborative view provided by a digital counterpart can ensure operational effectiveness and meaningful reporting, transforming the way you manage and understand your fiber optic networks.
The commitment to incorporating a robust fiber network management system into daily operations is also vital. As the saying goes, the more you invest in your management system, the greater value you reap. This shared commitment becomes a point of pride and ownership among stakeholders, fostering a collective understanding of the vital role of network data and how best capitalize on this valuable asset.
A well-designed fiber network management system, adaptable to changing needs and workflow efficiencies, provides organizations with valuable insights and situational awareness. This adaptability is a cornerstone of change management, ensuring organizational agility in response to evolving operational requirements and outage response.
In fault management, a comprehensive fiber network solution goes far beyond simple fault identification. Seamless integration with trace or remote fiber test systems allows for swift fault isolation, understanding their impact on services and customers, and provides the ability to mitigate revenue loss due to service interruptions.
In addition, a fiber management system not only strengthens Service Level Agreement (SLA) assurance by providing impactful network disruption analysis and facilitating a proactive outage prevention approach but also plays a vital role in sales enablement, offering an accurate geographical view for strategic selling.
Moreover, this system extends beyond operational benefits, contributing to vulnerability analysis, market valuation, and regulatory reporting. It becomes an invaluable asset by preserving network knowledge, increasing data visibility across the organization, and offering a strategic advantage in navigating the complexities of the modern digital landscape. In essence, investing purposefully in a fiber network management system is an investment in the resilience, efficiency, and strategic growth of your organization.
2. Accelerated digital fiber planning and design
Accelerated digital planning and design in today's landscape requires a tailored approach that recognizes the uniqueness of each fiber network. Organization-specific standards play a pivotal role in informing design decisions, considering both material and labor costs. As every network encompasses distinct workflows and uses varied products in the field, a robust fiber network management system should provide application adaptability. This adaptability not only accommodates diverse workflows but also enhances the system's optimization, making it more targeted and efficient.
During the webinar, nearly 50% of the audience said that planning and design was the area that takes up most time when managing their fiber networks. Having a comprehensive and integrated planning and design process to streamline operations within a single application is crucial. IQGeo Network Manager Telecom, for instance, supports design modeling and facilitates the seamless execution of additions, modifications, and decommissions. This unified approach allows for the collection of network data from any location at any time, spanning from pre-construction surveys to post-construction activities. The consolidation of data within a singular platform proves immensely valuable, providing a centralized repository for efficient management.
The system's capability to summarize project costs is also an essential feature. It enables a comparative analysis between the initial plan and design estimate versus the actual construction, allowing for a thorough refinement of operational labor and material costs. This iterative process of data collection, consolidation, and analysis not only accelerates the planning and design phase but also ensures a more accurate and agile response to evolving project requirements.
3. Near-net opportunities for all
While unlocking commercial near-net opportunities is fundamental to the growth of your network, over 40% of the webinar attendees said the biggest challenges with marketing and selling their network was the slow and manual processes to produce sales quotes.
IQGeo provides a solution that allows organizations to target and prioritize growth opportunities, producing connection quotes in a matter of seconds. Addressing the biggest challenges in monetizing your networks, IQGeo’s solutions automate and dramatically accelerate the slow, manual process of producing sales quotes and cut the dependence on expensive engineering time and costs.
One key component of near-net analysis is the creation of a spatial record, enabling the provision of geographical information to visualize the available fiber and customers in a target area. This spatial awareness empowers organizations to confidently build an informed business case that leverages location-based insights across their expanding network. IQGeo users commonly run reports to determine which customers can be easily and cost-effectively served as their network grows.
Having a fiber network management system facilitates opportunity qualification by employing detailed engineering qualifications for the assessment process. Through capacity evaluation, it checks whether the existing network can support new customers. Customer ranking based on business bands and clustered results that identify shared costs on common routes and existing assets further enhance decision-making.
4. Maximizing workflow management
Efficient workflow management is at the heart of streamlined operations. In the process of communicating intricate fiber network design details to construction teams, project management plays a crucial role, encompassing everything related to construction. IQGeo's Integrated Network solution facilitates the seamless creation and review of this, whether automatically generated or entered manually, it ensures a structured and transparent communication process.
Within the realm of construction management, project management, inspections, and surveys, IQGeo offers end-to-end oversight. The solution serves as a centralized hub for manual and automated ticketing, enabling project stakeholders to monitor progress effectively. The integration of geospatial network intelligence enhances the entire workflow, contributing to a more informed decision-making process.
A notable aspect of IQGeo's software is its widespread use by 80% of customers for accurately documenting fiber infrastructure. It’s a vital tool for communicating and assigning tasks which is essential to the success of any process workflow. By providing a single unified solution for construction-related processes, IQGeo empowers organizations to enhance communication, streamline task management, and achieve efficient progress reporting. In essence, having a fiber network management solution is not just about managing tasks; it's about revolutionizing the way information is communicated and managed throughout the entire network lifecycle.
5. Seamless network lifecycle management
An optimized fiber network management solution goes beyond enhancing operational efficiency and streamlined workflows. It becomes a catalyst for strategic decision-making and improved service level agreement assurance. Businesses adopting the solution can expect immediate benefits such as accelerated project planning and design, unlocking near-net opportunities, and proactive fault management, but will also benefit from longer-term advantages that include strategic growth and seamless mobility. This comprehensive approach empowers businesses with the resilience and adaptability needed to thrive in the dynamic landscape of modern telecommunications and data networks.
Webinar - Top 5 benefits of an optimized fiber network management solution
To learn more about some of the topics discussed, check out the webinar that we hosted in partnership with the Fiber Broadband Association.
Choosing the right fiber network management software
IQGeo has recently launched three new editions of our fiber network management software. The new Insight, Professional and Enterprise editions are designed to bring flexibility and scalability to fiber operators of any size and scope. Most importantly, we offer operators a partner that can grow alongside them, understanding their business needs.
Discover more about the benefits of Network Manager Telecom and take your fiber planning and network management to a new level of efficiency that enables you to rapidly deploy and manage your fiber networks.