Provider Network Design: What you need to know

Offering a fast internet connection, without interference and with low latency is a mission that has been fulfilled by regional providers, which prove their excellence by growing in front of large telecommunications companies. What allows the commercial ascendancy to these regional providers is, without a doubt, a well-structured network project, carefully planned.

A successful project anticipates the existence of errors, and in the face of the smallest failures, structures are made that improve the entire project, even if a greater demand of time is necessary. A fiber optic project must contain the position of all active and passive elements, cables and hardware and a detailed description of the equipment used with illustration of the fibers in the splicing and service boxes.

Advantages of a thorough design

1 – Keeps the complete information of all optical connections and splices organized.

2 – Optimizes the capacity of network assets.

3 – Enables the correct management of assets and liabilities.

4 – Facilitation of network maintenance and future expansions.

5 – Allows you to better understand the service area, which results in customer satisfaction.

How to assemble a successful project: Recommendations

The first step will always be to carry out a field study. An allied tool at this moment can be the Google Earth, we will talk about this later. An analysis that defines the area that the provider wants to serve is essential. When deciding on an area, customers must be mapped to arrive at a real number of subscribers. It is interesting to keep in mind a percentage of streets and houses where the service will be provided. Thus, it is easier to specify the posts and definitively trace the position of cables and optical splicing and termination boxes, always considering the existing structures. After these important initial steps of spatial delimitation, it is necessary to:

Carefully familiarize yourself with the manuals provided by the suppliers.

Know the technical specifications of each device and define all the equipment that will be used in the network infrastructure.

Indicate the fiber path with knowledge of the local topology.

Mapping all fusions and network connections to minimize future failures and interruptions in service, which also allows maintenance to be safer and more accurate, that is, for the project to be successful, an optical diagram is essential.

Finally, an important step is the formulation of documentation. This is a critical stage for any IT company. The documentation, in addition to guiding the inclusion of new customers, will guide all network maintenance. Given the importance of this step, it is necessary to say that in addition to being created with care, it must be kept up to date, even if there are small changes along the way. 

Google Earth in pre-project assembly

The three-dimensional view of the globe offered by the Google Earth tool can be an important ally in the initial step of the field study. Google Earth is a practical tool, just:

Create a folder named after your project.

Create subfolders with customer information. area that appears in the project, the place of exit of the link and, if any, fibers and box.

It is necessary to position customers and create icons with the number of customers per street.

Position the link.

Indicate all existing boxes and fibers.

Save the pre-project by right clicking on the main folder. Choose where the pre-project will be available and finish the process. It is important, in case of further doubts, to watch a tutorial of the tool.