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Tele­coms GIS: Essen­tial func­tions for today and tomor­row

By La rédaction - 5 December 2019
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Today it is diffi­cult to imagine mana­ging any tele­com­mu­ni­ca­tions network without the use of a Tele­coms GIS. Over the last few years, mapping has become an indis­pen­sable tool for opti­mi­zing the deploy­ment, opera­tion, and main­te­nance of tele­coms networks. Which GIS features are most useful for mana­ging a tele­coms network? Which ones will soon become essen­tial?

The most useful features for mana­ging a tele­coms network

In order of prio­rity, the essen­tial features of a tele­coms GIS are asset data request, mana­ge­ment of opti­cal route assi­gn­ments, and sche­ma­tic display of the network.

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Asset data request

The primary objec­tive of a tele­coms GIS is to exhaus­ti­vely inven­tory assets, leading to a very large number of objects and infor­ma­tion in the data­base. It is there­fore essen­tial to have the ability to easily request these assets so that the wealth of infor­ma­tion crea­ted and stored is acces­sible by users and not hidden in the depths of the data­base.

This command, simple and ergo­no­mic, makes it easy to create things such as attri­bute and/or topo­lo­gi­cal filters (sear­ching for mapped objects or content objects) without using SQL/Oracle language. It also allows actions to be perfor­med on the search results to export the infor­ma­tion into CSV or DXF formats, or publish object files in a special report.

Mana­ging opti­cal route assi­gn­ment

Mana­ging the assi­gn­ment of opti­cal routes gives a global over­view of all opti­cal routes tran­si­ting across the tele­coms network. As such, on an FTTH network, the succes­sion of opti­cal fibers connec­ting point A and point B can be iden­ti­fied and their status moni­to­red (free, reser­ved, assi­gned, out of service) while asso­cia­ting with it custo­mers who are already connec­ted or custo­mers who could poten­tially be connec­ted to it.

This feature is very useful when connec­ting a new custo­mer. In addi­tion, in the event of an inci­dent occur­ring to an object on the network (cables, boxes), assi­gning tele­coms routes makes it possible to instantly iden­tify affec­ted custo­mers and quickly imple­ment a reco­very stra­tegy.

Sche­ma­tic display of the tele­coms network

A sche­ma­tic display of the tele­coms network visua­lizes opti­cal routes from their node of origin through to their end node, and all objects they pass through. On an every­day basis, this navi­ga­tion is an impor­tant tool for staff in the field and for design agen­cies.

Being able to navi­gate an opti­cal route on the diagram and dyna­mi­cally consult the files of the objects traver­sed is very help­ful for users in their work. This diagram can also be sent directly to field teams respon­sible for main­tai­ning the network.


Tele­coms GIS: The essen­tial features of tomor­row

Today, the trend is towards deve­lo­ping two new key func­tions: the synchro­ni­zed import of data and upda­ting connec­tions in the field.

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Upda­ting assets by impor­ting modi­fied data

When an orga­ni­za­tion begins to deploy its fiber optics, it works with multiple parties at all project levels. Due to this, mana­ging the import of data is gene­rally quite complex, and the constant changes in data must be moni­to­red to ensure they do not inter­fere with other objects. Coor­di­na­ting all parties invol­ved in the project requires that this data is exchan­ged synchro­nously to ensure the data­base is up to date with the latest deve­lop­ments in the network.

Upda­ting connec­tions in the field

The feature would offer mobile employees the ability to carry out connec­tion-rela­ted proce­dures (patching, cabling, spli­cing) online or offline. In prac­tice, this would allow field tech­ni­cians and design engi­neers to collect and access the infor­ma­tion or even modify data directly from the field (work orders, reports). This func­tion would aid team­work and update the data­base in real-time, faci­li­ta­ting custo­mer connec­tions.


Tele­coms GIS must constantly evolve to meet the needs of both mana­gers and custo­mers. Objec­tive: faci­li­ta­ting the deploy­ment, opera­tion, and main­te­nance of tele­coms infra­struc­ture networks. More in line with the reali­ties of the field, future GIS features could make it possible to visua­lize the points to be connec­ted per FTTH zone, directly asso­ciate an exter­nal address data­base with GIS objects, or opti­mize the routing of cables accor­ding to the confi­gu­ra­tion of the network.

By La rédaction - 5 December 2019

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