FAQ

Comsof Fiber

  • Is Comsof Fiber an inventory tool?

    Building a fiber optic networks requires several steps. Comsof Fiber is specialized in the first phase, which is FTTx network planning and design.

    In order to document and manage your network, an inventory tool is needed.

    Comsof Fiber can easily be integrated with any inventory tool. Although we do not have preferred partners, we can offer advise on inventory tools which are received well by our clients.

  • Will Comsof Fiber have all functionalities we are looking for?

    There is no one-size-fits-all FTTx architecture. Every region has its own characteristics, based on their historical infrastructure, the (future) needs of customers, budget, competition and other factors.

    Thanks to our years of experience with projects in every corner of the world, our software is adapted to a wide range of cases. Based on this experience we are continuously improving our software, with new features and even more optimized algorithms.

    If desired, software customizations can be requested to cater any specific need your company might have.

    Contact us to discuss your project.

  • Do you supply the GIS-data we need to use the software?

    Having the right GIS data is imperative for your FTTx network to succeed. Next to your own GIS data or the data your client provides you, there are many other sources available to collect the data you need to get started.

    Have a look at this blog to get an overview of GIS tools that are out there. Did you not find what you were looking for? Let’s look together.

  • How long will it take me to learn to use Comsof Fiber?

    “When I started at TÜV Rheinland, I had a lot of GIS knowledge, but not as much FTTx network planning experience. Comsof Fiber gave me a great start. Because it is GIS-based and because of its user friendliness.”

    This is a quote from a TÜV Rheinland engineer. Having experience with GIS data helps you understand the Comsof Fiber software. Learning the basics of platforms such as QGIS, ArcGIS and AutoCAD will provide you with the necessary basics.

    Comsof Fiber also provides an extensive online manual with explainer videos to teach you the ins and outs of the software. And if you have questions, our support engineers are at your service.

  • Which Comsof Fiber solutions do I need?

    Comsof Fiber offers three different solutions.

    Comsof Fiber Simulator helps you make strategic decisions, based on GIS and marketing data. This tool provides you with a detailed bill of materials, it predicts costs per neighborhood, compares them and provides a geographical network overview. This is the perfect tool to build your FTTx business case.

    Comsof Fiber Designer goes one step further. Make the FTTx designs you want with this software. Analyze the bill of materials, save recourses by reusing existent infrastructure, compare areas and recalculate a large area in a matter of hours. Find the optimal design for every area. And stay in full control. Adapt design architectures if needed, based on field survey insights. Change your designs as much as you can, up to the last minute.

    Comsof Fiber Engineer provides you with to-build plans, so your engineers know what is needed to start building you network. Configure your job-pack as you see fit. Setup your template once and reuse it for your next projects. And make last-minute changes, as you stay in full control over your project.

  • I have seen automated design software before, and the output did not reflect a real-world design, how is Comsof different?

    Comsof has built up experience in creating network design software during the past 20 years with clients from around the world. One of our strengths is to sit down and listen to the needs of our clients, which they appreciate time and time again.

    Our software is able to design almost infinite architectures, it can model vendor specific pre-connectorized solutions. And thanks to our world-class engineers and state-of-the-art algorithms it is customizable to your needs.

    Our software allows designers to stay in full control of their project. Adapt design architectures if needed, based on field survey insights. Change your designs as much as you can, up to the last minute.

  • Why would I want to use design automation and optimization?

    Planning and designing FTTx networks can be difficult and error-prone. And as network deployment is a high investment, it is paramount to minimize these risks. Automation software like Comsof Fiber are interesting tools to build a better business case and design networks better and faster.

    Comsof Fiber is software that empowers your designers to build futureproof FTTx networks. It helps you make the right strategic decisions, automates the design process and transforms designs into construction plans. And the software allows you to keep full control over you project.

    Using Comsof Fiber planning and design software means up to 90% time-saving and up to 10% cost-saving.

  • What types of companies are using Comsof Fiber?

    Comsof Fiber is being used by a wide variety of companies.

    Such as telecom operators wanting to plan and design their FTTx network. Telco’s from around the world are using Comsof Fiber. Some examples are Proximus, Virgin Media, Cox, Telenet, eir and Telia. Also many local ISP’s have been using our software. Such as Digital TV Cable.

    Engineering firms use Comsof Fiber as well. SiFi Networks, TÜV Rheinland, IN.GE.NA, Visionstream and Yungo to name a few. Infrastructure providers such as CityFibre and Eurofiber use our software to deploy their networks.

  • What platforms does Comsof Fiber work with?

    Comsof Fiber can be works on QGIS, ESRI ArcGIS Pro and AutoCAD.

    • QGIS is a free, open-source GIS platform (GIS stands for geographic information system). QGIS supports viewing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data.
    • ArcGIS Pro is a GIS platform developed by ESRI. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information and sharing and discovering geographic information.
    • AutoCAD s a computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application, developed by Autodesk.

    3rd party integrations in major Physical Network Inventory systems are also available.

  • What type of fiber networks can I plan and design with Comsof Fiber?

    Comsof Fiber supports all FTTx network types, such as Fiber to the Home, Fiber to the Node, Fiber to the Curb and Fiber to the Antenna.

    • An FTTN, or Fiber to the Node design reuses existing coaxial cables for the last mile connection to the customer.
    • FTTC or Fiber to the Cabinet allows you to reuse the last part of an existing twisted-pair network up to the customers’ premise.
    • Fiber to the Antenna or FTTA is a term frequently used to combine fiber and a fixed wireless technology such as 5G. In this case wireless technology replaces the final 200 yards physical connection with a 5G network connection. It is also called FTT5G.
    • Fiber to the Home or FTTH, also sometimes called Fiber to the Premise or FTTP, is a full-fiber network up to the customers’ premise.

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