Optimized Network Planning with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Across the globe, developers, builders, engineers, and architects have adopted GIS (geographic information systems) to accelerate the deployment of fiber network assets. A GIS is a computer system that allows users to store, edit, analyze, and display geographically referenced information. More specifically, GIS links data to a map by integrating location data with all types of descriptive information and helps its users in assessing patterns, relationships, and geographic context.

We are in an era where consumers are demanding for increased bandwidth and faster data speeds. Network planners require the best tools for optimizing their fiber buildout routes. Planning a rollout requires a significant amount of time and a team of resources.  

So how can GIS help? 

GIS and Spatial Analysis

A GIS helps solve geographic based problems while automating network planning workflows using the power of spatial analysis. Additionally, GIS turns a manual process (which could take days or weeks) into an automated one lasting seconds to minutes.  

Optimized Network Planning with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Urban and Town Planning

With the aid of granular information, engineers and architects are now using spatial data sets to plan futuristic townships. Telecom operators such as Allo Communications have used GIS data and software to build and plan optimized fiber optic networks. By doing so, these telecom operators increase project velocity and with the power of automated design engines, bring a level of unsurpassed design accuracy. 

Benefits of an automated fiber network design

For network planners to achieve FTTx rollouts, it is critical to incorporate a GIS-based network capability. With a solid and robust decision process, organizations can unlock significant value: 

  • Designers can decide on the best approach for each design
  • Designers can generate faster network plans, while focusing on value tasks – bringing local area knowledge to a plan  
  • Seamless updates can ensure a connected network is rewarded as built 

Looking at this robust emerging tool, its applications and use-case scenarios are never ending.  


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