Intellias
Case study

Optical Fiber Network Planning Solution

We helped our client propel their fiber network business by optimizing design and planning

Key features

  • Plan FTTX networks of any size and complexity

    Plan FTTX networks of any size and complexity

  • Estimate network development costs

    Estimate network development costs

  • Manage network projects

    Manage network projects

Industry:
Telecommunications
Headquarters:
Westhausen, Germany
Market:
Europe
Team size:
20 members
Cooperation:
2011 – present
Technologies:

.NET / ArcGIS / Bootstrap / C++ / CSS / DevExpress / Entity Framework / JavaScript / JQuery / MS SQL Server / PHP / PostgreSQL / Prism / Symfony / T-SQL / WCF / WPF

About the client

Geo Data delivers consulting services and software solutions to implement telecommunication, fiber, and broadband internet networks for businesses, communities, and municipalities of any size. Their all-in-one software suite contains web and desktop tools for planning fiber-optic networks and managing fiber to the x (FTTX) projects. Geo Data has completed successful network infrastructure projects across Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.

Optical Fiber Network Planning Solution

Our client came with the challenge 

Geo Data had a solid vision for a software suite that would streamline the planning, design, and management of FTTX projects. The suite would also eliminate inefficient paperwork and improve our client’s network infrastructure business by automating and optimizing network projects, making them more accurate and cost-efficient. 

Combining the knowledge and experience of their geodesists, network engineers, and entrepreneurs, Geo Data started building their solution in-house. But they lacked expertise in .NET technologies and had little experience setting up large-scale software development life cycle processes. It became clear that they needed a professional outsourcing partner. 

With years of experience delivering enterprise software and with a pool of senior .NET developers and leads, Intellias was a good match and became Geo Data’s strategic partner. 

Intellias developed the solution 

Working closely with our client’s team, we identified primary use cases and decided on the core technology stack, architecture prototype improvements, and major product functionality. 

With that done, our foremost task was to establish a comprehensive development process for our distributed team involving Agile and XP practices. As a result, every process – from design and implementation to quality assurance and deployment – has a clear scope, flow, timeline, and ready-and-running toolset.

What followed was an active development phase that focused on NetEnterprise – a desktop solution for delivering optimal FTTX designs at unmatched speed and scale. Our Intellias engineers developed a mathematical engine powered by a heuristic algorithm of big-size graphs clusterization and ArcGIS, Esri’s advanced cloud-based mapping platform. This engine lies at the core of graphical network planning and our client’s comprehensive analytical suite. These technologies allowed us to automatically create map-based network architectures, generate schematic presentations for existing plans, select optimal network hardware, and estimate project costs.

Currently, we’re finalizing the new web portal for managing FTTX projects. This solution is now in the pre-release phase and is undergoing heavy internal user testing. Built on Symfony components, the solution uses a PostgreSQL database and JavaScript components for data visualization and reporting. The portal lets users create template-based projects and monitor all aspects of those projects – from costs to work orders and timelines. 

We achieved great results together 

Seven years of partnership has left a noticeable mark on the evolution of both Intellias and Geo Data. Intellias has had the benefit of working on a long-term project in the telecom networking domain. Geo Data has extended their software production facilities by means of a reliable nearshore technology outsourcing provider. As a result of this collaboration, both companies have strengthened core .NET expertise, increased their level of service, diversified product offerings, and boosted competitiveness in target markets.

Geo Data offers the following benefits to customers: 

  • Extensive automation of FTTX network design with a low error rate 
  • Network design optimization thanks to estimation of regional development costs 
  • Quick overview of network structure through a schematic or geo-scheme network plan 
  • Automatic generation of optimized cable and duct routes 
  • Fiber-level design capabilities with automatic generation of splice lists for individual elements or all elements of distribution sites 
  • Proprietary technology with driving dynamic efficiency regarding all functions based on topology 
  • Multi-criteria analysis functionality based on a detailed view of network components, including ducts and cable lengths
  • Library of configurable reusable components supporting import from external sources 
  • Complete network project management portal for monitoring project status, timelines, relevant work orders, expenses, and more 

 

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