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FNT Cable and Outside Plant Management

Centralized Planning, Operation and Management of Passive Inside and Outside Plant Infrastructure

Data volumes are increasing, and network traffic is growing. These are the realities of the digital age. To keep up, service providers are scrambling to roll out more fiber and introduce new technologies. The result is increasing network complexity. Millions of physical assets, logical resources and connections in the cable network must be managed. Doing so is difficult but essential, as these networks are the foundation for delivering the services that keep businesses operational.

IT is spreading into virtually all areas of private and work life as both residential and business customers consume and generate massive amounts of data. Operators of fixed and cellular networks must ensure their fiber-optic networks in the transport and mobile fronthaul and backhaul arena, FTTx infrastructures in access networks, and HFC networks can keep pace with current and future growth rates in traffic volume.  They are therefore laying more fiber, connecting more 4G and 5G mobile sites to fiber, and extending fiber closer to the end user by splitting up coax clusters in HFC networks.

While operators are extending, rolling out and connecting new fiber infrastructure to provide the additional capacity needed throughout the network, they must simultaneously maintain full control over the affected cables and network infrastructures. This is difficult, given the diversity of the networks and resources involved, and the sheer number of physical and logical connections.

FNT’s Cable and Outside Plant Management (OSP) makes it possible to efficiently operate complex passive network infrastructures. It gives communication service providers and network operators full transparency across the network to document, plan and manage any inside and outside plant cable network infrastructure. From a service assurance perspective this is important because it’s the best defense against service interruption, which can bring large technical environments to a standstill. From a planning perspective, it’s important to base changes and rollouts on accurate as-built documentation. It’s equally important for all changes to be reflected in a centralized management system. In the continuous cycle of network maintenance, and any wrong information can have ripple effects felt throughout the entire infrastructure.

FNT’s solution addresses all areas. Outside plant cable, conduits, ducts, micro-duct bundles, trenches, manholes and splice closures are included. So are all types of inside plant cable and passive network infrastructure and all types of fiber, copper and coax cable technologies and topologies.

Document
The FNT Cable and Outside Plant Management solution is based on a central data repository that provides a complete, graphical as-is inventory of all network resource data of the passive infrastructure. It covers all physical end-to-end connections, including the splices and patch cables used to implement signal routes. It assigns services to the various signal routes, making it possible to categorize and describe whether, and how, physical connections are used. This central resource repository provides accurate documentation to make cable infrastructure rollouts, extensions and changes easier to plan, more efficient to execute, and with significantly less manual rework.

When the FNT Cable and Outside Plant Management and FNT Telco Active Inventory solutions are used together, an operator can manage the complete collection of network and service resources of an active telco transport network. All the hierarchically structured services and paths in the FNT Telco Active Inventory solution can be assigned to the appropriate underlying resources in the FNT Cable and Outside Plant Management solution.

Plan
FNT facilitates network planning with a consistent approach across all resources and infrastructures. This helps ensure that moving, adding and changing assets in the network is a fault-free process. Full-featured auto-routing functionality assists planning entire media-independent signal routes, end-to-end, across the cable infrastructure all the way down to individual fiber assignments, splice closures and splice plans, or patch panels and patch cables.

Work orders are automatically created based on planned tasks that can be distributed automatically via workflow tools for execution in the field. When the work is completed, the status of the planned assets is changed, and the network infrastructure documentation is updated automatically. This approach of automatically updating documentation as part of the planning process ensures that infrastructure documentation is always current.

Manage
Actively managing all technologies and resources used in the production of services with FNT helps operations teams deliver consistently reliable services and avoid outages during the transformation process. FNT Cable and Outside Plant Management solution helps fulfill redundancy requirements from service to cable layer and supports end-to-end signal tracing for efficient management of complex infrastructures.

It seamlessly works across all devices and cables, in both actual and planning views. Cables and routes can be visualized via schematic network representations, as well as via geo-referenced representation based on integrated GIS capability. This GIS functionality enables users to create a fully integrated geo-referenced visualization of the Cable and Outside Plant infrastructure on corresponding maps. The operator can seamlessly navigate between the GIS maps and the specific graphical applications to manage the cables, ducts, splice closures and cassettes, patch panels and other infrastructure in detail.

Three Solution Levels

One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to software. The solution is available in three versions of progressively increasing functionality. Choose the level of support that best suits your needs. Change your selection as your needs change.

BASIC
FNT’s introductory package contains all of the functionality required to fulfill the main purpose of the solution. It also covers all of the essential asset and configuration management features to maintain control of your infrastructure and to have every crucial information detail about your infrastructure at your fingertips.
STANDARD
FNT’s Standard package provides extended functionality including enhanced reporting, dashboarding capabilities, and features required to manage all provisioning and change workorders relevant for building up, operating, and maintaining your infrastructure to ensure you get the most out of your workforce resources. Other functional enhancements improve the execution of the additional use cases that the solution supports.
ADVANCED
FNT’s most comprehensive package provides all Basic and Standard functionalities, plus advanced tools to design the offerings of your IT organization as managed infrastructure services, manage them within a professional, customer-centric service portfolio, and fully automate all related processes. It also supports the execution of the primary and extended use cases with the highest degree of performance excellence.

Use Cases

Major Benefits

Accelerated Planning
  • Consistent documentation and planning supported by auto-routing
  • Automatic creation of work orders for field execution of planned tasks
  • Documentation is automatically updated as a result of planning
Increased Visibility
  • Full transparency across passive inside and outside plant resources
  • Schematic views as well as GIS based graphical network visualization
  • Improved efficiency in day-to-day operations supported by end-to-end signal tracing
Faster Impact Analysis
  • Reduced fault repair time resulting in greater customer satisfaction
  • Optimized costs and process times
  • Reduced OPEX
Optimized Utilization
  • Better management of infrastructure capacities and available resources
  • Reduction of CAPEX
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