In the first posting of this two-part series the focus was on a recent Nokia (News - Alert) white paper, Gigabit Technical Playbook, a technical guide for communities looking to take matters into their own hands in accelerating broadband deployment and adoption, was on planning and getting ready for the build out. In this deeper dive we look at:
- Active equipment deployment
- Network operations
- Selecting a trusted partner
Active equipment deployment
As the paper explains, “deploying active equipment requires clear delivery methodologies and processes supported by an experienced organization.” It starts with a site survey and equipment engineering which is followed by the actual installation and commissioning, configuration fine-tuning, testing and ultimately handover to the network operator.
Steps involved include:
Installation and commissioning: This entails installation of product and site specific equipment, power-up testing, equipment installation acceptance, and commissioning to ensure correct software loads, that equipment is recognized by network management software, and readiness for network integration.
Integration: Ensuring that disparate network elements (for example, OLTs and ONTs for FTTH) work together and also with other outside networks.
Connection to the IP world: interconnections with IP routers in core networks (service provider networks). The key elements of this end-to-end model are the broadband access network, the interconnection between the OLT and IP router, and the Internet service provider (IP/MPLS core network).
Once there is a green light to put the network into service, either by a private partner or a municipality, real-time 24/7/365 management and maintenance are the order of the day. As the paper again explains in detail, this involves assuring provisioning capabilities—service, network and subscriber management— are tried and true. In also requires that in order to maximize network uptime and quality of service (QoS) critical maintenance services are in place. This includes: technical support, repair and exchange services, and the appropriate field maintenance resources.
And, vital to it all is that operations assistance is in place. As the authors note: “Operations assistance can be provided to support and train a network operator’s staff. This is especially important in community broadband projects where experienced resources may be limited but is also applicable for established service providers.” They explain there are two stages of assistance. The first is supply the requisite subject matter experts to support and train people on roles and responsibilities. The second is having and executing a transition plan for migrating the technology knowledge, processes, methodologies, and activities.
Selecting a trusted partner
I don’t wish to spoil the in-depth explanation of the practicality of understanding the entirety of Nokia’s broad portfolio of products and services that can enable communities to create, plan and execute the construction and operation of a gigabit ultra-broadband network. What is important to note here is that the playbook, is a tremendously useful guide to local decision makers who appreciate that having universal ultra-broadband available to their communities sooner rather than later is essential to their future on a variety of economic, educational and better governance fronts, and that the first steps in getting there is knowing what to do and what questions need to be answered.
Finally, as noted in previous postings, Gigabit Technical Playbook, is a companion piece to Nokia’s higher level, Connecting communities with ultra-broadband, a playbook that lays the foundation as to why communities have a great use case for moving forward on broadband initiatives and not have to wait.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi