INFRASTRUCTURE INVENTORY

Deployment of the Bell Fibe TV service (FTTH Solution)

Optimization of deployment and management of the network technology using georeferenced data.

Project Start:
January 2010
Length:
Still in progress (2015–16)

This service is offered by Bell – Fibe TV, the best network technology lets you enjoy the best TV picture quality and the fastest Internet speeds available.

Context

Bell Fibe TV, the most advanced network technology in the world, was launched in January 2010. The deployment of this service is ongoing and should reach more than 5 million residents in Quebec and Ontario between now and 2015. Deployment of Fibe TV involves FlexNAPTM technology from Corning, which optimizes deployment efficiency and saves considerable time when commissioning the service. For a FTTH deployment project using this technology, precise geolocation and added value obtained from reliable geospatial information from the networks are the main factors for success.
Effigis was hired to create infrastructure surveys for the designing and pre-engineering of the fibre network of Bell for major cities in Quebec.

Challenges

Producing surveys and detailed inventory for more than 650,000 infrastructure elements of the air network in order to establish the precise GPS position for each pole in the Bell network. The surveys and data delivery must be done within 14 days for each distribution sector. In addition to being crucial to the success of the project, the main challenges involved respecting deadlines and ensuring quality metrics for the position of each pole resulting in a large volume of data. These data are constantly surveyed via automated project control management and the implementation of unique quality assurance tools.

Solutions

A team of more than 70 field surveyors was specially put together and trained by Effigis to establish the precise positioning of each pole, at a rate of 20 attributes for each element in the telecommunications infrastructure. Following the surveys, the data were processed and put through a stringent quality check. The results, presented as thematic maps and topologically structured data sets, were then immediately used by Bell to create the FTTH network. Effigis also developed a mobile solution for collecting geolocalized data via a geographic information system (GIS), which includes a GIS Web site for controlling and monitoring quality assurance and survey activities.

Results

The project clearly demonstrated Effigis’ ability to effectively carry out large-scale projects for creating geospatial databases in telecommunications (FTTH) within areas where mobility and density of the urban fabric may impose operational constraints.

Key takeaways

  • Development of unique expertise in planning and managing the project to deploy an FTTH project
  • Deployment of a turnkey solution comprising a GIS Web site and automated quality control
  • Inventory of more than 650,000 infrastructure elements with a geospatial data base.
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Claude Levasseur

Vice-President - Geomatics