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Broadband Mapping Solutions forMunicipal Networks
The Open AccessNetwork Model
Local governments in the United States and abroad are struggling with citizen access to affordable, reliable, and ubiquitous broadband to support economic development, education, health care, digital inclusion, and smart city operations. The issue is particularly acute in smaller rural towns and edge cities that are not priorities for large incumbent investment. The municipal government is often faced with a difficult decision: continue with existing incumbent broadband providers and hope they will upgrade networks, enter into partnerships with third-party engineering firms and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to build a private fiber network with public support, or create a public municipal broadband utility either alone or with other communities.
Local municipalities are increasingly choosing to invest in their own internet infrastructure to support local economic development and meet their operational needs. Many municipalities are drawn to the open access network model through which the municipality builds and owns the network, but multiple ISPs can compete for customers and deliver broadband services over the public fiber. This model requires advanced planning, financial analysis, detailed engineering, and great data and software tools. VETRO FiberMap delivers the mapping platform needed to support an open access network, and integrates with many complementary tools and systems for a complete solution.
A Platform Built forMunicipal Broadband
What current municipal infrastructure and assets are available to support broadband? What will it cost to build out fiber to all targets in your town? What is the residential and commercial demand and are there priority neighborhoods?
VETRO FiberMap is an intuitive and cost-effective broadband network platform that can help municipalities answer these questions.
The VETRO FiberMap platform brings value to municipal projects anywhere on the public-private partnership spectrum, from fully private to fully public. Municipalities and their partners—including engineering firms and ISPs—can jointly leverage the VETRO FiberMap platform through the planning, feasibility, design, construction, management, operation, and expansion phases of a broadband project.
Municipalities can readily leverage existing GIS systems and data assets in the VETRO FiberMap platform. The platform adds value and purpose to basic municipal GIS data by wrapping in network path routing, fiber splicing detail, network equipment, and other critical information that existing GIS systems were not built to handle.
With user-friendly features, the VETRO FiberMap platform streamlines the time and effort it takes to build a detailed network design, create circuit paths, and provide stakeholders with complete and easy access to the same information used by engineers. With VETRO FiberMap, even the general public can have access to the network build out and availability mapping in detail and in real time. Transparency and communication are very important in any public project. VETRO FiberMap helps municipalities meet this need with an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform that enables everyone who needs broadband network information to access accurate data from any place at any time using just a web browser.
Critical Features forMunicipal Networks
VETRO FiberMap streamlines the planning and feasibility study portion of a municipal broadband project, allowing more resources to go to designing and building the network. The platform delivers a packaged solution for network design that empowers the municipality and reduces ramp-up time for aggressive deployment plans. Customer surveys, demand generation, and lead qualification can also be performed through the platform.
A unified platform for fiber network inventory and demand generation improves information accuracy, consistency, and ability to share data—and reduces costs and IT overhead.
VETRO FiberMap bridges active engineering with customer-friendly project progress map publishing to meet commercial and residential expectations for project timing and transparent communication.
The platform is also uniquely structured with APIs to support open access orchestration as the underlying physical network mapping fabric. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is the virtual provisioning of circuits for service riding atop the physical map, and VETRO FiberMap provides intelligence of who can be reached via which routing.
VETRO FiberMap is a comprehensive mapping tool for municipalities to:
- Determine existing levels of broadband service
- Estimate demand within the community for high-speed internet
- Provide cost estimates for a build-out of the network within the community
- Generate detailed financials (CAPEX and OPEX over ten years) for city officials and administrators
- Manage network documentation as a repository for “as-built” network data and splicing records
- Build automated, detailed network designs that present the full scale of the project
- Create graphics and visual maps to easily inform the public and potential customers of project status
- Empower the owner/operator to maintain and expand the network
VETRO FiberMap delivers the SaaS platform solution we have been searching for to support our growing network infrastructure. It gives us the tools we need to focus on ROI and efficiency and maintain full awareness of our network assets at all times with accurate and easily accessible data.
If you are a WISP looking for a network design, mapping, and inventory solution—look no further. VETRO FiberMap is a game changer.
How we interact with our customers has changed dramatically. We’ve broken lead records month over month ever since we implemented VETRO.
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