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The Smallworld Solution
GE offers a portfolio of products that provides end-to-end solutions for multi-vendor, multi-technology networks. Facilities are provided for integration into the OSS environment and for making the data available across the enterprise through Internet access. The products are built upon the Smallworld Core Spatial Technology, one of the most extensive and scalable GIS technologies available.
Complete Product Portfolio Delivering a Fully Integrated Solution
Customers have realized a number of benefits across the business process supported by Smallworld Network inventory. These benefits include:
The Smallworld Network Inventory portfolio addresses the specific needs of various industries, and can help each industry roll out new fiber-rich networks, deliver new services and grow the subscriber base to return a healthy profit to shareholders. Specific industries supported by Smallworld Network Inventory include Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, FTTX Operators and Mobile Operators.
Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers
With the arrival of innovative service providers shifting the conventional way in which people communicate via IP telephony, Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILEC) are looking to transform their businesses by evolving their traditional circuit-routed networks to next generation networks. This new network infrastructure is essential if ILECs are to successfully support internet-based voice calls and other high bandwidth Ethernet/IP-based services. However, rolling out such a network cost effectively requires careful planning and engineering.
Smallworld Network Inventory is a strategic solution that meets the challenges facing ILECs managing DSL over large copper access networks, and other network architectures such as fiber-to-the-Home/Curb/Node/Premise (FTTX) and wireless. The software is allows carriers to strategically control this network transformation by streamlining processes associated with network planning and engineering, thereby reducing costs. - Download the ILEC brochure and case study
As Communications Service Providers develop strategies to roll out triple play bundles and IPTV consumer products, Fiber-to-the-Home/Curb/Node /Premise (FTTX) network deployments are becoming more commonplace. This takes careful network planning and design as several technologies can be used for FTTX. Once the right technology has been selected, communications operators face the difficult prospect of rolling out the new physical infrastructure. They must also keep close control on the capital and operational expenditure required to support this activity.
The Smallworld Network Inventory solution meets the challenges facing communications service providers who are rolling out multiple broadband services over FTTX networks. It allows operators to strategically control the deployment of their FTTX network by streamlining the planning and engineering processes and so reducing costs associated with network rollout. - Download the FTTX brochure and case study
As mobile operators develop strategies to roll out the next generation of mobile data services, one of their main challenges is upgrading their network infrastructure to support the increasing volumes of data traffic, and controlling the costs associated with this. It is critical that mobile operators plan ahead and manage their mobile network transmission strategies to meet this network traffic increase and also ensure the quality of service offered meets customer expectations while controlling their costs.
Smallworld Network Inventory provides a consolidated cross-technology end-to-end view of telecommunications networks upon which services are delivered to customers. This comprehensive and integrated view of the entire network combines the fully connected inside and outside plant of the physical network with the connectivity and circuits of the logical network. - Download the Mobile brochure and case study
The major challenge facing telecom operators today is the drive for higher broadband speeds for consumers. In order to roll out new fiber networks and deliver new broadband services, operators must focus on all aspects of their operations. Due to the inherently spatial nature of networks, a geospatial network inventory system provides the best way to support these processes.
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Smallworld Network Inventory™ Customers
Over 100 telecommunications network operators use the Smallworld Network Inventory to manage their communication networks in 37 countries worldwide. Telecoms network operators are revolutionizing their business processes by using Smallworld Network Inventory in a variety of environments:
While existing customers continue to expand their use of Smallworld Network Inventory, the number of new customers deploying this solution also continues to steadily increase. In the last three years nearly 35 new customers have adopted Smallworld, including eircom, PT Telkom, CenturyLink, MTN, ETB and UPC Holland.
GE has a wide range of partners that we work with to deliver solutions to our end customers, and we resell a number of complementary solutions. The products we resell include:
Radio Network Inventory: This module provides the capability to document and manage the infrastructure of Radio Access Networks and point-to-point radio networks within Physical Network Inventory. It is a highly configurable solution enabling users to model and manage all of their wireless infrastructure, including tower inventory management and radio system inventory management.
Physical Route Manager: Physical Route Manager provides the capability to allow Physical Network Inventory users to define and manage physical paths, referred to as routes over fiber optic networks. All of the resources consumed by a route can easily be identified and understood. Physical Route Manager provides the user with the ability to automatically identify physical routes between two locations within the network based upon a series of routing rules. This allows engineers to very quickly build routes through the network, saving time and reducing costs.
Optical Network Atlas: Optical Network Atlas is a module that extends the functionality Physical Network Inventory with automatic generation of schemes for optical routes. It automatically generates easily printable and legible paper documentation of the optical network needed in development and maintenance. This is especially useful for field technicians and third party optical network maintenance companies. Schemes are generated using dynamically traced optical routes, starting from a given location or splice using selected optical cables/fibers or ODF shelves/ports. All parts of the scheme are divided into separate pages during generation process, allowing the system to present the same results using different outputs.
CATV Design Calculations: CATV Design module simplifies HFC network design process employed by cable television operators. The solution allows for the complete HFC design within the Smallworld environment. The CATV Design module user is presented with RF signal strength, distortion and noise levels as well as powering status at any point of the network. Additional tools such as automatic amplifier configuration (pad insertion), finding of unpowered active equipment and shortcuts in powering network significantly speed up network verification.
Logical Browser: Logical Browser gives instant access to information about logical network configuration stored in Logical Network Inventory database. The application enables users to easily view data through a web browser, which speeds up information flow in business and supports processes of preliminary feasibility check, service delivery, fault management and network maintenance.
LNI Connector: Implementation of the Smallworld Logical Network Inventory requires population of the database with appropriate network data and maintaining the accuracy and consistency of data in the database with changing state of the network. Manual data acquisition and maintenance can be time consuming and error prone. LNI Connector has been designed to support and simplify network data import from Network Management Systems into LNI database and enables periodic LNI synchronization with NMS systems. With LNI Connector network operators can solve the problem of validity and accuracy of inventory data.
Work Management: The Work Management solution allows service providers to streamline their business processes across the design-build-operate-maintain life cycle. The solution automates workflows, provides real-time reporting and delivers seamless contractor management. It also integrates seamlessly with Physical Network Inventory meaning designs in Smallworld can be fully managed (created, transitioned, posted) as part of the workflow executed within the Work Management solution.
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