As a network provider, you know that fibre broadband enables you to provide the fast, reliable, and secure connectivity that businesses and communities are crying out for. And the possibilities of connecting more communities than ever in 2023 are exciting you. But as you look to roll out more fibre networks, you may find the end-to-end process of fibre roll out isn’t as straightforward as your deployment team would like. So how do telecom companies unlock the benefits of end-to-end integration solutions?
For example, when choosing a fibre design and integration company, you are often met with the challenge of passive versus active. But what does this mean and what are the choices for telecoms companies?
Passive and Active Integration
Passive integration focuses mainly on software integration, using existing infrastructure to form a network architecture. This type of integration allows for a faster setup time since there are less components that need to be installed or configured. It also eliminates the need for additional networking hardware, resulting in a more cost-effective installation. Passive integration offers better scalability and reliability, since it doesn’t require any special configuration.
Active integration involves using proprietary networking equipment and software to create a more powerful network architecture. In turn, this provides greater security protection than passive integration alone offers. This type of integration allows for better control over how data is shared between different parts of the network. It also provides more advanced monitoring capabilities that detect any suspicious activity on the system more quickly. Active integration enables remote access so users can access their networks from anywhere at anytime with ease.
However, most projects will require BOTH passive AND active integration. Consequently, telcos often have to engage a second integration company to work with the active integration company, causing double handling and additional project management time.
To overcome this issue, many telecoms companies are finding that end-to-end (E2E) integration solutions, such as those NetPMD offer, are enabling them to achieve a seamless service to their end users: in turn, this is helping them to achieve competitive edge in a crowded marketplace. An end-to-end design and integrations provider is highly skilled in both the passive and active elements of a network build. However, some telecoms companies still struggle to understand the full potential of E2E design and integration solutions – and how they can be applied to their business to maximize efficiency and increase profits. Let’s look at how E2E integration solutions can benefit your telecoms company.
Designing and delivering large, complex fibre networks is challenging even for the most experienced network companies. It requires careful planning and design to ensure that all components are working together effectively. This is why an effective network design includes both the passive and active elements for the best deployments. Often a network design needs to include dark fibre, and it’s important to choose a company such as NetPMD who are experienced in designing with dark fibre in mind. This will avoid tripping up further down the line.
On the passive side, NetPMD use industry leading software solutions including geo spatial software across the project: from feasibility to data validation, to design, deployment and integration right through to in life maintenance.
On the active side, it’s important to ensure your network design company is experienced in connecting large cities, communities and regions. Additionally, it’s crucial that the company has expertise in ensuring data centre service provision.
When all these elements come together, it’s much easier for network design managers to keep track of all the pieces of the puzzle from a single dashboard and make sure everything is running smoothly.
On top of monitoring all the components within the network design, an E2E solution also allows network design managers to easily identify areas where performance can be improved, or where problems occur. By understanding performance indicators such as latency, throughput, packet loss rate, and jitter, you can quickly spot areas that need improvement or require further investigation. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to address any issues quickly before they become major problems.
Another key benefit of E2E integration solutions is the reduction of costs by eliminating redundant systems or services that are no longer needed. Additionally, an E2E integration solution can provide real-time insights into usage trends so you know when it’s time to scale back or upgrade resources accordingly – saving you money by avoiding unnecessary expenses or overspending on resources that aren’t necessary for optimal operations.
Telecoms who use purist passive, or active only design companies, are missing a trick by not having that end to end “big picture” perspective. This view ensures that networks are deployed quickly, robustly and in a way that is future proofed.
NetPMD offer the full package your network company requires to unlock the benefits of end-to-end integration solutions. Look for a partner who can provide not only great design, but who is also proactive in problem solving and offers a crucial end to end integration solution.
In 2018, The UK Telecoms Supply Chain Review revealed that the existing industry practices had not adequately encouraged cyber security precautions, leading to a call for beefing up policy and regulation.
In 2023, the UK’s success and development will depend on the reliability of our digital communications networks. These are vital for us all as they enable individuals, communities and companies alike to keep modern-day life in motion. If there was an interruption or breakdown in service, it would have widespread implications, hampering progress across every sector from healthcare to the economy. Telecommunications providers understand just how important their role is: keeping Britain connected!
Consultants and partners such as NetPMD are key to this success, delivering specialist services to help providers not only deploy robust networks but also help them realise their compliance obligations, and how best to address them.
When it comes to designing an effective network infrastructure, offering both passive and active integrations end-to-end provides many benefits that are not found in siloed or purist setups alone. Passive integration offers faster setup times and cost-effectiveness, while active integration provides increased security and greater control over data sharing within the system. By choosing a design and integration company who combine these two approaches, you’ll be able to create an efficient, yet secure network infrastructure tailored specifically to your business needs!