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SiFi Networks is a company that builds and operates community wide fibre optic networks across cities and districts in the USA. With multiple projects for each of these large-scale endeavours, they needed an experienced team in order to scale up their capabilities and make sure everything goes smoothly – from design, through implementation and into deployment.

SiFi Networks are tasked with building one of the world’s fastest, most reliable fibre optic networks throughout the city of Placentia, enabling Smart City applications, economic growth and helping to close the digital divide.

Placentia FiberCity is being built citywide, meaning SiFi Networks will pass each and every home and business, enabling every household opportunity to connect. The ambition is to create a fully capable 10G PON Network.

As a multi-disciplined project, there were several complex challenges. SiFi needed project management, solution design and professional services support throughout the project. They needed experts in conducting site surveys and equipment verification as well as equipment configuration, installation, and integration.

Challenges at a Glance

  • Required project management and professional services

  • Required end to end solution design

  • Needed teams skilled in conducting site surveys and equipment verification

  • Needed datacentre, Inline Amplifier (ILA), hut and cabinet equipment configuration development

  • Needed datacentre, Inline Amplifier (ILA), hut and cabinet equipment installation & integration

The Solution

In close collaboration with SIFI Networks, NetPMD provided end to end services for delivering the active network elements within the City of Placentia, CA. This included:-

  • Optical backhaul connectivity from city to regional DC

  • IP Networking for datacentre and customer connectivity

  • Delivering high-speed (XGSPON) internet to customer end points

Project Management
NetPMD managed the project from the start through to the final delivery of all elements, including coordinating all project tasks until project closeout. Using PRINCE2 methodologies in order to plan, schedule, and implement project activities, the project was delivered to the highest industry recognized standards of quality, reporting frequency, and control.

Design Services
NetPMD created a passive design initially in order to produce an active networks solution design (HLD/LLD). This was delivered alongside an equipment bill of materials.

Technical Services
NetPMD used the low-level design (LLD) to deliver the integration services. This included integration of the active network components such as DC, ILA, huts, and cabinet location. This allowed connectivity to end customer premises equipment and (Optimal Network terminal) ONTs.

The Result

The strong partnership between SiFi networks and NetPMD continues to grow, and the solution for the city of Placentia continues to evolve and progress in line with their ambitions and objectives to create a fully capable 10G PON network.