Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | 5 9 access to a live map to troubleshoot issues and build new lines. To prevent data silos and encourage knowledge transfer among workers, it needed one platform as a central, accessible hub for all fiber network information. THE APPROACH: A FIBER- SPECIFIC MAPPING SOLUTION Jose Lovato, manager of fiber optic system engineering at KCEC, obtained the support of the CEO and board of directors to address these challenges. Lovato says, "We live in a rural and mountainous location in northern New Mexico, and there is no true broadband provider in our territory. We wanted to provide our members an opportunity equal to that of [residents of ] the large cities. We believe broadband will become a utility, and it will be required at all locations." With this mission, he began to explore mapping solutions that could help Kit Carson Internet meet its requirements for planning, designing, building and managing new fiber networks for its members. Lovato first evaluated the mapping solution the KCEC Electric Division used. However, this system was not designed for a fiber optic network and could not meet all its requirements, such as simple digitizing of new fiber routes and drops, inventorying fiber optic materials and equipment, and establishing splicing and optical paths. en Lovato attended a webinar offered by the Fiber Broadband Association and learned about VETRO Kit Carson Internet deploys fiber. Sample splicing diagram in VETRO FiberMap

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