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Telecommunications Solutions

The Smallworld Network Inventory product provides a consolidated cross-technology end-to-end view of the 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 services of the logical network.

Exploiting GE's leading-edge capability to capture and visualize complex spatial data, this powerful technology enables you to plan, build, and maintain your network infrastructure and to effectively manage the capacity available to provide services to your customers. As a result, you are able to utilize your network resources more cost effectively, providing and maintaining services to your customers more quickly and efficiently.

The Smallworld Network Inventory system is an integral part of the Operations Support Systems (OSS) environment supporting critical business processes. Open access to the comprehensive physical and logical network model plays a vital role in the planning and engineering, service fulfilment and service assurance processes.

The result is a solution that allows service providers to fully
leverage the valuable investment made in their network
infrastructure.

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

Customer Benefits
Customers have realized a number of benefits across the business process supported by Smallworld Network inventory. These benefits include:

  • Up to 20% reduction in new build costs due to better utilization of network resources
  • Up to 30% reduction in planning time through accurate integrated physical and logical inventory
  • Up to 40% productivity improvements in network design through process automation
  • Up to 15% workforce productivity improvements through streamlined as-built update processes
  • Up to 50% savings in provisioning time through automating previously manual processes for physical path assignment
  • Up to 25% reduction in network downtime through rapid response to network alarms to locate faulty equipment accurately
  • Industry Coverage

    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

    FTTX Operators
    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

    Mobile Operators
    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
    Business Process

    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.

     

    Full Life-Cycle Support
    Strategic Planning: Smallworld Geospatial Analysis provides users with visualization, query, analysis, and reporting capabilities that allow strategic planners to make informed decisions about where new capacity is required or where the most cost-effective area is to roll out a new technology offering to customers.
    • Benefit: Through better utilization of existing network resources, new build costs can be reduced by as much as 20%.

    Network Planning: Physical Network Inventory supplies the network data and location-based information that is fundamental for calculating rollout costs. Using the network data, optimization engines can quickly compare network designs and technology choices.
    • Benefit: Through optimization of the strategy to roll out to higher value areas first, it is possible to increase revenues by more than 10% for the same initial deployment cost.

    Network Design: Physical Network Inventory provides the capabilities to design the required network changes whether for a copper, fiber or coaxial-based CATV network, and provides automated design functionality to quickly design the required network changes. An extension to Physical Network Inventory delivers an automated solution for FTTH design.
    • Benefit: Operators deploying the Smallworld FTTH Module have seen an increase in productivity of around 40% for their network designers.

    Network Build: At the end of the network build process, it is vital that the final as-built situation in the field is correctly reflected back in the inventory. GE's MapFrame™ FieldSmart solution allows crews to electronically update the designed network with the final as-built and to share those changes with back office users.
    • Benefit: Automation of this as-built update process has resulted in productivity savings of up to 15% for operators, and GE's Field Force Automation capability enables mobile workforce management, advanced scheduling, and route optimization, which can deliver savings of more than 50%.

    Service Fulfillment: It is vital to be able to respond to service requests as quickly and efficiently as possible. For wired networks there must be a physical path available to connect the customer to the existing network. This can be automated with Smallworld Physical Resource Assignment (PRA). When a service request is received, PRA identifies the customer's serving terminal and determines the physical path upstream to a main serving location.
    • Benefit: Reduce service qualification process from days to minutes and realize savings of $2M per year.

    Service Assurance: An efficient service assurance process is critical in maintaining your customer's satisfaction. The Smallworld Network Inventory provides vital data and functionality to enable efficient service assurance processes.
    • Benefit: Reduce network downtime by 25% through access to network data and functionality to quickly locate network faults.

    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:
  • Incumbent, large-scale telecom operators such as Deutsche Telekom, Swisscom, Telstra, Telmex, Chorus, Slovak Telekom, Croatia Telekom, Kazakhstan Telecom and Telkom South Africa
  • Long distance business-focused service providers such as Syringa Networks, Euroweb and SSE Telecoms
  • Competitive local service providers such as Vodafone New Zealand, MetroWEB, KDDI, Netia, Fastweb, StarHub and netcologne
  • Innovative cable television companies such as Unity Media, Cox Communications and ONO
  • Mobile network operators such as Orange and Bharti Airtel

    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.
  • Partners

    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.
    Smallworld 5: Architected for the Future

    Geospatial data forms the foundation of critical business processes. Smallworld 5 extends the reach of geospatial data across the organization and its user communities through solutions enabling users to utilize and work with data anytime, anywhere. Smallworld has provided focused solutions to utilities and telecommunication operators for 25 years, continuously delivering new benefits and cost savings while scaling to support the needs of the world’s largest organizations.

     

    GE’s continued adoption of the latest technology standards enables further cost savings through:
    • Straightforward system integration through open standard technologies
    • Faster, smarter decisions supported across the enterprise through modern web and mobile technologies
    • Increased user productivity through technology focused on a modern user experience
    • Opening the Smallworld technology stack to Java development creates the potential to reduce IT costs by up to 15%
    • Straightforward and easy upgrades

     

    What is changing with the release of Smallworld 5?
    • A technology refresh for all applications based on Smallworld Core Spatial Technology
    • Adoption of Java Virtual machine & improvements to the Smallworld user interface
    • Preserves investments by GE, partners and customers in Magik developments while providing new platform capable of leveraging the Java development ecosystem

    Driving Utility and Telecom Operator process efficiency across the enterprise through access to geospatial and asset data anytime, anywhere.

    Physical Network Inventory

    Smallworld Physical Network Inventory models the entire physical network for wired and wireless networks, both inside and outside plant, supporting multiple communications technologies and equipment from multiple vendors.

    Learn more about Smallworld Physical Network Inventory.
    Logical Network Inventory

    Smallworld Logical Network Inventory designs and documents the network elements, circuits and services that make up the logical network that runs across the physical network to provide service to end customers.

    Learn more about Smallworld Logical Network Inventory.

    Network Inventory Gateway
    Smallworld Network Inventory

    Smallworld Network Inventory Gateway provides Internet and
    Intranet access to the data in the Smallworld Network Inventory database.

    Learn more about Smallworld Network Inventory Gateway.
    Physical Resource Assignment

    Smallworld Physical Resource Assignment enables fully automated physical path assignment to support service qualification and service fulfillment.

    Learn more about Smallworld Physical Resource Assignment.