With the maturing of fiber networks, “rights of ways” are more congested than ever before and the permitting and build process cycle times, are more difficult and longer in duration. With the current Connect America Fund focused on expanding broadband in rural areas, the scope of projects is exceptionally large in comparison to traditional routine OSP projects that Service Providers engage in. This creates more opportunities for complex issues to arise during the design/build of OSP projects and complicates projects with additional layers of objectives and budget constraints. In OSP infrastructure builds, it is critical to be able to react to project roadblocks and keep moving forward, to be able to meet client objectives and customer demands for broadband connectivity.
This Service Provider hit a major roadblock due to joint use attachment agreements and easement issues of a cross county power line they were attaching to. This was designed to avoid geological barriers in state highway rights of way that would have been extremely expensive to mitigate. This roadblock was going to delay the project for many months and cause our client to come up short on their objectives for Connect America Fund requirements as well as delay broadband service to underserved areas, for thousands of customers.
Bonfire was able to get to work immediately, analyzing the existing customers network to identify and leverage any opportunity to provide an alternative solution that may exist. Since the fiber build was critical to long term growth and deployment strategy of this area, what was needed was a simple, low cost solution that could be deployed in a timely manner to meet our client’s objective of deploying multiple broadband sites, while the easement issues were being worked out.
Bonfire identified an existing working and protected fiber circuit that was providing bandwidth to a remote cabinet site in the right geographic area to solve the problem. We chose to utilize a passive CWDM filter to overlay a second wavelength of light onto the existing exhausted fiber cable servicing this area. By doing this we were able to add an additional 10 gigabit circuit without interrupting existing service, to deploy an ethernet aggregation device (first in network application for the customer) to provide the needed one gigabit drops to multiple broadband equipment sites beyond the roadblock area.
Why the partnership work:
Bonfire Engineering and Construction was founded on the idea of being innovative, nimble, collaborative, and to acquire the best talent in the industry. This client respects our deep and complete understanding of network infrastructure projects which drives a completely open and transparent relationship improving not only trust, but collaboration. Being able to expediently react to the clients needs or project roadblocks as soon as they happen allows this relationship to truly flourish.