HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, June 14, 2017
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure presented Bell Canada with an Icon Award for Bell’s efforts to increase high-speed internet access in its service territory through quicker rollout of fiber networks. Announced at HxGN LIVE, Hexagon’s annual conference, the Icon Awards are Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s highest customer award, presented for visionary use of software to significantly benefit customers and communities.
Bell Canada is a major telecommunications company in Canada. In response to increasing customer expectations for faster broadband services, such as residential and business Internet, residential and business television, video on demand and data services, Bell has been investing hundreds of millions of dollars annually upgrading its infrastructure with fiber. However, as the rollout of fiber networks increased, legacy systems and practices failed to keep pace with demand. Bell designers worked with a number of local computer-aided design tools and needed to recreate “as-build” plans in the geographic information system (GIS), which introduced delays in updating engineering records.
Bell selected Hexagon’s Intergraph G/Technology Fiber Optic Works to better manage its fiber networks. With it, Bell has improved productivity by reducing redundant data entry and eliminating paper plans. A key component is the system’s “fiber design assist” functionality, which enables rapid, automated fiber design with minimal user interaction. By reducing the time from network design to provisioned service, Bell can deliver high-speed access to customers quickly, thus improving its competitiveness.
“Bell Canada is a pioneer in its use of fiber design automation,” said Steven Cost, president, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. “We are proud to support Bell’s efforts to improve access to high-speed internet service and congratulate the company on its 2017 Icon Award.”
Bell joins Bayernwerk, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command and Uttar Pradesh Police as 2017 Icon Award winners.
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure helps utilities and communications companies achieve greater reliability, increase efficiency and fulfill the expectations of customers, shareholders and regulators. A pioneer in the development and application of location-based technology, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure has provided solutions to hundreds of utilities and communications customers around the globe for 40 years, supporting network engineering, network operations, customer services, sales and marketing and physical security.