Intergraph Online Planning Portal Optimizes Fiber Optic Broadband Development

The German Government report, The Federal Government’s Broadband Strategy describes access to high-speed internet as essential to economic growth. Initiatives like the Digital Agenda for Germany and the broader European Commission strategy “Europe 2020” are promoting rapid deployment of Next Generation Access (NGA) networks to bring high-speed internet to the many homes and businesses that currently lack fast connections.

Intergraph and the consulting firm MICUS Strategieberatung GmbH offer a cloud hosted NGA Planning Portal that will contribute to the realization of improved broadband targets set out in these programs.

NGA networks replace traditional copper-based networks with fibre-optic infrastructure, which presents considerable challenges at the national, regional and local levels. Firstly, how to identify areas with inadequate bandwidth and how are they currently served? Which areas already have high-speed connection? Where is there available capacity on the fiber backbone? Then there are the tasks for planning the physical fiber broadband network.

Using the online NGA Planning Portal from Intergraph and MICUS, planners can avoid the lengthy and costly processes of enquiry, discussion, and consultation with expert opinion. Intergraph operates the powerful NGA Planning Portal platform and provides comprehensive address and building data. MICUS brings specialist algorithms for planning fiber networks and access to broadband supply and backbone data across Germany.

The NGA Planning Portal uses digital maps to unite all the necessary input data. The cloud platform serves information describing existing NGA provision and the NGA infrastructure market place as well as data for domestic and commercial properties across Germany.

“The NGA Planning Portal’s advantages for network expansion are clear," said Dr. Martin Fornefeld, managing director of MICUS Strategieberatung GmbH. "It simplifies and expedites the many administrative processes around market research and supply analysis as well as initial evaluation and preliminary design. Authorities can go straight to tender and submit funding applications.”

This modern portal solution makes it possible to undertake large-scale, even cross-regional, broadband development on a consistent basis, nationwide. By working with source data, the actual market potential for a build-out can be determined. NGA projects can be assessed quickly and easily, both internally and for external investors.

“Major build-out is capital intensive. By enhancing understanding of costs and market potential, our planning tool is a true NGA-enabler that will help bring high-speed services to poorly served areas,” concludes Maximilian Weber, EMEA senior vice president of Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure.

For more information on Intergraph’s efforts to support fiber broadband deployment, check out the projects we’re doing with Virgin Media and SIRO.

About Matthias Alisch

Born 1962, Geographer, Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), 1989-1996 freelance journalist, 1997-1998 Editor-in-Chief of a newly founded Geospatial Magazine, 1999-2015 Marketing Manager at Intergraph, since 2015 Head of Marketing, EMEA at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, located in Germany.