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Can Network Designing Be Efficient and Affordable?

By June 14, 2024Telecommunications

Designing broadband networks presents a unique set of challenges with every new project. Each investment requires careful consideration of various configuration scenarios, all while balancing the budget and keeping the estimated ROI schedule in mind.

Manual network design often falls short in allowing for a thorough analysis to determine the optimal cost-to-network-reach ratio. Read on to discover how Automated Design Optimization solutions can streamline this process and save you time and money.

Limitations of Manual Network Design

Manual network design involves conducting complex analyses using extensive and varied data, which is both time-consuming and prone to errors. Many decisions rely heavily on experience and guesswork, making it difficult to ensure the chosen design is optimal.

Additionally, manual design is challenging to scale and adapt quickly to changes, leaving no guarantee that the selected variant maximally leverages the available infrastructure.


Are GIS Solutions Enough to Design Networks?

GIS solutions are a solid starting point for HFC and FTTx network design and cost estimation. However, these systems fall short when it comes to quickly analyzing and comparing different design scenarios, making them insufficient on their own.

Alternatives to Manual Network Design

The limitations and time-consuming nature of manual design become more pronounced with the growing demand for high-bandwidth networks. This challenge is compounded by the scale of network expansion investments and the shortage of qualified designers.

Modern technologies offer a solution by providing faster access to key data and automating processes, thereby enhancing efficiency.

Benefits of Automated Network Design

Quickly Create Multiple Design Scenarios and Cost Estimates

Network design automation tools enable you to swiftly generate various design scenarios, complete with detailed lists of labor and material costs.

By integrating with other systems, such as network inventory management systems, you can base your designs on up-to-date information stored within them.


Automation can reduce design time by up to 85%, providing more reliable estimates based on real data. This accuracy is crucial when applying for public funding or submitting competitive proposals to clients, as inaccurate cost estimates can lead to lost deals or unprofitable projects.

Achieve the Most Optimal Design

Automation allows you to quickly generate and compare multiple project scenarios, considering different network elements, configurations, and areas. This process helps you identify and refine the most optimal design.

By eliminating the burden of manual design, automation provides the freedom to experiment and ensures the implementation of the best possible option.

Easily Secure Funding and Respond to Clients Faster

Funding procedures often come with tight deadlines. Automating your design and cost estimation processes helps you meet these timeframes more efficiently.

Precise estimations also enhance your ability to win tenders that prioritize cost criteria, allowing you to respond to clients more quickly and effectively.

Generate Network Design Scenarios in Minutes with NetVersant Designer

We recently introduced a new solution to our portfolio: NetVersant Designer, a software that automates HFC and FTTx network design.

With NetVersant Designer, you can rapidly design networks and select optimal configurations, which can then be used to create detailed construction documents. Our tool also allows for the comparison of required labor and materials across different design scenarios.

This capability not only saves time but also enhances the efficiency of the design process, ultimately reducing design and construction costs while accelerating the entire investment timeline.

We are already working on further developments, integrating NetVersant Designer with our network inventory systems to allow direct utilization of stored data.