XL Telecom

Telecom Network Hardware Validation

XL Telecom identifies the physical hardware installed on-site. Having accurate up-to-date and clear and simple site-audit information is extremely important when planning for a network upgrade such as a 2G – 3G upgrade, Swap-out of one vendor for another, add further radio Access Technology at site, or to simply increase traffic capacity. XL Telecom is seen as complimentary to current SNMP Management System to further aid Network Management and increase efficiency and cost savings.

It is often thought that existing SNMP tools are sufficient for efficient Audit Control and field-operations. However, in reality, SNMP cannot cover all scenarios and eventualities. Sometimes you need an on-site Audit to physically record all apparatus on site. There is no other way to ensure all equipment is logged. This is often the case after roll out of new sites are completed. Roll-outs and swap-outs usually have very tight time-windows and it can be necessary to revisit sites once the network changes are completed. This is the perfect time to make a complete audit of all sites to ensure 100{eea5679fcea3f2f2b944099e3a22a6c6984f5df1c9f224020cdf77b9b7032e7e} accuracy or recorded data. Having this degree of accuracy can also assist in cost efficiency and capital savings. Ensuring all equipment at site is in use and any that is not being used can be re-distributed across the network instead of languishing unused.

For remote support, having actual digital images of a site, and all equipment at that site, is the perfect way to ensure outstanding efficiency. With XL Telecom you can send images to remote hands and indicate exactly what piece of equipment the field engineer need to access or swap.

XL Telecom:

“The clearer the communication, the smoother the operation”!

XL Telecom helps solve Key Problems Including…

  • Equipment Audit will not show non-manageable devices
  • Passive devices will not show up
  • There may be restricted access with the access-lists or these could be set-up incorrectly
  • SNMP Community strings are not always correct and may not respond with any data.
  • The serial number that is collected could be mid plane and not the actual box serial number.
  • If the network is bridged then you might not have access.
  • Cisco requires the actual serial number of the equipment involved, this cannot always be verified.
  • Parts get swapped regularly due to an in and out quick fix and the correct details are not followed-up later on.
  • The engineers and survey people need to be experienced to obtain the correct data.
  • Equipment that is dead or switched-off will not be included.
  • People co-sharing rack space may not actually have the agreements in place.
  • Currently it is not easy to have a quick and easy view of Multi RAT sites (radio access technology). XL Telecom will allow a combined audit of all technologies on-site. At a glance you will be able to check the GSM, UTRAN, repeaters, LTE, whatever equipment or technology exists on site.

Key Features

  • PDA application that accurately photographs the equipment and the GPS location is recorded.
  • This will include the serial number, IP address information and equipment make and type.
  • The PDA interface is designed to easily select the inventory from a predefined list of actual assets.
  • All data is collected real-time and provided to a Web based Portal.
  • The Portal will display the assets on a Google map and will allow you to hover over the cell tower location and the equipment list will be provided.
  • Individual photos and detail are provided and can be displayed at any time to verify the data collected in the field.
  • Any faults, alarms, security or hazard information can be reported and logged via the PDA to the portal.
  • There are various reporting options available to allow for a complete set records to be exported or printed.
  • For sites where mains power is not available there is the ability to photograph the generator, log the generator type and serial number(s) and indicate “last gas tank fill” to show approximate remaining run-time at site.