The implementation of the network consists of three main elements; Site Acquisition, Site Build and Installation / Commissioning. Along with these, the often-omitted task which forms part of the commissioning process, is Integration which tends to pay an important role when migrating to full Next Generation IP networks.
Tellumat's experience shows that site acquisition is one of the biggest risks during network roll out, due to procedures that require extensive time. In many cases, delays such as EIA and landlord issues cause viable sites to fall by the wayside and replacements therefore have to be re-engineered. Physical site surveys may also reveal discrepancies compared to the desk-top studies, for example trees and buildings may obscure the link path. Site Acquisition is usually offered through our selected in-country partners as local knowledge plays an important role in successful achievement of this task.
Tellumat offers site build through our selected in-country implementation partners who specialize in all aspects of site facility creation, from civil works to power, air-conditioning and mast erection.
Installation and commissioning
Tellumat's projects team has several years of experience in the installations and commissioning of wireless systems. Current rollouts ensure that our processes are realistic and efficient. In some cases, we subcontract the equipment installation to a selected implementation partner although Tellumat always does the project management. Tellumat make use of our highly trained staff to perform the integration and commissioning, ensuring that the customer requirements for acceptance are met or exceeded.
Network integration is required on a number of levels including initial service activation and network management.
Under service activation, our experience has shown us that in cases where the network has either evolved or has been designed by technology specific designers, there are often challenges when it comes to activation of the envisaged service across multiple technology platforms. Highly trained personnel allow us to debug scenarios such as these timeously or even prevent them from occurring.
Integration of the network management is the second requirement in order to ensure that all the network elements can be monitored and controlled; hence it is of vital importance that the various vendors' management systems are compatible. Open standards interfaces between these layers and various network elements are required to ensure that multi-vendor equipment can be used without redesign of the adjoining layers and systems.