What is a telecom network map?
A telecom network map (or a fiber route network map) allows service providers to view a graphical representation of their networks, including microwaves, RAN, SDH, MPLS and SONET platforms.
Users of VC4’s Inventory & Management System (IMS) can see these within the software and will be able to view different types of objects placed on the maps – for example equipment, connections, links to other maps and DDF/ODF information.
Each of the objects displayed in a telecom network map will come from the central database, with IMS automatically drawing connections between them.
As these diagrams are interactive, each object can be opened directly from the map view. The below images explain this in a little more detail:
Geographical Representation of a Network map
By selecting the ‘show geographic’ menu option, IMS users will be able to see network maps showing the latitude or longitude information relating to a network, while simultaneously managing fiber connection routes.
Network Map functionalities
Telecom network maps feature a whole host of options and functionalities. Here, we’ve listed six of the main ones:
1. Connection types
Users can decide which types of connection are needed between networks by viewing the graphical maps in IMS.
For instance, in a SONET network map, OC192, OC48, OC12 and OC3 connections can be seen, while in an SDH representation, users will be able to manage STM64, STM16, STM4 and STM1 links.
In addition, a MPLS telecom network map will show information relating to 100GB, 10GB, 1GBE, 100MB and 10MB connections.
2. Highlighting connections
Connections and network layers can be easily highlighted within any of these maps with a dotted line showing the link between them.
All network connection layers can be highlighted. For example VLAN or 2MB.
3. View additional information
IMS users managing telecom network maps with the software will also be able to see a list of tick boxes at the left-hand side of their screen – they can select these to switch different types of information on and off. For example:
- IP addresses
- Capacity information
- Node details (location code; lat/long; management address)
- Connection name
4. All lines
If there is more than one connection between nodes, Inventory & Management System users can choose to view these as one line, or separate ones depending on their preferences.
There are also several navigation options relating to telecom network maps in IMS, with users able to zoom in and out of both normal and geographical views
Objects can be added, moved, repositioned and deleted within each telecom network map, as long as users have the right permissions to do so.
Contact a member of the VC4 team on +31 72 5621771 or at firstname.lastname@example.org today if you’d like to learn more about how better understanding of telecom network maps could help your business.