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How to manage dedicated fiber deployment in the enterprise: a guide from FibreConnect

23 August 2023 | Insights, News

The implementation of dedicated fiber optics in the enterprise represents a significant breakthrough in optimizing connectivity and increasing performance. To date, it is the only technology that can guarantee a fast and stable connection, and is therefore a key investment in business efficiency and competitiveness.

This article is intended to be a mini-guide, in a few simple steps, to help entrepreneurs who are considering the implementation of dedicated fiber optics in the enterprise. We will take an overview of all the elements to consider, starting with planning, continuing with installation, and concluding with migration of existing services.

Step 1: Assess business needs

The first step in implementing fiber optics is to carefully assess your company’s needs. First, then, we recommend that you have a clear overview of the number of employees, connected devices, and the volume of data transmitted daily. Even at this stage, it is also good to think in terms of growth perspective in terms of human resources and devices.

It also identifies critical business applications and assesses security requirements to protect sensitive data.
This detailed analysis will help you determine the bandwidth you need and choose the right fiber optic plan for your company’s needs.

Step 2: Network and goal planning

Once the business needs are understood, it is critical to carefully plan the network structure and define implementation goals. This planning can be carried out in a timely manner with the help of an Internet service provider who can design a detailed plan, including coverage of all company buildings or affected locations.

Consider upgrading existing network equipment and set clear performance goals that you wish to achieve with fiber deployment.

It also carefully assesses the future needs of the company and plans for network scalability during this phase. Fiber optics allows greater data throughput than other technologies, so planning a network that can support business growth over time is essential.

Step 3: Choose a reliable service provider

Choosing a fiber optic service provider is a crucial step in ensuring a smooth deployment and reliable connectivity. Do extensive research and evaluate different options available in your area. Consider the reputation of the provider, the variety of services and level of support offered, the quality of the network, and scalability options for the future.
Consult with other companies or industry professionals to get feedback on experiences with potential suppliers. Choose a provider with a proven track record of providing fiber optic services to businesses similar to yours so that you get the most value from your investment.

Step 4: Plan the installation

Once the service provider has been selected, carefully plan the installation of dedicated fiber optics. Coordinate with the vendor team to establish a convenient date for installation. During this phase, promptly notify internal users of temporary interruption of services during installation and plan reorganization of business activities to minimize the impact.

The involvement of corporate IT staff can be crucial to ensuring a smooth transition. Make sure the IT team is briefed on the installation procedure and is prepared to deal with any problems that might occur.

Step 5: Fiber optic installation

During installation, ensure that the service provider’s team is led by experienced professionals with expertise in managing fiber optic installations. Verify that all cables are laid correctly, without excessive kinks or stress points, so as to avoid future connectivity problems.
In addition, it is important that the supplier’s technicians conduct a visual check of the quality of the installation to ensure that all components are properly connected and functioning.

Step 6: Check and test the connection

After installation, run a connection check and test to make sure everything is working properly. Measure data transfer rate and latency to make sure the connection meets planned performance goals. Address any problems encountered in a timely manner, working closely with the service provider to resolve them.
This testing phase may take some time, but it is essential to ensure the full functionality of the network and to identify and resolve any problems before they become critical.

Step 7: Migration of existing services

Once dedicated fiber has been successfully installed and tested, it is time to migrate existing services to the new network. This phase requires detailed planning and effective communication with the staff involved. Ensure that all services, applications, and devices are properly configured for the new connectivity. Closely monitor the migration process to identify any problems and resolve them quickly.

Involve the IT team to address service migration challenges and offer support and training to staff as needed. During this phase, remember to communicate to end users all necessary information about the migration and the changes that will take place, so as to minimize inconvenience.

Step 8: Implementation of security measures

Finally, don’t forget to implement appropriate security measures to protect your network and sensitive company data. Consider using firewalls, data encryption and other security solutions to mitigate potential threats and protect your network from outside attacks.

Involve the IT security team to ensure that all configurations are correct and security updates are made regularly to keep your network protected and safe from potential vulnerabilities.

The implementation of dedicated fiber optics is a strategic choice that skills innovation and competitiveness but requires planning, attention to detail and collaboration with experienced professionals.

With dedicated fiber optics, your company will be ready to meet the challenges of the markets and can look forward to the future with confidence.