By Laurie Spiegel, 30 August, 2016.

Over the summer break, my team traveled to California for the Esri International User Conference 2016. We met partners as well as traditional and non-telco customers to discuss how we are rethinking network planning using geospatial technology and what it means to them. Our focal point for this event is Ericsson Network Engineer, a scalable, network management system built on Esri’s Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. 


GIS has been embraced by most industry and public sectors as a fundamental tool to understanding the geospatial relationships among important aspects of the enterprise.  While purpose-built for the communications industry, Ericsson Network Engineer leverages Esri technology to assist not only telcos in managing their physical networks and circuits, but also utility and transport companies and government agencies.

In San Diego, we had quite a few discussions about how Ericsson is leveraging the lastest Esri features such as the Portal for ArcGIS. We use the Portal to enable more effective distribution of geospatial data to anyone, anywhere – from field workers to executives.  Moving beyond a ”system of record”, Ericsson Network Engineer is now becoming a ”system of engagement” that exposes current and authoritative content to the Portal to be used by organizations throughout and beyond the enterprise.  

The scalable solution provides for effective data sharing and empowers knowledge workers, executives and remote employees, and promotes enterprise-wide integration and even public engagement. Network and other private or public geospatial data can be combined and presented via web and mobile apps. Designed to help network planners organize and share information about their network, others throughout the organization can access real-time up-to-date map-oriented information to enable better decision making for network planning, service restoration and field enablement, and to monetize network assets. 

Another area we discussed was our partnering work with IBM for integrated asset management. I’ve already written an article about how the integration of Ericsson Network Engineer with IBM Maximo provides a full lifecycle view of network assets.  With this solution, we are enabling network operators to work more efficiently, optimize spending and meet demand for increased capacity. This is especially valuable as, each and every day, operators collectively manage trillions of dollars’ worth of network assets.

By promoting geospatial technology enterprise-wide, telcos and others across all industries can manage their networks more efficiently by:

•    Automating design and work order management functions to save time and money
•    Streamlining all network-related operations using one centralized application
•    Visualizing the network on any device by any authorized user to control cost and manage risk

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Written by Laurie Spiegel

Laurie Spiegel is Director of Product Marketing supporting the Ericsson OSS/BSS Agility Suite. Laurie is currently focused on service and resource management solutions for greater network and service agility. Her expertise in technology, operations, and systems comes from her many years leading consulting engagements helping service providers develop, assess and execute strategies such as network modernization, market entry and new service deployment.