Category: Telecommunications

Telecommunications Resource Center Migrated

As many of you may have seen, the original Resource Center ( has been retired and we have migrated the Telecommunications Content to the new ArcGIS 10 Resource Center ( 

At the time of writing this post the top level link has still not made it onto the main page but will be added soon. Until then the Telecommunications Resource Center can be accessed here.



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Custom Serviceability Application

I wanted to share some code that’s been burning a hole in my back pocket for a while now…

For any of you who follow the Esri Telecommunications blog you have probably already seen the Fiber Service Analysis Dashboard Template (that’s a mouthful). This template was released earlier this year based on the, at the time, “Sample Flex Viewer”. However given the intended users of this application I’ve always felt this needed to be more of a focused, almost simpler & cleaner application.

So a while back i wrote a custom version of the application with those thoughts in mind and that’s what I’ve just made available for viewing and download on the Telecom group.

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Telecom Editing Tools Performance Improvements

Just a quick release update…

We have updated the 10 version of the Fiber Editing Tools to resolve a performance issue that was occurring on cable and device creation. The code has now been profiled to remove an issue that was slowing down all object creation. All cable and device creation times are now sub second even with larger cable configurations such as 12×144.

No other functional or data model changes were made.

The update is available as usual via

Please remove any previous installation of the tools before installing this updated version.



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RF Prediction Cleanup Tools – Part 1

This article aims to introduce some of the standard geoprocessing tools that can be used to cleanup radio signal propagation data produced by various Radio Frequency (RF) design and planning tools.

Wireless carriers generate an immense about of RF planning information with predictions of signal strength, best server, 2nd best server, adjacent & co-channel interference, handover information etc This initially raster format information is used by engineering groups to identify under served areas, areas with poor Quality of Service, areas with limited capacity and a variety of other uses.

While RF prediction data is generated for engineering purposes it is ultimately reused and exposed to the roaming partners, external organizations and the general public (via coverage locator apps etc). For such uses however the level of detail must be simplified both for competitive reasons and for making a clear and simple picture of the organizations service territory.

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ArcGIS 10 Fiber Tools Enterprise GDB Setup

This blog entry details the recommended steps to create a correctly configured enterprise database environment for use with the fiber editing tools…

The fiber editing tools have been designed to work against file based or enterprise geodatabase environments. To use the tools with an enterprise setup an empty enterprise level database must be configured with the Telecom Object Model schema in the correct spatial projection for your area.

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9.3.1 Fiber Network Editing Template install updated

A few minor bugs fixes have been incorporated into the 9.3.1 version of the Fiber Network Editing Template. The bugs fixed are:

  • Device Connections Editor dialog not showing under certain circumstances.
  • Device Connections Editor connection information not being saved on clicking the update button.

The update is available here.

Keep the feedback coming



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Telecommunications Data Model and Tools for ArcGIS 10

Many users have been asking for an ArcGIS 10 based release of the Fiber Editing Tools…

We are please to announce the release of an updated Telecommunications Data Model and desktop tools for ArcGIS 10. This release ports the previous 9.3.1 data model and tools to the 10 platform, adds minor improvements to the fiber editing dialogs, and fixes several minor bugs.

Productivity Enhancements

With the ArcGIS 10 release the editing experience has been streamlined through the use of edit templates, giving users easy access to palettes of features, for quick and easy sketch based editing. The down-loadable package includes a map document pre-configured with a default palette and template tools for editing the network features.

Data Model Changes

The release includes one data model change involving the addition of a text based NAME field to all items of equipment, cable and conduit. This field was requested by several in the community to allow for free form labeling and identification of assets. A GP model has been included to help upgrade any existing databases for this additional field. Telecommunications Group

We have also created a new group on providing access to applications, tools, and content stored on the ArcGISOnline system. This is a public group intended to allow any users to upload and share valuable content and applications with the telecommunications community. Please feel free to use or contribute to the materials posted here.

Updated Data Model and Tools

The updated data model materials are located here.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, issues or suggestions.


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Announcing the Telecommunications Resource Center

Note: All Telecommunications Resource Center materials are now available through the group Esri GIS for Telecommunications. This group also contains links to other sources of data and web applications that you may find useful.


We’re pleased to announce the release of another industry resource center!  The Telecommunications Resource Center is a place where you can find industry templates built with core ESRI technology. 

We’ve posted three initial templates that will receive updates over time. We’ll also be posting other templates for other areas of the industry in the near future. In this initial release of the resource center materials you’ll find:

The intent of this Resource Center is to foster the community of Telecommunications GIS Users. We encourage you to download the templates and upload your own content. Our goal is to promote best practices in the configuration of ESRI software to support this industry. 

We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions.  You can either post comments to this blog or e-mail us at


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Welcome to the Telecommunications Resource Center Blog!

ESRI is pleased to announce the release of the telecommunications resource center blog.

In this blog we’ll be posting and sharing information related to ESRI products and capabilities that are relevant and beneficial to the telecommunications community. We will also post information about upcoming events, tips and tricks, and general information that we hope you will find useful in your work.

This forum is also a chance for you to share your work with the community, tell us your thoughts on the materials we release, make specific requests, and generally tell us how ESRI and our partners can help you be more successful in the work you do.

The resource materials will be updated often so please check back on a regular basis or subscribe to the RSS feed by clicking on the RSS link above.

For those new to the ESRI telecommunications sector or GIS, check out:

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