The business case for Duct and Pole Access (DPA)
With ~80% of a typical Communications Service Providers (CSP) CapEx costs attributable to network build, DPA represents big news.
To support CSPs in exploiting this emerging opportunity, Flomatik are BTOR accredited and are conducting both residential and business FttX DPA surveys and analysis for various Tier 1 and Tier 2 UK operators.
The result? Two of our recently completed DPA projects uncovered a potential for ~60% reduction in the cost per premise* using DPA shared infrastructure (space rental), when compared to building network with more traditional civil construction methods. Further, that this analysis represents a modest investment at <3% of the CapEx required for a traditional NGA network build.
And with the first of our clients’ Access Applications approved by BTOR, DPA is fast becoming a viable and attractive option for forward thinking CSPs.
Flomatik are both a BTOR Accreditor and BTOR accredited
Flomatik have an extensive understanding of BTOR infrastructure and the entire, somewhat convoluted DPA application process; valuable prerequisites when undertaking DPA survey and analysis for CSPs.
To realise each project, Flomatik provides its clients with a dedicated BTOR Accreditor and accredited team of Survey and Planning Engineers.
Each turnkey project is delivered within a PMO framework and supported by specialist Project Managers. The team handles all DPA activities and surveys, starting with the DPA mapping applications, BTOR portal applications and through to the submission of the meticulously completed BTOR survey sheets, to ultimately deliver detailed summary reports for the client.
With our unique, practical experience of network planning with various technologies, architectures and business models, Ofcom acknowledges and consults with Flomatik as a leading player in the DPA movement; and working alongside Ofcom with CSPs, construction companies and technology tool suppliers, Flomatik continually develops its knowledge, processes and service offerings in this area, to bring valuable competitive advantage for its clients.
We use tools and automation
With a bespoke development of the LatLonGO® mobile GIS software, integrated to our core QGIS application and loaded with Ordnance Survey (OS) base maps, we acquire the existing BTOR network records, cleanse them and augment this inventory view with real-world survey data. This efficient, automation-led process enables Flomatik to realise high quality, repeatable surveys, backed up by clear, image-rich and geo-tagged records.
Following detailed analysis clients are provided with a combination of map-based utilisation diagrams, highlighting both the usable and non-usable routes in each area or design, along with fuller summary reports that identify the overall DPA usage opportunities and other key network build information.
We optimise design
To take maximum advantage of existing BTOR DPA capacity, Flomatik can create the network design proposals from scratch, or optimise existing client designs as required.
We deliver a business case
Full technical business cases are offered to ambitious CSPs that seek to make swift decisions within time-pressured implementations. These might be for DPA exclusively, or combine a part-DPA build with elements of more traditional construction.
DPA surveys for all operators
With Flomatik’s extensive network planning experience, BTOR accreditation, national survey and planning resources, and bespoke, automated workflow, we have the expertise to support any size of operator wanting to utilise DPA now.
In just four to six weeks, you could have a business case decision ready and an application for DPA submitted to BTOR – perhaps achieving a material market lead on your competitors.
*Assumes national average rate for civil engineering.