With the goal of giving 75% of New Zealanders fast broadband by end of 2019, Northpower Fibre is one of four companies in the government-funded Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative. By end of 2022 the goal is to reach 87% of the population, so Northpower Fibre knows that they have to expand – fast.
- Managing a high uptake while utilizing a small team and limited resources
- Transitioning from reactive to proactive network operations
- Reducing the need for back office assistance for field resources
- Strong focus on network automation
- Continuous improvement of performance monitoring capabilities
- Incorporate Netadmin into the existing service-oriented architecture as a network abstraction layer, enabling vendor agnostic provisioning automation and monitoring
Northpower Fibre uses an open access business model, with more than 20 active retail service providers offering their services in the network. The service providers range from local companies to the largest telecommunication brands in New Zealand. As part of enabling new service providers to deliver their services on Northpower Fibre’s network, they have to go through an on-boarding process. This ensures that the technical network aspects have been thoroughly tested, staff have been trained and the Netadmin integration has been configured properly. This will guarantee that the end-customer will always get the services they ordered.
Reactive to proactive network operations
Before Netadmin, most provisioning operations were performed manually. Back then, the majority of orders had new connections and the number of faults was low. With a growing network, the nature of the work changed and today 70% of all provisioning related work is relating to churn rate, reconnects, disconnections and bandwidth upgrades. The number of faults increased in parallel with the growth of the network and the operations team had to adapt to manage the demand.
“It was clear to me that we had to invest in process automation to get out of the fire-fighting mentality and shift into a more proactive network management approach which allows us to focus on ‘keeping the lights on’ and provide an outstanding customer experience,” says Andreas Åström, Networks Manager (Layer 2) at Northpower Fibre.
Automation and in-field provisioning for fiber installers, together with self-service tools such as network diagnostics for service providers, have proven invaluable in managing the daily interactions with thousands of users, without having to increase the headcount.
“The infield toolset has been an important part of the puzzle in reducing the need for back office assistance,” Åström says.