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Telecom – Cable management system

Ramesh Nathawani
Tata Infotech
In a company providing telecom services, the most frequently asked questions are:

  • Where are the subscriber locations from which complaints have been reported today?
  • Where is the nearest pillar/DP from which a new connection can be provided?
  • Where are the pillars/DP/Cables with spare capacity?
  • Where to locate the next pillar/DP?

GIS Solution from Tata Infotech Limited for telecom cable management is the product OPTIMUS (Outside PlanT Information Management and Upkeep System). This product provides an answer to these questions and much more. OPTIMUS is developed using MapInfo GIS suite of products.

OPTIMUS is a decision support tool designed specifically for management of telecom networks of any size, based on the synergy of digital maps, cable diagrams, databases and using GIS technology. With accurate, instant and transparent vision of ground and underground dynamics of your problem, OPTIMUS facilitates your swift decisions on key aspects such as new connections, fault locations, allotment of jobs in complaint areas, etc. and relieves you from dependence on other sources for critical information.

It maintains information about the following entities:

MDF: information on # of equipped verticals, pillars, DPs, terminations; working, faulty, spare lines, etc
Pillar: information on Pillar number, size, type location, terminations; working, spare, faulty, etc.
DP: information on DP number, size, type location, terminations; working, spare, faulty, etc.
Cable: primary or secondary, size, type, length, gauge; working, spare, faulty, etc.
Subscriber: information on telephone #, name, address; vertical, terminal block, pillar #, DP #, DP tag, CT box tag; OH line type, length, span, etc.

Optimus Features
The core features of the product are tracing faulty cable pair from exchange to subscriber, point and click information on spare capacity of an entity, connectivity details of each cable pair, find and view of an entity, locating a subscriber, information of stumped cables, transfer of subscriber, exchange and pillar area demarcation, etc.

Excellent editing tools are provided for creating and maintaining the cable network using the appropriate symbols to depict the different entities. All the corresponding information of the entities is stored in the database efficiently for easy retrieval, update and backup. OPTIMUS uses the information from the existing Fault Report System and hence the data is not duplicated.

OPTIMUS generates very good thematics for Cable Size, Type & Capacity, Pillar Size & Capacity, Subscriber Types & Nature of connection, etc.

OPTIMUS generates standard reports and some statistical reports. Some of the reports that it generates are:

  • MDF card
  • Pillar Card
  • DP Card
  • CUC statement
  • CKM & SKM statement

System Architecture
The diagram below depicts the system architecture for the cable management system for telecom.

System Architecture

System Requirements


PC Pentium
Memory 16 MB (min), recommended 32 MB
Monitor 14″ SVGA (min), recommended 17″ SVGA
Display SVGA with 2MB RAM
Hard Disk 2 GB (min), recommended 3 GB
CD-ROM 24x
Floppy Drive 31/2 ”
Keyboard, Mouse standard type


OS Win 95
GIS MapInfo Professional ver 5.x or higher
Database Native MapInfo
Application Optimus product


Map Town / City maps at 1:10,000 scale or higher in digital form OR on paper
Cable Cable diagrams and related attribute data

Benefits of GIS in Telecom

  • Decision support tool for network management
  • Increases organization’s overall efficiency
  • Saves time and effort
  • Provides competitive edge
  • Higher level of customer satisfaction

Customer Reference
Recently, OPTIMUS based cable management system has been implemented at Department of Telecom, Shimoga, Karnataka in partnership with M/s Infodesk Technologies Private Ltd., one of our premier partners. The capacity of the exchange is more than 10,000 lines with about 6,000 subscribers.