Networking Planning Service

Network planning involves assisting customers to develop architectural network solutions prior to any network deployment. This may include decisions based on service type, protection schemes, current versus future upgrade potential, and many other performance parameters that require optimization. Network Planning services are also available for customers who already have a network deployed, but are looking to add new nodes and services. Customers who are unfamiliar with networks can have total confidence that Reliant will provide the optimum solution for their network requirements.

Reliant's network planning methodology involves four layers of planning, namely:

  • Business planning
  • Long-term and medium-term network planning
  • Short-term network planning
  • IT asset sourcing
  • Operations and maintenance

The network planning process begins with the acquisition of external information. This includes:

  • Forecasts of how the new network/service will operate
  • The economic information concerning costs
  • The technical details of the network’s capabilities

Once the initial decisions have been made, the network planning process involves three main steps:

  • Topological design: This stage involves determining where to place the components and how to connect them. The (topological) optimisation methods that can be used in this stage come from an area of mathematics called Graph Theory. These methods involve determining the costs of transmission and the cost of switching, and thereby determining the optimum connection matrix and location of switches and concentrators.
  • Network-synthesis: This stage involves determining the size of the components used, subject to performance criteria such as the Grade of Service.
  • Network realization: This stage involves determining how to meet capacity requirements, and ensure reliability within the network.