GIS in Global Telecommunications

We live in a world where distance no longer holds considerable relevance. The internet and telecommunications services keep us connected to our families or businesses. The telecommunications industry has emerged as a key element of any economy, as it facilitates seamless information exchange between people and businesses. Telecom is the fifth largest and fastest-growing industry in the world but with the inclusion of advanced industry trends like 5G technology, high-speed fiber-optic networks and wireless connectivity solutions, the telecom sector must further rationalize itself in terms of operations, architecture and networks to survive the future.

How GIS plays an integral role

GIS is looked upon as one of the reliable tools to support the wireless and fiber-optic networks,proving to be a boon to the modern era of telecommunications. Advanced GIS enables telecom utilities in designing, documenting, implementing, analyzing, maintaining, and managing their network and simultaneously providing location-based information and tools for the complete infrastructure lifecycle (from feasibility study and design, FTTx design and engineering, route drafting and analysis, and permitting to the creation of As-Built drawings). A geospatial system brings all these processes together enabling telecom businesses to create models of each phase and coordinate the construction, implementation, and maintenance.

Mapping of Telecom networks and assets encompasses all possible optical fiber topologies from a telecom cable provider to customer premises based on the location of the fiber termination point. This involves site surveying, which offers details of site specifications, number and alignment of ducts, available road fibers, Lit building locations, etc. With GIS tools, all survey data are accumulated and incorporated correctly to create As-Built Drawings, construction drawings, and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). GIS escalates the company’s ability to respond to customer inquiries by using up-to-date maps and track records for service requests, trouble reports, and other customer-related services

Market Analysis and Insights: GIS In Global Telecom Sector

According to the GIS in Telecom Market Research Report 2020 by the market research firm P&S Intelligence, the revenue generated by the GIS in the telecom market was $1.3 billion in 2019 and is projected to hit $4.6 billion by 2030 at a 12.2% CAGR between 2020 and 2030 (forecast period). In the Telecommunications market, GIS is expected to grow at a substantial rate from 2021 through 2025. By 2021-2025, the market is expected to reach $ 1.13 bn, growing at a CAGR of 12.47%. Within the forecast period, the GIS market in Telecommunications is anticipated to rise at a considerable rate. The GIS in Telecom market size will be expected to reach US$ 2046 million in 2028, growing at a CAGR of 10.2%.

Telecom Market Size
Data Source: GIS in Telecom Market Report 2020,P&S Intelligence
The key factors driving the GIS in the telecom market are the soaring requirement of enhanced network connectivity in terms of its expansion and efficiency along with the provision of broadband and fiber optical services. The innovation in today’s telecommunications is largely fueled by Fiber to the X (FTTx) and 5G rollout, which offers high-speed and low-latency connectivity. GIS plays a crucial role in the network installation and capacity planning of such networks, as they need to be deeply fiberized and densely distributed.
In 2019 North America dominated the GIS telecom market as a result of the enormous demand for 5G services. With telecom companies focusing heavily on rapid technological advancements, demand for GIS is surging sharply in this region. In the forecast years, Asia-Pacific (APAC) is expected to become the world’s most lucrative GIS market for telecommunications. It is attributed to the rise in the penetration of the internet and network installation in APAC nations. Furthermore, a significant rise in investments in IT infrastructures is also expected to propel the Middle East and Africa forward in the GIS telecom market. This region is projected to register a moderate growth rate during the forecast period due to lack of skilled personnel. However, software resource augmentation services assist this region in expanding their network framework to gain a competitive edge in the international market.


Data Source: GIS in Telecom Market Report 2020,P&S Intelligence

This decade is likely to see continued investment in telecommunications projects around the world as businesses becoming more reliant on fast and efficient telecommunications infrastructures. The Indian telecom industry being the second largest in the world in terms of its size and revenue, established various private and government businesses to meet the global inflated consumer demand of the telecom sector.

AABSyS IT is a leading service provider who offers reliable and cost-effective services to the global Telecom industry. The company has deep domain expertise and strong knowledge in the telecom industry and have successfully supported several customers in Europe, Australia, US and India in FTTx design and drafting services, Architecture and Engineering (A&E) services, and Site Acquisition, Environment and Design (SAED) services with a purpose to support the leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) service providers globally in planning, designing, managing, and upgrading telecommunications networks. In the years to come, investing in geospatial data and technology will help telecommunications companies to strengthen network performance, reduce downtime and improve customer value.

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