Telecom infrastructure is the physical network providing telecommunications services to cities, towns, and even whole countries. Telecom is one of the fastest-changing industries in the world, particularly among underdeveloped countries that are in the midst of never-before-seen connectivity booms.
Telecom infrastructure tends to be focused on one of two areas: Voice Networks and Data Networks. Each has a foundational core, a series of access points positioned on bridges or other physical landmarks, and final touchpoints (often buried or pole-wired) that act as the end-providers of telecom service to consumers and businesses alike. At its current pace, telecom technology is progressing faster than its infrastructure can keep up with.
One of the ways in which new technologies are gradually improving the overall infrastructure supporting both voice and data networks is through fiber optic cabling. Where terrain permits, upgrading networks from copper and/or steel wiring to innovative fiber optic cabling enables higher speeds and fewer interruptions in service. A primary benefit of fiber is that it can often run the same routes existing wired infrastructure follows, although some updating is usually required. For example, a fiber-focused telecom company may acquire an older, local telecom provider and thus hire a bridge-attached cabling expert like Aptus to help modify the existing wire housings that span a vehicular bridge.
In some cases, coaxial television wires are being interconnected with fiber technology to provide for broadband capability; this, in turn, permits more downstream consumers to access the telecom utility without nearby wiring or touchpoints. Broadband is an important element for forward-thinking telecoms as it allows usage to scale along with the adoption of new technologies. Consider that a few decades ago, streaming videos over a wireless network was a novel, but unheard of, idea.
One of the drivers behind key infrastructure projects within telecom is the merging between telecom utility companies. In addition to private mergers, many public utilities are exploring ways to piggyback off of the infrastructure networks of technology startups, and vice versa. The industry is becoming more symbiotic as finding available real estate for physical infrastructure as well as the cost of new physical systems become prohibitive.
Aptus is a leader in bridge-attached telecom utilities. Our work with telecom providers across the U.S. – from private ISPs to public radio networks – has been integral to the overall growth of the industry. Where telecom thrives, infrastructure must be a consideration.
Ours is a turnkey approach to bridge utility projects. For telecom companies, that often means working with Aptus to design, procure, and construct all necessary elements of a new wiring system. In other cases, that means determining the best way to reuse and adapt existing infrastructure on bridges to accommodate changing technological requirements.