Major U.S. telecom player selects leading geospatial software to support ambitious fiber expansion

The initial contract provides for 240 software user licenses allowing TDS to improve construction efficiency to support its ambitious fiber network expansions

Major U.S. telecom player selects leading geospatial software to support ambitious fiber expansion
Major U.S. telecom player selects leading geospatial software to support ambitious fiber expansion

Major U.S. telecom player selects leading geospatial software to support ambitious fiber expansion

IQGeo, a developer of geospatial productivity and collaboration software for the telecom and utility industries, recently announced a major new contract with TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS) for the IQGeo Platform and Workflow Manager software. The initial contract provides for 240 software user licenses allowing TDS to improve construction efficiency to support its ambitious fiber network expansions.

TDS delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities with over 1.2 million connections. With the goal of reaching underserved customers, TDS is executing a series of fiber network projects that will benefit from the use of the IQGeo geospatial software. Fiber network construction projects are complex and involve tight coordination between internal staff and external contracted teams.

IQGeo’s Workflow Manager software will digitize and automate the construction process and management of operational records. Integrating data from other design and management applications, Workflow Manager will automate the construction task process with critical information, providing project visibility and accountability.

Ken Paker, senior vice president and chief technology officer at TDS mentioned in a press release that they selected the IQGeo software based on a wide range of criteria, but one of the key product advantages is its mobile capabilities. To properly manage construction tasks, they need a mobile app that is simple for their staff and contractors to use and works in rural areas.

Many construction areas do not have network connectivity so the geospatial workflow management and as-built capture capabilities must operate offline. Jay Cadman, General Manager of Americas for IQGeo said that they are pleased to partner with TDS in order to achieve their aggressive fiber rollout strategy. The TDS team recognizes how critical digitizing the construction process is to control costs and improving time-to-market.

Workflow Manager gives them real-time visibility on a task-by-task basis with full project reporting. Project managers can quickly assess the status of all active construction tickets and proactively address conflicts before they hit their bottom line. The IQGeo software will help keep TDS ahead of the construction curve and meet its challenging business KPIs.