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Network Design & Planning

A traditional network planning methodology involves five layers of planning, namely:

Each of these layers incorporates plans for different time horizons, i.e. the business planning layer determines the planning that the operator must perform to ensure that the network will perform as required for its intended life-span. The Operations and Maintenance layer, however, examines how the network will run on a day-to-day basis.

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

Planning a new network/service involves implementing the new system across the first four layers of the OSI Reference Model. Choices must be made for the protocolsand transmission technologies.

Network planning & design process involves three main steps:

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