We spend a lot of time talking to carriers and suppliers across the country and industry. Unfortunately, the news we’re hearing isn’t great:
A carrier in Texas mentioned that their fiber order may take up to 105 weeks - more than two years - to be delivered.
Vendors are finally able to provide certain models of routers, but the power supplies won’t be available until at least March of next year, 9 months from now!
Most of all, we’re hearing more and more of the same concerns that keep you up at night. Can our network handle normal growth for the next 2-3 years? Are we prepared to take on our anticipated growth from our grant build outs? What if we can’t get critical infrastructure when/if we need it? When should I be ordering equipment? Do we have enough spares to take us through a critical outage? And unfortunately, this list goes on and on.
We’re all worried.Fortunately, there’s good news! 7Sigma can help you plan for the future and ensure your business can get the infrastructure you need to keep your network running.
First, we can do an audit of your network and provide a Roadmap which helps identify any weak spots or issues to be aware of over the next 2-3 years. From there, we’ll compare those weak spots to what we’re hearing from suppliers about delivery times and pricing and help you come up with options.
Our Roadmaps offer insight into what you’ll need to order now - ensuring that you get what you need when you need it. We’ll identify areas where spares might be critically needed and provide opportunities to find those spares on the gray market. We’ll also help determine what you can hold off ordering or provide creative alternate short term solutions.
Additionally, our team at 7Sigma has been working with other rural providers to provide options that can work for you.
We’ve initiated having a group of 7 providers pool their resources together and create a spares list to share equipment should the need arise.
And our 7Sigma team is working with several companies to provide alternatives to the routers without power supplies available.
We don’t have a crystal ball, and we don’t know what will happen next. But we can help you solve your critical business challenges today.