Exactly 10 years ago, our telecommunication network inventory system, NetStork, was launched. It has changed significantly since its first version. We introduced new functions and improvements to answer our customers’ needs. NetStork became increasingly popular and it quickly gained users outside of Poland. Let’s take a look at its history!
NetStork, Globema’s network inventory system, was created to answer the needs of small and medium operators. They were lacking a budget-friendly solution suited to their scale and requirements. In the past, we mostly implemented very complex network inventory solutions at large operators and these systems went far beyond the needs of smaller companies.
We have been gradually developing our system, observing the market and listening to the needs of new customers. We keep this work going as we have just released NetStork v12!
NetStork’s first steps
For the first two years, NetStork existed under the working title ‘Mobile Data Collector’ and it was used as an acclaimed tool for creating inventory in the field. A critical moment was when it was implemented as a network inventory system for an optic fiber network in the Tricity (Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot cities) as a part of the Tristar project.
The system, already known as NetStork, reached even more operators when we began presenting it at the largest telecommunication industry conferences in Poland:
- Metroport conference (Metroport consortium unites about 30 members – small and medium operators);
- XII iNET Meeting conference, a business event for operators from all around Poland
- XIV KIKE conference (KIKE is an association of local telco operators and has about 200 members. It provides operators with expertise as well as legal and lobbying support.)
At first, NetStork was only implemented in Poland. Our first customer still uses the system, upgrades to its latest versions, and purchases more licenses for new users.
NetStork quickly received praise from customers in Poland and abroad. Our system achieved success in different markets around Europe and North America. Currently, over 300 network operators in 12 countries use our solution. It supports 4 languages: Polish, Czech, Romanian, and English. We plan to add more languages if needed.
NetStork in selected countries throughout the years
The Polish telecommunications market is competitive, as it includes over 5000 operators. Every company tries to attract customers by offering the best services and NetStork helps to ensure service quality. Our system supports over 200 Polish companies, mostly small and medium operators that use optic fiber networks and cover from 1000 to 20 000 end customers. These operators continuously help to expand the availability of high-quality Internet services around the country.
Additionally, NetStork is successfully implemented at larger operators such as ASTA-NET, Telewizja Kablowa Chopin, SAT-FILM, and Promax. Our users also include municipal networks in Katowice, Zabrze, Sosnowiec, Gdańsk, Sopot, Gdynia, Krosno, Rzeszów, and Puławy.
Of course, NetStork goes beyond the telecommunications industry. Our system supports industrial enterprises from other sectors that own vast networks (their names are confidential).
Czechia and Slovakia
The Ket-Net company introduced NetStork to the Czech market in 2014. Ket-Net wasn’t intimidated by a new, foreign system. A breakthrough for NetStork in the Czech Republic was when we signed a contract with ISP Alliance which allowed us to reach far more users.
To Slovakia, NetStork made its way in 2016. It conquered the Slovak ISP sector with its friendly user environment, fast development, high-quality support, and error-free update implementation. Our solution became one of the most popular network inventory systems and it is used by companies such as Tlapnet, FNS, Viridium, JON, and BKOM in Czechia as well as Teatro, Imafex, and Kinet in Slovakia.
For our Czech users, we created a program based on NetStork called CBYD (Call Before You Dig). Using an Internet browser and CBYD, operators can check whether a given location is already occupied by the infrastructure of another operator.
A turning point for NetStork in Hungary came in 2019 when we signed a contract with the AccessPoint company. AccessPoint sells cables, racks, and connectors to telco companies. NetStork perfectly fits into the AccessPoint service portfolio. Our Hungarian customers include operators such as ZNET and Technotel. We plan to create a Hungarian language NetStork version if the system maintains its popularity in the market.
The first implementation of NetStork in Romania took place in 2016, at DotRO, a private company whose goal mission was to innovate the Romanian telecommunications market. DotRO, which operates throughout the country, continues to expand its reach and benefits from our services and subsequent versions of NetStork.
Apart from DotRO, NetStork customers in Romania are predominantly companies operating outside of Bucharest, using fiber-optic networks that enable high-quality Internet delivery also outside of the country’s largest urban centers.
Moldova’s telecommunications market is developing rapidly, especially in mobile telephony. The country also has one of the best-wired internet connections in the world.
The first implementation of NetStork in Moldova took place in 2018 at Moldcell company through our Globema Bucharest branch. Moldcell are innovation pioneers in their sector in the Moldovan market. The company was the first in the country to start providing 3G and then 4G Internet. Moldcell also owns more than 30% of the local mobile telephony market.
The speed of implementation and the low hardware requirements for the database have made NetStork popular with other operators as well.
2021 was the year of NetStork’s launch in Italy. The telecommunications market there is very well developed (it was one of the first in Europe to have launched 5G Internet), and local companies value all technical novelties and innovations. Therefore, the NetStork system very quickly found its ardent supporters in the country. Among them were such companies as Dodonet, Nemo, and Icaronet.
Customers emphasize that NetStork provides a single, consistent and reliable source of data, and what they value the most is that it allows all of the employees to access the network diagrams (which is why they particularly like to use the NetStork WEB version). This significantly improves work on the network in the field, as the relevant network data can be viewed on a smartphone.
Balkans/ The Adriatic Region
The Adriatic Sea region is diverse and includes: Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and North Macedonia. Around the Balkans, there are operators of different sizes, from small, local Internet service providers to large Tier 2 operators. The first country where we implemented NetStork in the local market was Slovenia, in 2019.
NetStork is a centralized platform that helps users to store all data about their network (GPON, radio, or HFC) in one place. Our customers also value NetStork for improving the efficiency of network operations. The system facilitates solving any potential network issues and connecting new clients or even neighborhoods to the network. Additionally, NetStork supports users with digitizing their network assets and thus limiting amounts of paper documents.
NetStork entered the United States when we began working with King Communications. They provide field walkout, design, and engineering services for a number of CATV MSOs, ILEC, and ISPs across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. For King Communications, NetStork turned out to be particularly useful for field data collection, network layout, and design inventory for their clients.
Colombia and Panama
The first NetStork user in North and South America was Planet Telecom, a Canadian Internet service provider. Currently, it also has its offices in Colombia and Panama.
In both of these countries, Planet Telecom delivers wireless broadband Internet and is working with local operators to provide Internet services in the GPON optic fiber technology.
NetStork changes throughout the years
Since the beginning, NetStork has been growing and changing dynamically. We constantly add new functionalities and improve its visuals and user experience. We want to make sure that working with networks and our system is easy and intuitive. Take a look at the infographic to see some of the most important changes we introduced to NetStork.
What our customers say
“Globema completed all of the work according to schedule and took care of the highest quality of the system. The team offered professional technical expertise and each of Globema's employees proved their high programming and implementation skills as well as advanced industry knowledge. I’m glad to recommend Globema as a reliable business partner.”Henryk MałdzińskiBoard Vice President, ASTA-NET
“Gradually, all data about the entire TK-CHOPIN network is being transferred into the NetStork system. This allows us to access all necessary information about available and occupied assets. We use the program in our network maintenance operations such as locating and fixing outages.”Bogdan ŁagaBoard President, Chopin Telewizja Kablowa
“NetStork is one of the crucial IT systems at our company. Thanks to its modern, intuitive interface it can be easily used by most of our employees from many different departments.
Based on our experience, we can surely say that this tool is an effective network inventory system. We are satisfied with working with Globema at every stage of the process: sale, implementation, and maintenance support. During product development Globema team gave us much attention and understood our needs”Krzysztof MarczyńskiCustomer Support Manager, SAT FILM
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