Practical Considerations for WAN Ethernet Upgrades


The importance of understanding the physical requirements


Six considerations we believe are needed for installing WAN ethernet requirements.

The Local Exchange Carriers (LEC) own the “last mile” regardless of who orders the ethernet circuit.  They will insist on a rigid set of prerequisites be in place prior to circuit delivery. The responsibility to complete the prerequisites is passed on to the end user, in most cases.  The prerequisites are sometimes communicated directly  through the company providing the services, not the IT Department, which creates confusion, delays, and additional layers of “red tape.”

Some familiar with technology might feel the requirements are excessive, arbitrary, or old-fashioned and they may be right. No matter if an organization wants a new WAN Ethernet, it must agree to these demands.  There are exceptions of course. A LEC may decide to perform the installation themselves if there are more potential customers to service within the same building, it is ordered directly or it is negotiated in the original contract. But, for most manufacturing, distribution and logistic enterprise organizations, this will not be the case.

For the sake of simplicity, consider just the physical attributes of installing a single location. The method the LEC chooses to provide the circuit presents technical, environmental, operational, and financial hurdles. Consider the following standard prerequisites:


#1 Exterior conduit or aerial installation

#2 Physical pathway - Interior conduit or inner-duct

#3 Pull string vs Mule tape

#4 Backboard space on fire-rated rated plywood

#5 DEDICATED Electrical receptacles

#6 Telco / MPOE Requirements (Space, Lighting, and Grounding)


As you can see, to keep the project on time and on budget, one must pay due consideration to the risks that this “last mile” problem brings to WAN Ethernet installations.  In the project management world, these are called “Known Unknowns” and should be added to the project risk register as potential costs to the contingency reserves of your project.


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Removing risk begins with removing assumptions

Communication, Documentation and Seeing Around Corners are the big three roles for risk mitigation.


Early, Frequent and granular communication streamlines any project, but especially WAN Ethernet installations with construction requirements.  


Documentation is critical.  Email communications, project agreements, field notes and project conversations should all be recorded and appropriatly dispersed immediatly.

Seeing Around Corners

It is all about expierence.  Knowing what questions to ask, what tasks to prioritize and which stakeholders to approach (and in which order) is paramount to project success.

Learning through experience

We are continously learning and adjusting to make our process better.  We install hundreds of projects each quarter for our customers…and we use that expierence to make future customer expierences better.

Sometimes you should take the road more traveled.



Initial Planning

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