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Release 3.3.8

February 2024

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Competitive Visualizations: Under rare circumstances, visualizing the competitive data on the map canvas was obscured by legacy data sets 
  • Subsidy Amount: The subsidy amount reported in the Plan Output screen did not match the amount in location level reports when there are >1 household per location and a fixed amount was being applied

Release 3.3.7

February 2024

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Location Editing: Under some circumstances, locations were not being deleted on the initial commit of an edit transaction.

Release 3.3.6

February 2024

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Resolve Hub Overlap and Optimization: The Planning Constraints Manager setting Resolve Hub Overlap was not observed during plan optimization (aka pruning).

Release 3.3.5

January 2024

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Location Upload: Under some circumstances, loading a location data file resulted in reduced performance for the application
  • Churned Customer Data: The churned customer values were not pulled into reports. If you experienced this issue, you must rerun the plan before downloading a new report.

Release 3.3.3

January 2024

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Slow Report Queries: We removed the bottleneck, causing specific, more complex reports to take too long to return results.

Release 3.3.1

January 2024

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Remote OLT Location Constraints: We’ve updated the ability to set the target and maximum number of locations a Remote OLT can serve. There are new settings in the Network Architecture Manager to control this constraint and help you ensure the equipment placed in an Arrow plan aligns with your size specifications.

Release 3.3.0

January 2024

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Competitive Visualization: You can now visualize which competitors provide which technologies, speeds, and coverage across Census Blocks (CB) leveraging the FCC Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program. This new capability also enables you to understand the competitive intensity and model terminal fair share in each CB based on the weights you assign to different competitor offerings.
  • Distributed Tap Architecture: We added support for Distributed Tap network construction architecture. This new architecture creates a network hierarchy that connects from a source point (e.g., Central Office, Splice Point) to a Distributed Tap and then a maximum of Optical Taps per Distributed Tap port.
  • Near Net Analysis: We evolved the near-net functionality to understand the locations near planned fiber. This capability leverages the Integrated Planning functionality. It provides the routed distance to locations within a distance buffer to the planned fiber route and incorporates their financials into the business case output. We removed the UI visualization panel for near-net analysis and filtering as part of this update.
  • Updated Java and JavaScript Libraries: We migrated to a more recent version of Java (Java 20) and removed legacy JavaScript libraries. These changes eliminate vulnerabilities and improve memory management, enabling faster plan processing and UI rendering time.
  • Remote OLT Boundaries: You can now visualize the boundaries for Remote OLTs to more easily identify which equipment (e.g., FDH, MDU) is served by a given Remote OLT. 

In addition, this release includes the following fixes:

  • New Plan from Edit Mode: if you created a new plan while in edit mode, there was a duplicate request to discard or commit the open editing transaction.
  • Invalid Filter Warning: we removed an invalid warning for filters when using numerical values between 0 and 1.
  • Location Count Inconsistency: Under some circumstances, the Household Count in Location Info did not match the number for number_of_households under other attributes.
  • Location Editing: Increasing the location count for a household location while editing a location layer to a high number could result in that location disappearing from the UI.
  • Location Filtering: Under some circumstances, the locations selected by a filter may be inaccurate depending on the order of filter attribute selection.

Release 3.2.5

January 2024

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Slow Report Queries: We removed the bottleneck, causing specific, more complex reports to take too long to return results.

Release 3.2.4

December 2023

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Use Conduit in Larger Service Areas: Under some circumstances, conduit layers were not being consistently used

Release 3.2.3

December 2023

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Discard Changes in Edit Mode: Under some circumstances, discarding modifications while editing a plan resulted in an error.

Release 3.2.2

December 2023

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Performance Tuning: We’ve improved performance for large and complex plans.

Release 3.2.1

December 2023

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Copy Selected Locations: We added the option to copy the selected locations from a previously run plan into a new one. Note copying locations will override any currently selected locations in the plan you are copying to. You will still need to select the appropriate Service Area(s) and ensure you have the exact location data libraries used in both plans.

Release 3.2

October 2023

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Competition: Fair share calculations now provide more granular inputs by technology, download speed offered, competitor brand strengths and area coverage level. In addition, the competitive data has been updated based on the new Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program for 2020 census blocks. You can now also use the CostQuest location data which provides individual location-level competitive presence data.
  • Edit Mode Visibility: When editing a network build plan, you can now view additional geospatial attributes (e.g., buried vs. aerial road segments, census blocks).
  • Location and Plan Search: We have added the option to control how the global search behaves. You can now choose between only returning locations, plans, or both.

Release 3.1

August 2023

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • New Plan Creation: We have streamlined the workflow for creating a new plan and accessing existing plans. These changes make it easier to understand the locations used in a plan, including expert mode queries. As part of the change, we have removed the Coverage Analysis and RFP Analyzer plan types from the primary planning panel (aka the gavel).
  • Integrated Location Type Planning: We have made several enhancements to Fiber planning for multiple location types (e.g., Large Businesses, Towers, Multiple Dwelling Units, and Single Household Residential Locations). These enhancements provide a more accurate way to model a proactive expansion to multiple location types and include:
    • Slack Loop Clusters: You can now define which location types are aggregated into a cluster. When those location types are present in a service area, the plan will place a Slack Loop in the cluster context. The locations inside the slack loop cluster are assigned “lateral” fiber. This “lateral” fiber cost is added as success-based capex over time. Upstream, the slack loops are connected with Feeder Fiber to the broader network for the area. Slack Loops have a revenue and cost profile and are treated as a cohesive unit by the pruning engine (e.g., when running IRR or Coverage target plans). These new settings can be found in the Planning Constraints Manager.
    • Slack Subnet Configuration: These new settings allow you to define the radius of a cluster and how the Slack Loop equipment is placed in the context of a cluster. The settings can be found in the Network Architecture Manager.
    • Cluster Discounting: For Slack Loop Clusters, you can apply a discount to the expected revenue from the cluster based on the distribution of revenue potential of all the locations in the cluster. This new setting can be found in the Planning Constraints Manager.
    • Resource Manager Settings: As part of this enhancement, we have moved the Hub Location Strategy from the Planning Constraints Manager to the Network Architecture Manager. This setting’s value is automatically migrated to the appropriate Network Architecture Manager for existing plans. For environments using different Hub Location Strategy settings (e.g., Optimized and Centered) with the same Network Architecture Manager, we have automatically created a new Network Architecture Manager to preserve those settings.
    • Slack Loop Cluster Editing (early access): You can edit the Slack Loop clusters in Edit mode. This includes where the Slack Loop is placed and which locations are included in the cluster. Note this enhancement is in early access as we are still finalizing the functionality.
  • Equipment Boundaries: We have moved the equipment boundary enablement from the top menu tools to the Equipment Panel on the left side of the screen. It is now easier to turn these boundaries on and off in the context of visualizing equipment.
  • Initial Load UI Rendering: We have removed unnecessary API calls in the initial load of the User Interface (e.g., when first logging in or refreshing the browser). The application will now render more quickly in those scenarios.
  • Ring Plan Financials: We have added financial details to the output of Ring Plans. After running a Ring Plan, you can now view NPV, IRR, and Revenue.
  • Location Selection History: When targeting individual locations into optimizations, via filters or manual selections, you can now see the history of individual selection steps.

Release 3.0

June 2023

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Database Partitioning: We have improved the database structure for key tables, enabling better response time and concurrent usage of an instance.
  • Vector Tile Modernization: We have modernized the map canvas rendering. You will now be able to see locations, equipment, fiber, and conduits rendered more quickly on the map.
  • Project and Workspace Setup: We have enhanced the project functionality and added the concept of workspaces. Workspaces are independent data stores that contain data libraries and resource managers used for all projects associated with the workspace. A workspace may contain multiple projects, and a project may contain multiple plans. You can now select which project to use and if you want to create a new project through the right panel. In addition, you can limit plan searches to the currently selected project or all projects. Changing project permissions and deleting projects are now accessible through the Global Settings under Project Management. Plan to project – assigning data libraries and resource managers to a project – has been moved to the top of the Data Selection panel. Note that setting up a new workspace is limited to users with administrative privileges.
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  • Location Heat Map: The location heat map has been enhanced to allow for precision in addition to intensity, and increased precision results in more visually refined location clusters on the map canvas.
  • Location Type Visualization: The location visualization model now includes planned locations. Use planned location for visualizing locations routed through the RFP module. This new visualization is only supported for RFP v2.
  • Hub Overlap Improvements:We have improved the Fiber Distribution Hub (FDH) placement and coverage algorithm to minimize overlapping FDH boundaries. The new approach places an additional FDH for a subset of locations that two adjacent FDHs may equally serve. As a default, this new capability is disabled. You may enable it through the setting in the Planning Constraint Manager.
  • Service Area Plus: You can now edit the service area boundaries for a plan without impacting the global service area data library. To utilize this new capability, you must first create a new plan with a name. You can then use the “Edit Plan Service Area” utility from the top menu tools bar to edit the boundary for the service area you will use in the plan. The new service area boundaries are saved only in the context of your plan.
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  • Routing Selection: You can now specify the originating service area for location-based plans. This enables you to specify from which service area CO you intend to serve locations that may be part of an expanded service area boundary.
  • Routing Selection Pagination: We have added pagination for the Routing Selection to improve the navigation of larger lists. Selected Locations or Service Areas can now be incrementally viewed – 50 at a time.
  • External Cashflows for Additional Location Types: The financial model has been enhanced to enable more granular inputs for Business and Tower location types.
  • Open Transaction Dialogue: We have added a confirmation to commit or discard any open data library modification transactions (e.g., locations and service area edits). You will be prompted to commit or discard any open transactions before proceeding with using the application.

In addition this release includes the following fixes:

  • Planned Feeder and Distribution Fiber overlap: Under some circumstances, not all overlap segments were identified and accounted for.
  • Loading larger location data sets through UI: Loading larger location data sets through the UI could result in the system being unresponsive for other users.
  • User permissions with Active Directory: AD-based users with no assigned groups were not given a warning message regarding incomplete access setup.
  • Rejected locations reason: The reason for a location not being routed in the Rejected Locations List report was sometimes incorrect.

Release 2.18.6

April 2023

This release addressed the following bug:

  • Expert Mode Querying: It is now possible to select service areas using Expert Mode queries.

Release 2.18.5

March 2023

This release addressed the following bug:

  • Expert Mode Querying: Concurrent expert mode location selection queries now build upon one another.

Release 2.18.4

March 2023

This release addressed the following bug:

  • P2P RFP Routing: Under certain conditions, P2P RFP plans were routing shortest path rather than least-cost path.

Release 2.18.3

March 2023

This release includes the following improvements:

  • Main Search Bar: We have improved behavior and results presentation of the main search bar, including auto-selecting first result for speedier navigation.
  • RFP v2 via APIs: We have enabled API access to the latest RFP v2 plan functionality, originally released in version 2.17.

In addition, this release addressed the following bugs:

  • Hub boundary edit: Under certain conditions, after placing a new hub in Plan Edit, users were not able to select boundaries belonging to other hubs.
  • Multi-polygon service area handling in Plan Edit: Occasionally, UI would display warning message about inability to Edit valid plans, when those were planned using multi-polygon service areas.

Release 2.18.2

February 2023

This release includes the following improvement:

  • Search RPF Plans by Plan ID: You can now search for RFP plans using their plan ID.

In addition, this release addressed the following bug:

  • Hub boundary vertex delete: Under certain conditions, deleting some hub boundary vertices using delete key was resulting in invalid polygon warnings.

Release 2.18.1

February 2023

This release addressed the following bug:

  • Pruning in “Route from Fiber” mode: Under certain conditions, when routing from existing fiber and pruning the locations, the tool was producing incorrect results. (issue introduced in release 2.18.0)

Release 2.18.0

February 2023

This release includes the following improvements:

  • Edit Mode Annotations: The workflow for adding annotations in Edit mode has been updated to make it more explicit when you edit a plan vs. adding annotations to a Feeder Fiber route or Equipment site..
  • Edge Tollbooths: Added functionality to specify the cost of switching between edges with the same type but different attributes (e.g., cable size and color). You can now add this logic (e.g., prefer to stay on an existing fiber edge with the same cable size) in the Fusion Manager under Tollbooth settings.
  • Network Architecture Resource Manager: Streamlined the settings for the Network Architecture Manager.
  • Feeder and Distribution Fiber Overlap: You can now exclude the cost of Distribution Fiber construction for route segments where there is an overlap between planned Feeder and Distribution Fiber.  Â This setting can be controlled in Planning Constraints Manager.
  • Recaching Vector Tiles for Data Changes: We have added the ability to reset vector tiles through the UI under debug mode. This enables you to display equipment, locations, edges, or service layers uploaded through the database without waiting for a system restart.

In addition, this release addressed the following bugs:

  • High-Cost Locations with Plan Optimization: Under some circumstances, locations initially identified as meeting a plan optimization type target (e.g., Coverage, Budget, Plan IRR Floor) had resulted in a higher cost than expected when the pruned network is reconstituted.
  • Map Canvas Clicking During Loading: Clicking on the map canvas while it is initially loading, such as immediately after logging in or during a browser refresh, had sometimes resulted in losing access to crucial UI elements.

Release 2.17.0

December 2022

This release includes the following improvements:

  • RFP Module: New RFP endpoint enables point-to-point or direct routing for RFPs in a single service area. Note, plans with locations that span multiple service areas constrain routing to a single service area.
  • Edit RFP Plans: The plan editing functionality now supports the ability to Edit an RFP plan for individual service areas.
  • RFP Cost Report: New RFP Cost report creates a downloadable csv with the detailed costs associated with an RFP plan as well as additional logic to highlight routes which may require a manual review (e.g., based on geographical features that the route traverses).
  • Point-to-Point Network Construction: The Network Build and Network Analysis plan types have been expanded to support point-to-point network construction. A point-to-point plan identifies the optimal path for each location individual vs. identifying the optimal path to serve all targeted locations in a service area.
  • Near Net Module: New Near-Net module identifies and enables visualization and filtering of opportunities based on distance and cost constraints for planned feeder fiber routes in a single service area and additional meta data (e.g., number of employees, fair share).
  • Near Net Report: New Near-Net report creates a downloadable csv with all locations within a distance threshold to planned feeder fiber. This report also includes additional meta data associated with those locations.
  • Sales Executive Perspective: A new constrained perspective for Sales Executives has been added supporting visualization of planned fiber and near net opportunity visualization and filtering.
  • Global Search: The global search functionality has been enhanced to support searching for plans by name in addition to searching for an address or latitude/longitude.
  • Cable Surcharge: Automatically assigns fiber cable sizes to distribution and feeder fiber routes based on plan configurations and locations services. Adds surcharge to fiber costs based on price assigned to different cable sizes.
  • Slack Loops: Ability to add slack loops in Edit mode to a plan’s feeder fiber route. Slack Loops have an assigned and configurable price and strand count.
  • Vertex Delete Workflow: Ability to edit polygon boundaries (e.g., Hub, Service Area) by selecting one vertex and using the delete key continuously delete vertices.
  • Stacked Location Selection: Ability to select individual locations when those location overlap in the plan analysis mode.
  • Cashflow Inputs: The financial model has been enhanced to enable more granular inputs for business planning. See user guide for additional detail.
  • Detailed Location Financial Reporting: Plan summary reports now support additional financial detail on individual locations routed to in a plan.

Release 2.16.0

October 2022

This release includes the following improvements:

  • Hub Clustering: We have improved the K-Means clustering strategy for Hub-only-split Network Build plans. K-Means now includes road edge types in determining location clusters and placing Fiber Distribution Hubs. Two new settings in the Planning Constrains Manager allow you to define the types of road edges to be included – primary, secondary, or tertiary. You can also define a Hub threshold at which additional road edges are considered in the analysis. In addition, we have improved the consistency of K-means to provide more persistent plan results.
  • Selected Locations in Edit Mode: It is now easier to distinguish between locations that are selected for a plan (i.e., through the Locations Selection Type) vs. locations that are in the same service area in Edit mode. In addition, we have improved the location rendering mechanism in Edit mode to speed it up.
  • Competition Resource Manager: The Competition Resource Manager can now be updated from the user interface to reflect which providers to include and their relative competitive strength.
  • User Flow Tracking: We have incorporated an analytics tool to help us better understand common user flows and provide in application guides for improved user experience. Note, the tracking is limited to user id and their generic workflow. Specific data entered or rendered as output from a plan is never collected.

In addition, this release addressed the following bugs:

  • Plan Details: For certain database configurations Super Users were not able to edit plan details.
  • Assign and Unassign in Edit Mode: It was not possible to assign or unassign individual locations to or from equipment in Edit mode when there are multiple locations with the exact latitude and longitude.

Release 2.15.3

September 16, 2022

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Hub Boundary Vertex Delete: Under some circumstances a Hub boundary vertex that was deleted in Plan Edit persisted in the UI
  • Hub Selection in View Mode: In view mode, Fiber Distributions Hubs were not deselected after clicking off the Hub
  • Manual Plan with Existing CO: You were not able to add a Fiber Distribution Hub in Edit mode to a blank plan with an existing CO
  • Invalid Polygon: In Edit mode, changes to the Hub boundary which cause an invalid polygon were removing previous edits to the boundary
  • Location Layer Editing: When editing an existing location data layer, you were not able to lock or invalidate locations, unlock locked location pins to move them and the cursor was persisting as a crosshair when it should switch back to a hand icon. Note, only user with proper permissions can edit or unlock location pins.

Release 2.15.2

September 07, 2022

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Enabling conduit fusion to work with RFP type plans: Previously only road-based routing was enabled

Release 2.15.1

August 12, 2022

This release includes the following fixes:

  • Selecting Fiber in View Mode: Previously, it was not possible in View Mode to select Feeder Fiber that had been rendered in the same area as FDH boundaries.
  • Assigning and Unassigning Locations to Equipment: Locations were not being properly assigned to nor unassigned from equipment. We have removed the option to assign a location without first selecting the equipment you would like to assign it to. For example, to assign a location to a FDT you need to first select that FDT and then right-click on the location you would like to assign to it.
  • Plan Edit Alerts: Alerts for abandoned locations or excessive drop cable length were not consistently rendering after changes to the assignment had been made.
  • Calculate Coverage: Under some circumstances, the calculate coverage functionality for a FDH was not working.
  • Location Count Mismatch: Under some circumstances, there was a discrepancy between the number of locations connected to FDTs and the number of locations connected to the serving FDH.
  • Modify Plan: You were not able to modify and run a plan with an uncommitted or discarded editing transaction
  • Drag Icon onto Map: We’ve streamlined that equipment selection and added warnings to prevent you from adding equipment outside of service area boundary in Edit mode. Note, FDTs can only be added inside a FDH boundary.

Release 2.15

July 13, 2022

This release includes the following enhancement:

  • Edit Mode Initialization: The plan editing functionality has been improved to provide a clearer indication of when a plan has completed initializing under Edit mode. Note that initialization will take longer the first time you enter Edit mode for a given plan. After the initial Commit, subsequent initializations are quicker.

In addition, this release includes the following fixes:

  • Multiple Hub Boundary Vertices: The ability to delete multiple Hub boundary vertices in Edit mode is now available in some scenarios where it previously wasn’t.
  • Stacked Locations: When multiple locations (e.g., homes) are stacked in the same area, a subset of them can now be selected under Edit Locations mode.
  • Analysis Area Shading: Unique color shading for certain analysis areas no longer disappear when selecting individual locations.
  • Importing RFP Locations via CSV: When importing locations for RFP plans, locations with alphanumeric IDs no longer cause the UI to display “NAN”
  • Multiple Service Area Editing: Edit mode is only supported for a single Service Area, however under some circumstances users were still able to enter Edit mode for a plan that spans more than one Service Area. This has been addressed.

Release 2.14

June 06, 2022

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Dynamic Subsidy Calculations: The subsidy by location functionality has been improved allowing you to dynamically set subsidies for eligible locations based on percentage of costs to pass, IRR required to serve locations or a fixed amount. These options are now available on the Subsidies tab in the Roic resource manager.
  • Subsidy Amount in Network Build: The total subsidy amount for a Network Build plan is now displayed in the plan output. Note, the NPV and IRR calculations include this subsidy, but cost elements reported in the UI do not. In addition, you can view the subsidy assigned to individual locations through the Routed Locations List report.
  • Subsidy Amount in Network Analysis: The Network Analysis plan now includes charts and reports displaying the various subsidy amounts for coverage, IRR, incremental IRR and NPV levels. Note, these new views will only display relevant data when subsidy is enabled and there are subsidy eligible locations in the underlying analysis areas.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Splice Point Fiber Capacity: Edits to the Fiber Capacity field under Edit mode where not persisting
  • Splice Point and Anchor Placement: Previously, if you placed a Splice Point or Anchor in Edit mode you could not visualize it until recalculating, it is now visible right after placing it

Release 2.13

May 10, 2022

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Multi-node Ring Plan Editing: The new edit functionality has been enhanced to support multiple rings. A ring plan can now be created with more than one ring. Then under Plan Edit mode, changes can be made including the equipment location, location to equipment assignment, adding and removal of equipment, and editing the route.
  • Merge Location Connectors: Users can now merge Location Connectors or Bulk Distribution Terminals placed in the same location by selecting one of them and right-clicking.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • New Project Creation: Previously, under some circumstances a newly created project would not be usable for running a new plan.
  • Intra Service Area Pruning: Intra service area pruning had not been consistently applied for plans using budget, coverage or IRR constraints.
  • Editing Plan Name: Changing the name of an existing plan was not persisting for some user permissions.
  • Self-Intersecting Polygons: In Edit mode, changing the boundary of a Fiber Distribution Hub or Route Adjuster to be self-intersecting was preventing additional edits to the plan.
  • Placing new Hub or CO: New Fiber Distribution Hubs and Central Offices can now be placed in Edit mode without erroring.
  • Vertex Delete: Users were not able to delete vertices when editing the boundary of a new or existing service area.

Release 2.12

April 20, 2022

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Plan Edit Change Confirmation : We have added more clear indications that changes in edit mode have been saved and committed
  • Error Notification : We have added notifications to users if there are underlying issues with a plan they are attempting to Run or Edit
  • Modify Plan Notification : We have improved the notifications for attempting to modify a plan. Including notifications if the plan has uncommitted edits.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Incorrect Date in UI: the created and modified dates in the plan info search panel where off by one day
  • Route Adjuster Persistence: changing the Route Adjuster, from avoid to include, was not persisting
  • Boundary for a Hew Hub: after placing a new Fiber Distribution Hub the initial boundary persists as you edit it making it hard to adjust the boundary
  • Feeder Fiber Annotations: if you select certain pieces of equipment (e.g., splice point), you lose the ability to add notes to Feeder Fiber segments

Release 2.11.1

April 04, 2022

This release addressed a bug where equipment constraints were preventing using existing equipment in plans.

Release 2.11

March 25, 2022

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Plan Progress and Notifications: We have added notifications letting users know if there was an error in running a plan and improved the accuracy of the plan progress notification. Users will now see additional information in the plan output if a plan did not complete due to a configured constraints or an error with one of the service areas being analyzed.
  • Progressive Loading for Editing Plans: We have improved the data loading and rendering in Edit mode. Users will now be able to enter edit mode more quickly and the details of the plans will load gradually as they edit.
  • Navigation in Edit Mode: Edit mode now includes a tree navigation structure allowing users to traverse the equipment and alerts. In addition, users can select the Central Office on the top of the tree navigation to display Feeder Fiber.
  • Subsidy Amount by Location: You can now specify a subsidy amount by location. This amount will automatically be applied to offset the capex required to build to the location in a plan, during attractiveness calculations. Subsidy amount is separately itemized on financial report.
  • Prevent Editing of Invalid Plans: We have added validation preventing users from entering the edit mode if the plan has more than one service area or if the user has not yet run a plan.
  • Editing Locations: We have improved the workflow for running and editing plans. Previously users were allowed to edit the locations or service areas included in a plan while editing the plan. This can cause inconsistency and unintended errors. To change the locations or service areas you will now need to first modify the plan, change the selected locations or service areas and re-run the plan before editing it.
  • User ID Editing: We have removed the ability to edit the username which is the unique identifier for users and should not be edited.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Multiple Users Editing a Plan: Under rare circumstances multiple users were able to edit the same plan causing editing to freeze.
  • Edit Commit Not Saving: Under rare circumstances committing the edits to a plan did not get saved.

Release 2.10

January 31, 2022

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Route Adjusters : In Edit Plan mode, you can now adjust the fiber route by adding a Route Adjuster to the plan area. The Route Adjuster is a polygon that enables you to include or avoid specific paths in the route. If the Route Adjuster is set to “avoid”, the application will reroute based on the next best lower cost route. If it is set to “include”, it will treat that segment of the path as the lowest cost potential path for routing.
  • Ring Plan Editing : The new Edit Plan functionality, introduced in release 2.9.0, has been updated to encompass Ring Plans. You can now use Edit Plan to change equipment location, association between locations and equipment, and adjust the fiber routes in a Ring Plan.

In addition, this release addresses the following bug:

  • Conduit type color in Edit Plan: Previously, the color distinction for fiber routed through different conduit types was not visible in Plan Edit mode.

Release 2.9.4

January 04, 2022

This release addressed the following bugs:

  • Price by Morphology: Plan Edit functionality is now correctly selecting price book values specific to morphology assigned to a given area.
  • Fiber Annotations: In certain scenarios, annotations of fiber were getting cleared after editing hub details.

Release 2.9.3

December 20, 2021

This release addresses the following vulnerability:

  • Apache Log4j Log4Shell: Log4j version has been further upgraded to 2.17.0 as additional patches from Apache became available.

Release 2.9.2

December 13, 2021

This release addresses the following vulnerability:

  • Apache Log4j Log4Shell: Log4j version used by the tool has been updated to 2.15.0. to specifically address Log4Shell vulnerability.

Release 2.9.1

December 03, 2021

This release addresses the following bugs:

  • Boundary vertex deletion: There was an issue with deleting multiple vertex boundaries under Plan Edit, you can now right click on the final vertex selected and click on delete all
  • Default CO selection: The CO is now automatically selected when you enter Plan Edit, this makes it easier to start editing the plan without having to first click on an equipment item
  • Annotation warning: We cleared up the warning message that is shown before recalculation or a commit in Plan Edit, if you make changes resulting in Feeder Fiber rerouting, any annotations will be lost
  • Slow plan runs: We’ve enhanced a query that was causing slow plans when locations are selected manually or through the filter

Known Issues for new Plan Edit functionality:

  • Deleting Splice points: If you delete a splice point you need to move one of the other equipment nodes that is connected to feeder fiber (e.g. FDH, MDU) before clicking recalculate in order for the feeder fiber to re-route
  • Feeder Fiber Annotations: Before adding any annotations to feeder fiber make sure to commit the plan edits at least once
  • Manual Plan: Before making additional edits to a Manual Plan ensure you commit either the CO (if there isn’t one already) or after adding the first FDH
  • Adding FDH: After adding a new FDH commit the plan before proceeding with any edits to the FDH boundary

Release 2.9.0

November 18, 2021

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Plan Editing: The editing functionality has been updated to enable more thorough modifications of a plan. You can now edit FDH boundaries, equipment placement, location to equipment assignments, add or remove equipment, influence the feeder fiber route, and ensure that the edits align with your network architecture settings. In addition, the plan financials and reports are updated to reflect all edits.
  • Equipment and Feeder Fiber Annotations: In the updated Plan Edit panel you can now updated specific annotations on equipment and feeder fiber segments.
  • Advanced Filters: You can now set up filters to select a subset of locations that match specific attributes in your location data set. When filters are applied, they limit the available locations for a plan design. You can also preview and modify the locations selected based on the filter in the map view.
  • Obstacle Road Edge Tagging: You can now tag road edges as obstacles. Road edge tagging is available for users with sufficient permissions under the Conduit Info panel.
  • RFP API Enhancements: The RFP API has been updated to enable routing over existing copper paths or road edged to the CO in the same service area. In addition, Fiber routing can now be calculated to the nearest CO or CO in the same service area.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Permissions corruption after deleting a user: Previously, when a user with permissions for certain data sources or resource managers was deleted, the permissions for those data sources were corrupted
  • Locations with the same latitude and longitude: Previously, locations not selected via expert mode were still routed to when other locations that are selected share the same lat-longs
  • Road Segment length ruler: the ruler was not always returning accurate distances particularly when using the OSM road data set

Known Issues for new Plan Edit functionality:

  • Deleting Splice points: If you delete a splice point you need to move one of the other equipment nodes that is connected to feeder fiber (e.g. FDH, MDU) before clicking recalculate in order for the feeder fiber to re-route
  • Feeder Fiber Annotations: Before adding any annotations to feeder fiber make sure to commit the plan edits at least once
  • Manual Plan: Before making additional edits to a Manual Plan ensure you commit either the CO (if there isn’t one already) or after adding the first FDH
  • Adding FDH: After adding a new FDH commit the plan before proceeding with any edits to the FDH boundary

Release 2.8.0

September 20, 2021

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Fiber Length Detail: ​​​​​​Two more significant digits have been added to the fiber length summary, under a plan’s Output tab.
  • Capex per Premises: The plan Output tab’s summary also now includes a calculation of capex per premises. Note that this figure is calculated based on the premises passed in year 1.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Multiple ducts for larger service areas: Under some extreme circumstances, Arrow was not leveraging the best available ducts for fiber routing. This has been improved, particularly when analyzing larger service areas.
  • Visualizing fiber size: Previously, the Fiber Size option (available under View Settings or Debugging Mode) was not visually differentiating based on fiber strand count or atomic unit demand. You can now use either option to visualize changes in fiber size.
  • Loop road segments: Arrow was not properly handling looped road segments (e.g., roundabout). Arrow will now properly follow the road segment loop instead of routing in a straight path.

Release 2.7.0

August 11, 2021

This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Custom Message for Unassigned Users: You can now configure Arrow to show a custom message for new users who are not assigned to any user group. The message, as well as whether the user will automatically be logged out or remain logged in, can be adjusted in the UI settings database table. Please contact the Arrow support team for additional detail or assistance in configuring this feature.
  • Copy-Paste Via Mouse Click: You can now use mouse clicks to copy and paste data for both the equipment and location search boxes under the Equipment Info and Location Info view sections.
  • Equipment Data Selection: A message has been added under the Equipment selection drop-down in the Data Selection section, ensuring that at least one option is selected. Note that you will not be able to commit changes without at least one equipment option selected. If you do not want to use any existing equipment in a plan, the “Empty” option should be selected.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Location click navigation. The Location Info view now automatically opens when you click on a specific location in View Mode.
  • RFP Plans through UI. You can now submit and view reports for RFP plans through the user interface.
  • Plan Input Settings Persistence. The plan inputs under the analysis mode (e.g. Optimization Type) are now persisted if you navigate away from that panel to another part of the user interface and then navigate back.

Release 2.6.0

July 14, 2021

This release includes the following improvement:

  • Search Plans Date Sorting: Users can now sort existing plan by date modified or date created. Note, if you select either option plans are sorted in reverse chronological order.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Location in PDF Reports. Additional combinations of locations are now included in a PDF report for the selected area.
  • Location Types in Expanded Results. Selecting Expanded Results after running a plan had been defaulting to a specific location type. This has been updated to now default to all location types.
  • Boundary Search. When selecting a service area boundary from a list of multiple results for a boundary search, the user is no longer incorrectly taken to the first boundary on the list.
  • Refresh Plans on Map Move. The check box under Search Plans, which was intended to refresh plans on map moves, was not responsive and has now been removed.
  • Non-default Service Layers. Under certain conditions the boundary information was not being displayed for a selected service area. This has been fixed as well.
  • Service Area Upload. After uploading a new service area data layer, the user is now able to edit the service area without first refreshing the browser.

Release 2.5.0

June 16, 2021

This release includes the following features and improvements.

  • Road Edge Tagging: This release adds the ability to view and modify the tags associated with road segments. You can now select Show segments by Tag in the Conduit Info panel. If a tagged road segment conduit is selected it will show the difference between Aerial, Buried, Underground or Untagged segment types. In addition, users with Resource Modifier permissions on the selected road segment conduit data source can modify the segment type (e.g. from Untagged to Aerial).
  • Search Plans: The list of plans under Search Plans is now automatically sorted by last modified date instead of creation date. In addition, the date fields now correctly display the last modified date for a given plan, whereas in the previous release this field was mislabeled as “last opened”.
  • Broadcast Functionality: User can now check a box to prevent broadcast notifications from showing up again. If the box is checked the broadcast will not show up again for 72 hours (this time span is configurable). In addition, users who are already logged in when a broadcast becomes active will not see the broadcast for 4 hours (this time span is also configurable). Note that the message “opt-out” is stored locally, so if a user logs out or clears their cache, the message will appear again when they log back in or after the 4 hour period.
  • Network Architecture Settings: This release removed the maxLocationToEdgeDistance setting from the Network Architecture Resource Manager. To change this setting you should use the Planning Constraints Resource Manager.
  • Fiber and Copper Attributes: You can now view additional attributes associated with Fiber or Copper conduit in the Conduit Info panel. Note that attributes can only be specified through the database. Once attributes are specified, you can select an individual Fiber or Copper conduit segment and view the additional detail in the user interface.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Selecting Planned Fiber: Selecting certain plan conduits had resulted in equipment or other plan features disappearing from the map.
  • Drop Cable Length: Under some circumstances, the drop cable length had not been honored.
  • Shape File Upload: Certain shape file formats had not been properly processed when uploaded from the user interface.
  • PDF Report: PDF reports had been showing smaller areas than what was selected on the map.
  • Route Rendering on Tile Borders: For certain plans where service areas overlapped the user interface, the tile visualization borders had not been not rendering correctly.

Release 2.4.1

May 21, 2021

This release addressed issues around ability to delete newly added locations and dropped location reporting.

Release 2.4.0

May 19, 2021

This release includes the following improvements.

  • Dropped Location Reporting: Two new reports have been added to help you understand why locations in a Network Build were not routed. The Rejected Locations List report provides every location which was not connected and an explanation (e.g. Exceed maximum drop cable length, pruned off). The Locations Reconciliation Summary by Service Area report includes a count of locations by connected or rejected status for each service area included in the plan.
  • Broadcast Functionality: With this release we’ve improved the Broadcast Functionality. Administrator users can now schedule a system notification for all users and include a date range at which point the broadcast will be active and displayed for all logged-in users.
  • Search Plans: The search plans widget now includes created and last opened dates for each plan. Note, the last opened date is mislabeled, it is the date at which point the plan was last modified.
  • Location Import: We’ve improved the ability to load larger location data layers directly from the user interface. You can now upload a file with up to 3 million locations. Note, if you need assistance in loading larger data sets please contact the Arrow team.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Duplicate Location when Editing: when editing a location layers a secondary location appears after moving a location.
  • Rate Reach Manager: the distance input fields where too small obstructing some of the data entry.
  • Creating Service Area from Equipment: when creating a service area from equipment the new service area data layer was duplicated resulting in two data layers with the same same.
  • Fiber Distribution Terminal Connected Locations: in certain plan scenarios the maximum constraints of locations per Fiber Distribution Terminal was not being honored.
  • Centered and Optimized Hub Location Strategy: in certain plan scenarios using Centered or Optimized as the Hub Location Strategy can result in a plan failing.

Release 2.3.1

May 12, 2021

This release includes a bug fix that was causing data upload from the user interface to fail.

Release 2.3.0

April 27, 2021

This release includes the following improvements.

  • Expressing ARPU by Segment: This release includes a preview of improved ARPU functionality. You can now set the ARPU, operational expense, and acquisition cost by multiple products and household segments. The product mix by segment is then used to define the ARPU and cost assumptions for household locations in a given segment. If you are interested in setting up this feature, please follow up with the Arrow team.
  • Network Architecture Clean Up: We’ve improved the usability of network architecture by removing several strategies that are no longer in use. You can now select Direct Routing or Hub Only Split for Optimization types. Hub-only split (ODN_2) and Hybrid split (ODN_3) optimization types have been removed.

In addition, this release addresses the following bugs:

  • Conduit Attributes: Attributes for conduit types have been added back under Conduit Info in view mode. This functionality had been temporarily removed as Arrow was migrated to the new edges data model. Note that Conduit Info was previously called Road Info.
  • Equipment Search Box: The ability to search for equipment has been added back under Equipment Info in view mode.
  • Persistent Selection: Under certain circumstances, the selected Data or Resource Managers would revert to the default settings when a user clicks the “Modify” button after running a plan that has not been saved. To address this issue, the workflow has been improved, ensuring that a plan is first saved before it is modified. Selections are then retained for saved plans.
  • Incremental IRR: Under certain circumstances, the incremental IRR was incorrect for Network Analysis plan types.
  • Site Boundary Delete Command: The delete command is no longer obscured when removing site boundaries.
  • Reshaping Polygons: The ability to edit a custom drawn polygon (e.g. analysis area) is now working.

Release 2.2.0

April 07, 2021

This release includes the following improvements.

  • Drop Cable Constraint: You can now specify how strictly the distance between a location and a road edge is enforced when considering the drop cable length constraint. A new setting has been added under the Network Architecture resource manager in the Terminal Configuration > Output Config section called Distance Constraint Strategy. If you select Always Connect for this setting, locations that are further away from the road edge than the Max Distance Meters for Terminal Configuration > Output Config will still be routed to. If you select Honor Distance, locations that exceed the max distance from the road edge will not be routed to. Note, previously Honor Distance was the default behavior.
  • Equipment Info Spacing: The area for viewing information on selected equipment has been improved to make it easier to view the site information as well as detail on existing and planned equipment.
  • Equipment Labels: The terminology used under the top view menu has been updated to align with more common nomenclature. Site Boundaries have been renamed to Equipment Boundaries and Site Labels have been renamed to Equipment Labels. Note, you can still use the old labeling nomenclature by configuring your instance. The Arrow support team can assist you with this.

In addition, this release includes bug fixes to clarify the location information presented and equipment rendering multiple times under certain circumstances.

Release 2.1.2 and 2.1.3

March 31, 2021 and April 01, 2021

These releases include bug fixes to improve the location search functionality for addresses and latitude and longitude coordinates.

Release 2.1.1

March 22, 2021

This release includes bug fixes to addresses improved memory management and cases in which certain service areas (e.g. wirecenters) fail to build due to the placement of remote OLTs and FDHs and the distance between them.

Release 2.1.0

March 10, 2021

This release includes the following improvements

  • Terminal Value Strategy: You can now select different Terminal Value Strategies and multiples for both the network plan and business as usual (BAU) projections. The selections now include: Net Cash Flow, EBITDA, Perpetual Growth or None. Terminal Value Strategy settings can be updated under the ROIC resource manager. Note, the Net Cash Flow setting is equivalent to Year End Multiple in previous versions of Arrow.
  • Hub Location Strategy: You can now select how Arrow places Fiber Distribution Hubs (FDH) in order to minimize the Feeder fiber in a network plan. This new setting works alongside the Hub Placement Strategy. Note, this new setting is only in effect when you set K-Means Clustering as the Hub Clustering Strategy. When you select Optimized as the Hub Location Strategy the FDH is optimally placed to reduce Feeder fiber length and ensures downstream locations are adequately served. When you select Centered as the Hub Location Strategy the FDH is placed in the center of the location cluster served by the FDH. Note, previously Arrow only used the centered location strategy.
  • Optimized Spans for Fiber Distribution Terminals: The Optimized Spans setting controls if Fiber Distribution Terminals will or will not cross road intersections to serve households. In very dense areas multiple terminals may cross paths. With Optimized Spans unchecked the FDTs will not cross intersection and reduce the likelihood of path overlap. This setting is now exposed in the Network Architecture Manager under ODN_1, terminalConfiguration.
  • RFP API Updates: The RFP API now supports leveraging price books that are assigned to a specific morphology (e.g. Rural, Suburban, Urban). You can now use the specific pricing defined by morphology when reporting on the cost of a point-to-point route used in the Arrow RFP API.
  • Account Settings: This release updated the location of the Logout functionality. Previously logout was under the user settings where a password can be update. The logout functionality is not only present under the user icon in the top menu bar to more closely align with standard user experience practices.
  • Release Notes: For clients using Arrow in server mode – running in their own environment – you can now publish release notes to update users on the new functionality. Release notes can be updates through the Arrow database.

Release 2.0.0

February 02, 2021

This release includes the following improvements

  • Hub Placement Strategy: Place FDHs based on household clusters further reducing time for initial fiber route design. This release adds the ability to select the Hub Placement Strategy under the Planning Constraints Manager resource manager. See page #150 in user guide for additional detail on different hub placement strategies.
  • Remote OLT and Network Architecture: Enable more granular control of equipment max distances to account for fiber attenuation in large service areas. This release introduces a new equipment type Remote Optical Line Terminal (OLT). In addition, updates to the Network Architecture resource manager provide more granular control for max distance constraints for Central Office (CO) to Remote OLT, CO to Fiber Distribution Hub (FDH), FDH to Fiber Distribution Terminal (FDT) and CO to Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU). See page #64 in user guide for additional detail.
  • Phase Location Reporting: Provide KML report with locations, equipment and route tagged by build phase to more closely integrate with detailed engineering design workflow. This capability requires tagging a locations data upload based on phases (e.g. 1, 2, 3). Based on this tagging a KML report output can be downloaded allowing you to view the individual phases of the plan.
  • Edges Data Model: New data schema for road, conduit, fiber and copper improvising data upload, analysis and display rendering performance. This release requires running on PostgreSQL 12.4 or later with PostGIS extension and a database migration. A migration script is available to enable this.

Improvements

  • Display incremental IRR view in network analysis output (in addition to IRR, NPV and Coverage Charts)
  • Ability to tag and color code service areas, to enable this service areas need to be tagged in the database
  • Persistent message for file uploads allowing you to know when a data upload is complete
  • Improved display for Rate Reach Manager editing allowing you to provide more DSL technologies and various distances by download speeds (e.g. 25 MBs).
  • Additional location, route and equipment tagging information in PDF report output allowing you to download a PDF report of the plan locations, route and equipment.
  • Data Selection layer search and ordering provides the ability to type the name of a data layer and narrow down the selection based on progressive search. In addition, the order and visibility of Data Selections can be modified based on user preferences.
  • Delete report confirmation provides a confirmation message prior to deleting an existing report.
  • Logout functionality provides the ability for a user to log out of their Arrow instance to ensure privacy.
  • Monitoring and alerting for degraded instance performance exposes a new endpoint which can be pinged with a monitoring tool to alert of there is a degraded performance of the instance.