On behalf of BH Telecom in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Pythia recently provided assistance in the development of a Broadband Metropolitan Network. Pythia assessed BH Telecom’s existing fiber optic and copper network infrastructure; developed & refined the pilot network configuration and equipment specifications; and established criteria to evaluate the performance of the pilot system. We assisted BH Telecom in the procurement and delivery of the required equipment and software, especially in regard to negotiations with U.S. vendors, worked with BH Telecom technical staff and U.S. vendors and/or their local representatives, and reviewed test reports and evaluation criteria for the installed pilot system. We then developed equipment and software specifications for the broader network deployment. A physical and technical appraisal of the overall design of the pilot technical solution and all equipment specified for its implementation, which included the installed Multi-Platform Label Switching (MPLS) and Voice over IP (VoIP) equipment and configurations, was successfully implemented.

As a sub-contractor to Hyperion Inc., a Northern Virginia-based telecommunications solutions provider and systems integrator, Pythia International managed the implementation of a $1.8 million fiber-optic Wide Area Network (WAN) for NATO/US DoD in Mons, Belgium. The WAN, implemented in co-operation with Belgian national operator, Belgacom, was deployed in a high security environment, which entailed the integration of preventive security components (including configuration of firewalls and authentication protocols), control & perimeter systems, vulnerability assessment tools, intrusion detection systems, and incidence response programs. Pythia’s responsibilities in this project included the definition and break-down of work segments, development of a time-line for completion of tasks, sourcing and shipment of network equipment, progress reporting to Hyperion and DoD, management of 2 local sub-contractors, testing/quality control, and preparation of project documentation.

In a telecoms infrastructure project at the Bagram and Kandahar Airfields, Afghanistan, led by Hyperion Inc., Pythia International provided information technology infrastructure, installation and maintenance support, including inside cable plant (ISP) and outside cable plant (OSP) under multiple task orders issued throughout the period. The Pythia team of technicians had expertise in: copper, Fiber Optics, PABX, switches, routers, wireless communications, IT hardware, components and peripherals. Pythia technicians routinely installed, terminated and test fiber optic and copper cables, using an OTDR and fusion splicing equipment.

Pythia staff provided supervision and construction of communications network infrastructure, including the following:

  • Installation of manholes and henholes, trenching, laying down underground heavy duty 4” pipes, concreting, backfilling, installation of copper and fiber optic cables.
  • Installation of street copper and fiber optic cabinets and installation of indoor fiber optic distribution boxes.
  • Splicing of copper cables (25, 50, 100, 200, 300, 600 and 900 pairs), and of fiber optic cables ranging 12 to 144 fibers using a Fujikura FSM 50S splicing machine.
  • Testing of the copper cables with a FLUKE Copper Pro II Loop tester both short and ground and POTS tests.
  • Testing of the fiber optic cables/splices with a FLUKE DTX1800 tester, both bi-directional and OTDR.

Reporting and interpreting all the results for the installed networks.