Demarc is short for Demarcation Point, or the spot in a building where telecom companies must leave their services. As mandated by federal law, all telecommunications carriers must hand off their telecom circuits to each subscriber, leaving their service at the building’s demarcation point, which is usually a ground floor telecom room. From this point, the demarc extension is the subscriber’s responsibility, extending their telecommunications circuit to their suite or network room, and begin using the telecom circuit.
Let Concert Technologies accelerate all your telecom circuit requirements through our Demarc Extension Nationwide program specifically developed to extend and test telecom circuits.
DULLES, VA, March 26, 2012 – Concert Technologies, the national technology rollout and global deployment leader, has been selected to present at the 2012 Spring Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The session titled “Using the Force! Increasing Your Value With Field Services” will feature Dennis Mazaris, President and CEO of Concert Technologies, as a panelist. The presentation will be held Wednesday, March 28 from 10:15-11:15 am with no advance registration required for those attending the 2012 Spring Channel Partners Conference.
“Using the Force! Increasing Your Value With Field Services” is part of the Track Three: New Opportunities series to help companies boost and diversify their revenue stream by adding professional and managed services. Mazaris will join other industry experts to expose the added value of utilizing a field service organization for nationwide technology rollouts and global deployments. With VoIP and other IP technologies as the focus of service deployment at customer sites, the value added by field services to the telecom agent or VAR’s business can make or break the opportunity to win the business of the customer. Subjects covered will include:
The technology industry is changing every day with developments in new technologies and the continuing growth of the telecommunications field. It has become increasingly important for business practices to reflect the growth in the industry with scalable models. When evaluating a Technology Rollout Company, it is best to not only determine how well they will manage and complete your current technology deployment project, but consider how their system of methodologies for deploying technology will be scaled to work efficiently no matter the technology, number of sites or services required.
Commodity Service Viewpoint Technology rollout services are sometimes incorrectly viewed as a commodity service. Some assume that most anyone who has any kind of deployment business model has the ability to manage and deploy a rollout on a nationwide scale to the quality and efficiency you desire. This rationale can be equated to that of the fast food industry in which you have a drive-thru providing the same level of service on every corner. However, the difference is that when you drive off after receiving your order, you find out that you didn’t get what you paid for. Now, compare this to a restaurant that specializes in not just food, but also the process of preparation and service experience. Not only are they able to provide rapid service, but it is accompanied with the highest quality of standards from the time you enter the establishment to the time you exit and if your order is not to your likings they are there to correct it immediately. The commodity service viewpoint is a huge risk in the industry because it assumes that technology rollouts do not require in-depth expertise, long-term established partnerships and a Technology Rollout System to ensure management of all aspects of the Rollout Life Cycle.
Applying the Technology Rollout System to a Multi-Site, Multi-Service Project No two technology rollout projects are the same. As part of a Technology Rollout Company’s system of methodologies, a Rollout Services Model consisting of integrated components that are flexible and scalable to any project size and scope allows the Tehnology Rollout Company to provide multi-site, multi-service, multi-technology rollouts efficiently.
Multiple Sites: The ideal system would work as effectively for a project consisting of thousands of sites as it would for one site. The Rollout Delivery Team varies from company to company, but always should define the essential roles relating to the execution of the project. With a defined management processes and an efficient communication channel, a Technology Rollout Company can take on a project of any size with the same quality of service- from one site to tens of thousands of sites.
Multiple Services: The deployment method utilized will have an effect on the ability to meet site-specific requirements such as services, deployment technologies, technical support and communication specifications. Using local resources allows the Technology Rollout Company to get the job done no matter the technology or equipment required.
How is this Flexibility Possible? The integrated components under the Rollout Services Model with Project Management as its cornerstone component, allows the Technology Rollout Company to apply their system of methodologies to any project size and scope. The Rollout Services Model is universal and technology independent allowing it to be applied to all types of projects no matter the technology, equipment or services required. Finally, the Project Manager, as part of the Rollout Delivery Team, manages the rollout process and serves as the customer’s single point of contact ensuring all project activities are completed to the customer’s specifications.
This program will provide select partners the opportunity to accelerate the growth of their business with an alternative revenue stream while providing value added solutions for customers both nationwide and internationally. Through Demarc Extension Nationwide’s Partner Program, agents will be able to expand their services to see the project through the installation phase, increasing customer satisfaction and taking the burden off the agent.
Through the program, agents can expand their services portfolio to include:
“The Channel Partners Conference and Expo is a natural venue for Demarc Extension Nationwide to collaborate with agents,” commented Vice President of Sales, Joshua Shaw. “Helping agents grow their revenue stream while offering a value added solution to their customer through our Partner Program is an important step in expanding our support for the telecom agent and channel partner community.”
Additional information on the value of the demarc extension to telecom agents may be found in an article titled “Understanding the Role of Demarc Extension” published in the December 2010 issue of Channel Partners Magazine (formerly Phone+).
About Channel Partners Conference & Expo
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About Demarc Extension Nationwide
Demarc Extension Nationwide is a brand of Concert Technologies and was developed as the telecommunications industry leader for nationwide installation services and education of demarc extensions. In addition to providing these nationwide installation and maintenance services, the brand sets the standards and supplies the necessary information to facilitate the understanding of specifications and installation practices for demarc extensions. Demarc Extension Nationwide supports the telecom agent, carrier and channel partners in ensuring complete operability of the circuit or technology at the customer’s site. Visit Demarc Extension Nationwide online at www.demarcextension.com
Demarc Extension Nationwide has produced a set of tips and advice for cabling professionals dealing with the often complicated process of extending a facility’s demarcation point. It aims its advice and services at telecom agents, and in this advice, the organization indicates it feels these agent’s pain. “As a telecom agent, you have dealt with demarc extensions before,” the company says. “Even though the demarc extension is often trivialized, it is an important part of the service provided to your customer.”
Several factors can delay circuit delivery, Demarc Extension Nationwide explains, and offers help to avoid such delays. “If the local access provider or the carrier is going to extend the service, confirm the conditions surrounding the agreement. Some requirements that may cause these issues are ceiling height, the need to use tall ladders or lifts, and installations involving core-hole drilling between riser closets. Many times the carrier or local access provider follows certain policies regarding these construction restrictions that can lead to a refusal to install the demarc extension.”
Other pitfalls to watch out for include the following.
The local access provider may not tag the POTS line with the phone number, leading to issues with future installations and a delay in circuit delivery.
Access to multiple telecom rooms and other tenant spaces
Coordination with the many parties involved – Carrier, local access provider, end user, solution provider, master agent or agent and demarc extension contractor
Congested pathways and other challenges that the technician may face at the site
The use of unmanaged and unskilled field technicians to install and test demarc extensions and circuits
The white paper entitled “The Demarc Extension and its Critical Role in Enterprise Network Telecommunications Infrastructure,” authored by Concert Technologies exposes the fact that the loss of standardization for this important piece of cabling has led to poor installation practices. Addressing the information needs of telecommunications agents and carriers, the paper arms these professionals with the knowledge to ensure the circuit’s complete operability at the time of delivery.
The demarc extension is defined as: The transmission path originating from the interface of the access provider’s side of a telecommunications circuit demarcation point within a premises, and ending at the termination point prior to the interface of the edge customer premises equipment. This may include in-segment equipment, media converters and patch cords as required to complete the circuit’s transmission path to the edge customer premises equipment.
“This white paper sets industry standards and guidance for the most important transmission path in commercial buildings,” said Dennis Mazaris, developer of Demarc Extension Nationwide and president of Concert Technologies. “Without standards and guidelines, the potential to install the demarc extension incorrectly increases and can threaten business and affect productivity. This issue is important for the telecom agent and the carrier to address in order to increase customer satisfaction and ensure future business.”
The paper also emphasizes the impact that this piece of cabling – the demarc extension – has on businesses and buildings across the U.S. and internationally.
The white paper highlights the following, as well as other information.
The importance of the demarc extension to essential circuit delivery and customer satisfaction
Isolating circuit versus inside-wiring problems quickly
The correlation between the loss of standardization and poor installation practices
Clarification regarding who is responsible for the installation
Dulles, VA, March 1, 2010 – Starting today a new resource will be available to telecom agents to access one point of contact in order to satisfy the federal mandate for all commercial buildings to have a demarc extension. Previously an area of uncertainty, the successful installation of the demarc extension is critical to the outcome of the circuit working properly and reliable. From the customer’s prospective, this gray area can have significant impact on the perception of the telecom agent’s capabilities to deliver circuits on time and without issues.
“The main objective of Demarc Extension Nationwide, a brand of Concert Technologies, is to be the single contact and provide a complete program of demarc extension services nationally, thus reducing the agent’s exposure to providing poor service in the eyes of the customer, whether the agent is involved or not ” explains President, Dennis Mazaris.
Demarc Extension Nationwide guarantees agents the assistance necessary to have their products and services implemented for their customer to be on schedule. By offering a reliable demarc extension service with years of experience nationally, the agent as well as their customer can feel confident that the issues that may arise can be handled in a professional, timely, and consistent manner. Important services include:
Inside Wiring and OSP
eCPE and Other Equipment Installations
Testing, Turn Up and Troubleshooting for all Telecom Circuits
FCC part 68 regulation and federal law mandates every telecommunications circuit to have a demarc extension. This is the critical cabling and equipment that extends a circuit in the building from the local access provider’s demarcation point to the edge customer’s premises equipment. There are thousands of circuits delivered weekly to organizations across the country with each circuit requiring a demarc extension. Without the standardization of terms and installation practices, there is a high risk of negative impact to the delivery, performance and maintenance of critical telecommunications circuits and their access to the internet and other network connections outside of a facility.
“This has been a problem in the industry for over three decades,” said Dennis Mazaris, developer of Demarc Extension Nationwide and President of Concert Technologies. “The lack of industry standards and terms has caused confusion, delayed communication flow and finger pointing, as well as issues in overall service delivery. With a decade and a half of experience deploying technology nationwide and globally, we have taken the initiative in defining and standardizing a demarc extension, the single most critical cabling component within a facility.”
Benefits to the Industry
The Demarc Extension Nationwide initiative standardizes the previous confusion within the telecommunications and technology industry. The Demarc Extension Nationwide brand was developed for the following purposes:
To deliver an accelerated and exceptional level of nationwide service, including international capabilities, for the installation and maintenance of demarc extensions.
Eliminate management needs and effort by providing all demarc extension services from a single nationwide provider.
To provide clear and concise information to the telecommunications market and facilitate the understanding of specifications and installation practices for the demarc extension.
DULLES, VA, JANUARY 7, 2010 – BICSI, an international association and leader for education in the information transport systems industry, has selected Concert Technologies, the authority on national rollouts and international deployments, to present its Demarc Extension Seminar at the National 2010 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition in Orlando. The seminar titled “Understanding the Demarc Extension – A Facility’s Most Critical Cabling Channel” will be presented on Wednesday, January 20 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
The Demarc Extension Seminar will be presented by Dennis Mazaris, RCDD and President and Founder of Concert Technologies. It will explain the importance of the demarc extension, which is the critical cabling that extends a circuit in the building from the local access provider’s demarcation point to the customer’s premises equipment. By federal law all circuits delivered in the United States are required to have a demarc extension installed to complete the transmission path of the circuit in a premise.
When you are setting up your business’s physical layout, you know that there are certain points that are important to consider. Yes, you must keep in mind that adequate rest rooms are an important part of the planning, and you know that you have to comply with city fire-codes about the exits. However, you should keep in mind another very important aspect of your layout – the telecommunications layout. Mapping of the phone closet and building DMARC (demarcation point) is very important not only for the current state of your business but for its future growth.