April 16, 2015
From Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine: “For some, frustration with demarcation extension remains standard”
Twenty-five years after the FCC amended its definition of the demarcation point, extending the demarc can still give some private-network owners fits.
By Patrick McLaughlin
It has been 16 months since this publication covered the idea of customer-premises demarcation in detail (“Demarc extension is mostly uncharted territory,” December 2013). In those 16 month, by nearly any measure, little has changed related to the tasks and challenges associated with the stretch of cabling commonly called the demarc extension. Demarc Extension Nationwide (www.demarcextension.com) defines that stretch of cabling as follows: “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 [CPE]. This may include in-segment equipment, media converters and patch cords as required to complete the circuit’s transmission path to the edge CPE.”
Veterans of in-building wiring systems likely are unsurprised that nothing has changed over the past 16 months; many would argue that nothing has changed in the nearly 25 years (August 1990) since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) amended its definition of the term “demarcation point” to help clarify confusion that existed over the location(s) of demarcation points in multi-unit buildings. That 1990 amendment sought to ensure the demarc would be near the minimum point of entry (MPOE), which is the point at which the service provider’s cabling enters the premises.
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February 5, 2014
In a recent article from Cabling Installation and Maintenance Magazine titled “Demarc Extension is Mostly Uncharted Territory” it discusses extending the handoff point between public and private networks and why it remains an area largely unstandardized despite it being crucially important to the telecommunications industry.
The article also covers:
- The role of key players in the telecommunications industry, such as Concert Technologies
- The FCC and a brief history of deregulation of the phone industry and demarc extension regulations
- Products and technologies that facilitate a demarc extension
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April 10, 2013
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.
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March 27, 2012
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:
- On-site project management
- Circuit testing and maintenance
- Demarc extensions
- Equipment de-installation
- Installation of IP technology
- Configuration of IP technology
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August 5, 2011
March 9, 2011
Dulles, VA, March 9, 2011 – Demarc Extension Nationwide, a brand of Concert Technologies and a leading provider of nationwide demarc extensions as well as CPE installations and other technology deployments, will announce its Partner Program at the Channel Partners Spring 2011 Conference & Expo to be held March 13-15 in Las Vegas, NV.
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
The Channel Partners Conference & Expo is the communications industry’s only event exclusively for indirect sales organizations — agents, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and consultants — focused on transforming their businesses to become the next-generation solutions providers. http://www.channelpartnersconference.com/2011/vegas/
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
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August 1, 2010
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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
In addition to tips and advice, Demarc Extension Nationwide offers free resources including definitions of terminology and diagrams of demarc extension types. (Click each term to access the resource from the Demarc Extension Web site.)
Demarc Extension Nationwide is a brand of Concert Technologies. It was developed as a provider of nationwide installation services and education of the demarc extension.
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May 14, 2010
By: Patrick McLaughlin
Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine
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
- Installer survey data for demarc extensions
- Demarc extension standards and resources
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March 1, 2010
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
- The Industry’s Only 100% Operational Guarantee
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January 15, 2010
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Concert Technologies Defines the Standards of Previously Convoluted Terminology and Improper Installation of the Demarc Extension
DULLES, VA, JANUARY 15, 2010 – Concert Technologies, the nationwide installation and international rollout leader, today announced the launch of its Demarc Extension Nationwide brand and associated website which defines the previously non-existent standards for a demarc extension.
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.
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