Last month, HIP Consult celebrated its 100-country milestone for the data visualization and analytics platform, InfraNav. The platform began as an initiative to collect data in order to respond to supply-side infrastructure gaps that impede strategic fiber network planning. Initially, InfraNav was only an internal effort to aggregate fiber network maps and create geospatial network data in South Africa, and then Africa, and since grown into the most comprehensive GIS database of digital infrastructure spanning across Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Over the past five years, InfraNav has been developed to build, deliver and scale the process of infrastructure mapping and analytics. With an ongoing collection, curation and validation of fiber networks, as well as data centers, IXPs and other ICT infrastructure data, the platform’s intelligence is constantly growing. In pursuit of optimizing network planning and deployment, an aggregation capability was developed to layer infrastructure data with socio-economic and other demand considerations like granular datasets reflecting GDP and population density, as well as development indicators like infant mortality and literacy.
InfraNav will continue to grow and expand to better respond to the challenges and pain points of digital infrastructure stakeholders. Currently, the team is working to integrate additional data points like financial access as well as energy and power infrastructure. Data Laboratory Countries of Bolivia, Kenya and Bangladesh now include mapping of supplementary assets like microwave, VSAT and points of interest like schools and hospitals.
Examples of applications that InfraNav is currently addressing include:
Operator densified fiber and BTS planning
Qualitative and quantitative assessments of infrastructure bottlenecks and investment potential
Identifying infrastructure sharing and interconnection opportunities
As the platform continues to acquire relevant types of related data, its applicable use cases continue to multiply. For example, the roadmap for InfraNav includes the integration of major deployment dependencies like spectrum allocation and Rights of Way (RoW).
Reaching 100-countries is a major achievement, but this is only the beginning. As InfraNav expands its depth and reach, the focus will be on developing algorithms and methodologies to better standardize metrics for achieving ubiquitous connectivity. InfraNav hopes to not only determine how much infrastructure exists across all countries, but also be able to calculate how much investment is needed to most efficiently connect populations.
Additionally, algorithms are being developed to more adeptly quantify the effects of internet connectivity on other sectors, like health and education. These metrics can ideally guide both public and private sector players in streamlining budgets and pushing forward SDGs and other development agendas.
We welcome any commentary or feedback on InfraNav’s current and future features. Please feel free to visit www.infranav.com to learn more or schedule a demo.