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Déry Telecom – Outside Plant

Asset audit assesses value of telecommunications network

Laurentian, Quebec

When Déry Telecom acquired Norfib, they expanded their services area to the Laurentian region located northern of Montréal. This acquisition meant they needed to conduct a detailed evaluation on the state and status of that infrastructure. In 2013, Déry brought us in to evaluate their existing assets alongside the Norfib assets and determine the market value of their external network.

After a thorough analysis of asset files and network maps, we started on a field audit—visually confirming that the inventory was in line with the information. Approximately 15% of the network was targeted as a sample, including coaxial cables (checking length, number and type of amplifier, power supply, and splitters) and fiber (checking section length and number and type of splice boxes).

The next step was to compare our audit information to the data and determine the market value of the assets. We estimated network deterioration through visual inspection and validated that the network had been built to standard. Using a linear amortization factor and taking into account physical condition, age, and standards of the network, we completed our analysis and delivered the estimated value to Déry.

With this asset value in hand, Déry is better prepared to undertake a modernization projects that will increase the quality of Cable TV, Internet, and phone services in rural communities throughout Quebec. 

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