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I Made My Decom Project Disappear!

September 10, 2021

telecom solutions, fiber optic network, telecom shelter, data center, decom, decommission, generator, Fiber, Network Solutions, Logistics, fiber maintenance, data, micro data center

Data centers are becoming more necessary than ever for the telecommunications industry. They are needed to keep up with the increasing demand for data storage and high-speed internet connections, but they can also require significant capital investment and maintenance costs. With that in mind, many telecom executives have been looking into how best to decommission and consolidate their aging data centers without sacrificing customer service or losing competitive advantage on decom pricing.

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The Fiber We're Supplying, It's Electrifying!

September 03, 2021

telecom solutions, fiber optic network, cedar rapids, Fiber, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, Electrical, ODS, Joint Communications Network, Flood, JCN, utility repair, duct, fiber relocate, flood wall

The City of Cedar Rapids is continuing its quest to complete the multi-year and multi-phase installation of the downtown floodwall project. Along with this construction comes renovations to outdated infrastructure related to fiber and electrical utilities. This is a time-consuming and sensitive job that requires schedules to be met. That’s where our resident master electrician Jared Nelson and skilled On-Demand Services team come in to save the day!

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Multi-Site Projects Don't Have to Take FOR-EV-VER!

August 20, 2021

telecom solution, used telecom shelters, telecom solutions, project management, new concrete shelter, telecom shelter, turn-key, Network Solutions, TSD, surplus concrete shelters, telecom site development, Logistics, Electrical, telecom hut, multi-site

The bigger the project the bigger the headache…right? All the engineering, planning, designing, construction, logistics, and everything else that comes with telecom projects, takes careful preparation and plenty of time with any project. But when you have a multi-site project, the workload that you are facing is daunting. But with a few tips from our experts, you can ease the stress and have an organized plan of execution to help guide the project along.

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Surplus Shelters are Like a Box of Chocolates

July 16, 2021

telecom solution, used telecom shelters, telecom solutions, project management, new concrete shelter, telecom shelter, turn-key, Network Solutions, TSD, surplus concrete shelters, telecom site development, Logistics, Electrical, network upgrades, refurbishment, refurb, telecom hut, retrofitting, restoration

Surplus shelters are like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re going to get. Finding a surplus hut that meets your size requirements is like finding a penny face up. But what’s inside and the repairs, refurbishment, retrofitting that needs to happen is unique to each shelter. Read on to find out what our used shelter experts suggest when looking for a surplus option and what is commonly seen when you look inside.

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BDC Group Is Moving!

May 26, 2021

telecom solutions, telecom construction, bdc group, bdc group inc., iowa, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, telecom site development, new headquarters, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, OSP, ODS, bdc, Ketelsen Drive, Hiawatha

For the last few years, BDC Group has been operating our Cedar Rapids headquarters out of multiple locations; our 51st Street office and our warehouse on 33rd Avenue. It is apparent now, more than ever, that we have a need for more space. With that said, BDC is excited to announce we are moving to a new office and warehouse location on Ketelsen Drive in Hiawatha, off of Center Point Road!

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Fiber Builds Have Layers. Ogre's Have Layers.

May 21, 2021

telecom solutions, telecom construction, osp telecom, fiber optic network, fiber splicing, rural broadband, OSP Fiber Construction, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, plowing, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, long haul fiber, OSP, ODS, fiber optic expansion, internet

There is an industry wide rush to get fiber optic networks expanded, upgraded, built for the future. And while that sounds fairly simple – just bury the fiber and move on, right? – network carriers can’t just put the fiber in the ground and expect the network to be efficient and functional. And as many of us in the industry know, building the internet and communications networks from backbone to end user is not as straightforward as it may seem, every network has layers. Below we explore the differences in long- and short-haul fiber builds.

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Need HVAC or Generators? Who You Gonna Call?

May 14, 2021

telecom solutions, concrete shelter, telecom services, telecom construction, telecom shelter, telecom power, telecommunications shelters, generator, iowa, cedar rapids, TSD, power equipment, surplus concrete shelters, HVAC, internet

There are a lot of components that go into your network infrastructure. When planning to build, update, expand, or upgrade your network and its equipment, there are a lot of decisions to be made. Two major and very important pieces of the network are HVAC systems and generators. With many different kinds and features, it can be confusing to understand which will fit your project needs. BDC’s experts help break it down and answer some questions to help you make the right choice for your telecom infrastructure.

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Iowa Feels the Need… The Need for Speed

May 07, 2021

telecom solutions, fiber optic network, 5g, telecom shelter, rural broadband, iowa, cedar rapids, Fiber, Network Solutions, high speed broadband, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, fiber optic expansion, Joint Communications Network, duct, internet

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new bill into law on April 28th, 2021 that addresses the poor status of the state’s broadband infrastructure. This new legislation was unanimously passed in both the Iowa House and Senate with support from both Democrats and Republicans and will provide statewide funding for broadband internet expansion.

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How Much You Want to Bet I Can Throw a Football Over Them Flood Walls?

April 23, 2021

telecom solutions, fiber optic network, telecom shelter, cedar rapids, Fiber, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, ODS, Joint Communications Network, Flood, JCN, utility repair, duct

Time and time again, nature has shown this community what it’s made of and every time, Cedar Rapidians get back up and come together to show their resiliency and ingenuity. Although it has been over a decade since the flood that devastated Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the surrounding areas, in 2008, the community has rebuiltA few scars remain from the event the community has not forgotten. And while it may have been over a decade in the making, the Cedar Rapids Flood Wall project has started construction along the river.

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In a Data Center Far, Far Away….

April 16, 2021

telecom solutions, fiber optic network, telecom shelter, data center, Fiber, Network Solutions, fiber maintenance, data, micro data center

Data centers aren’t going anywhere, but as with anything in the telecommunications and data industries, we are finding ways to transform the technologies that revolutionized the industry. Because many organizations are moving the majority of their data to cloud storage and edge computing is becoming commonplace, the traditional corporate data center is having to modify. Enter micro data centers.

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