Network Planning Engineer

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The Network Planning Engineer is an expert who plays a significant role in the maintenance of an internal and external network of an organization. They operate to support critical teams across the company where needed and to implement new standards for fiber design engineering along with communicating strategies for new project deployments, upgrades, and maintenance.

They will help to plan the complete set-up of the network for an organization to meet their satisfaction level. It includes CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) as well as OSP (Outside Plant) deployment.

They are involved in the creation of custom network designs which needs placement of new fibers, analysis of capacity information across the OSP fiber plan according to defined network architecture.

They generally incorporate three essential steps:

1. Topological design: In this stage of planning, Engineers determine and optimize the network area along with their switch, cost, and connectivity parameters of the network providers.

2. Network Synthesis: Here they determine the size of network components along with GoS (grade of service). The cost of transmission is also determined in this phase

3. Network realization: This stage calculates an actual physical circuit plan.

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Job Description:

They will assist in multiple ways for the upkeep of the essential network which runs in the 24/7 environment. They take part actively to determine the economic and technical viability of organizational network infrastructure. Engineers are highly engaged to assist Network Operation Centers (NOC) for seamless operations. You as a Network Planner holds significant job responsibilities for the organization by leveraging the network skills.

Engineers make use of technical skills for the network in association with the project management of given network engineering discipline. In case of network failure during peak hours there should be a backup plan in place much before commencing the network driven production. If the Engineers do not document such plans, it may cause the irreversible loss that can be catastrophic at times.


  • Identify or evaluate appropriate network technologies to meet the present and future requirement.
  • Analyze the specific network deployment area considering the concept of CPE, OSP and ISP deployments.
  • Coordinate with customer’s technical teams for equipment installation in terms of their hardware, software, and routers including datacenter connectivity with a zero failure.
  • Creation of backup plan to maintain connectivity during the network failure.
  • Manage network tools across the applicable departments.


The specific educational requirements vary according to organizational requirements. To become a success in this field, you will need to have an essential degree in telecom, computer science, IT and related field.

Salary Outlook:

As per payscale, their average salary is $70,825 per year. Working as a part-time can be an excellent option for the boost to the career. In the Telecom world, top freelance marketplaces like provides the best platform for a freelancer. has almost 35,000+ Engineers around the world available from over 170 countries, making it a success for the employer for dedicated roles.

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