Turtle Island Communications, Inc. (TICOM) was established to provide engineering and technical consulting services to tribes, tribal corporations, state, and federal agencies that seek to improve broadband services in Indian Country. Tribal communities are faced with making important decisions in assessing how they will prepare themselves from crossing the Digital Divide, into an area of Digital Opportunity. Our management team brings extensive telecommunication industry experience, and cultural competency to meet the project needs of our clients.
We have contributed to federal telecommunication and Broadband policies that provide a framework for Tribal Centric Solutions in unserved and undeserved tribal land areas. Our services are designed to assist our clients in broadband technology planning, system design, network implementation, and training. We develop plans that meet our client’s project objectives; and complete a final product that provides solutions that meet short and long-term communication goals.
TICOM looks forward to talking with you about your project objectives and how we can support you in implementing them.
Our Feasibility Studies provide detailed pro forma financial projection model for our client’s broadband system that includes estimates of capital investments, annual expenses, operational costs, profits, and losses.
A Business Plan will be created that defines your telecommunication business development goals. The Plan will include details of the business structure and operations, proforma financial statements, and a financial analysis.
TICOM’s services include assisting our clients with securing grant funding and loan financing at various stages of project development and implementation. To date, our client’s projects have been awarded approximately $100M in federal, state, and tribal grant funding; and $12M in Tax Credit Financing. These funds have been used to support wireline and wireless construction projects.
TICOM assists in complying with federal, tribal, and state government regulations to meet project requirements. TICOM services include technical and regulatory services that meet FCC, FAA, and BIA requirements.
TICOM combines the expertise and technical resources of the telecommunications industry in defining a strategic network plan and design by integrating all aspects of our clients’ project objectives and requirements. TICOM utilizes a comprehensive methodology that includes system design review and assistance, maximization of existing invested infrastructure, verification assistance, and a deployment plan review.
TICOM’s network design process incorporates extensive knowledge and experience along with best practices of the telecom industry in the network design for both wireline and wireless systems. TICOM’s network design work incorporates the use of leading edge and advanced technologies to help our clients make the best investment decisions within the constraints of capital and operations and maintenance budgets. TICOM’s network design services include transport fiber facilities, fiber to the premise, home and business; contractor and vendor selection, core and access network equipment specification development and implementation, and final assessment of the Acceptance Test Plan.
Outside Plant Engineering
TICOM has experience in all aspects of outside plant engineering, and management services for a total turn-key operation. Our complete project management approach includes route feasibility and cost studies, field engineering and mapping services incorporating aerial, buried and underground facilities, preparation of plans, specifications and Request for Proposals, bid processing and bid evaluations, contract preparation, permitting and Right-of-way acquisitions, construction management support, construction inspection services, and final as-built documentation post-construction.
Installation and Network Integration
TICOM takes pride in building your broadband network to the highest industry standards. Quality installation and network integration services makes TICOM the right choice for every aspect of your wireline and wireless implementation projects whether a greenfield project or an expansion of your existing operations. TICOM guarantees quality workmanship in every phase of the broadband system installation and turn-up, commissioning, optimization, and testing services. TICOM’s work is not complete until the network is operating to the exact engineering and technical specifications as designed.
CAD Design & GIS Mapping
TICOM utilizes AutoCAD and ESRI ArcGIS mapping software in all aspect of your broadband system implementation, deployment, and management. TICOM collects GPS field data utilizing sub-meter high-accuracy GNSS Trimble Geo7x GPS collector for use in planning, designing and ultimately producing as-built drawings.
Project & Construction Management
Our clients benefit from a single point of management responsibility for planning, design management, and operational services. TICOM manages projects to ensure orderly and timely completion, monitors the implementation, and provides analysis and resolution of claims or disputed issues. Our services include documentation of progress, schedule reviews and updates, handling submittals and requests for information, and review of contractor payment requests.
TICOM reviews construction progress to ensure compliance with specifications and plans. TICOM provides negotiation and coordination of change orders with the contractors, determines responsibility for changed conditions or coordination conflict, provides review of price and schedule changes, and certifies the Substantial Completion and Final Acceptance for construction projects.
- 541330 – Engineering Services
- 237130 – Power and Comm. Line and related Constructions
- 541370 – Survey and Mapping
- 541512 – Computer System Design Services
- 541990 – All other Professional Scientific, & technical services
Providing Innovative Turnkey Communication Solutions