We’ve got the X Factor

Tilson has the people, knowledge, experience, and technology necessary to provide our clients with end-to-end, full turn-key fiber network design, construction, and commercialization. Our fiber network services include designing and building fiber networks to homes, enterprise facilities, network nodes (small cell and oDAS), and cell sites using GPON, EPON, NG-PON2, Active Ethernet, and RF over glass (RFoG) technologies. Tilson performs all its survey, design and permitting work with its own employees in local offices around the country. In addition, Tilson Infrastructure develops, owns, and leases back dark fiber to carriers and wireless broadband/internet service providers to offer financing flexibility and faster deployment. 

The People

Designing and implementing a complex fiber network is a multi-layered process that requires a large team of people with subject matter expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines. Our FTTx team combines the experience of GIS experts, CAD operators, licensed professional engineers, and network engineers who can provide high-level fiber network designs with a team of experienced outside plant engineers who come from a diverse background of public utilities and broadband providers. Additional network design and implementation services are provided by real estate experts led by a team of attorneys and a construction team experienced in fiber deployment. The entire project team is overseen by a dedicated project manager who ensures a seamless workflow throughout the entire process.

The Technology

Tilson is innovating the way networks are planned, designed and built by leveraging leading edge technology that saves time, minimizes errors and produces a higher quality product. Our network design utilizes advanced GIS and automated design network planning tools, as well as pole data collection and structural analysis tools and software that integrate with our own proprietary software designed by the Tilson IT team.

The Process

Our Projects

Kentucky Wired

The Kentucky Wired project was a large, middle-mile, make-ready engineering project that required rapid ramp-up and deployment to the market. Tilson provided make-ready engineering, including desktop review, field surveys, pole loading analysis and make-ready determinations for over 10,000 poles. Tilson’s outside plant engineers completed the make-ready engineering at a rate of 500-600 poles weekly for the duration of this project. 

Fiber Densification

Tilson is in the process of designing and building several large fiber networks, providing end-to-end connection to cell sites for a large national CLEC across several states and thousands of miles of new fiber OSP.  This project requires extensive engineering and real estate management to provide a fiber connection to over 500 wireless telecommunications tower sites.

Three-Ring Binder

The Three-Ring Binder project consisted of complex fiber design and implementation for over 1,100 miles of dark fiber in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including several international border crossings into Canada. The network deployment required obtaining over 30,000 utility pole licenses, 200 building entrance agreements, and permitting and building nice colocation and regenerations shelters for hubs and a head end. Tilson provided a turn-key service including project management, full network design, permitting, construction, commissioning and optimization. Read full case study.

Mass Broadband

The Mass Broadband project built out a fiber network design for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts bringing Gigabit service to over 900 state government buildings. Tilson was the project manager and consulting engineer for this 1,300-mile lit fiber optic network in Western Massachusetts, managing the construction, testing, and acceptance of the network.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC)

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) awarded Tilson and SQF, LLC the Operations, Maintenance and Commercialization Services project. The project includes a 25-year contract for operations and maintenance services, as well as commercialization services for a fiber optic broadband network that provides connectivity for the PTC’s administrative buildings and offices, maintenance buildings, tolling systems, Intelligent Transportations Systems, among other sites and applications. Read the press release.


When creative solutions for change are required, industry standards are just the starting line. We push the limits on technology, set new standards, and have a long track record of fulfilling on our promises. Browse all case studies here.

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