Extend the Life of Your Legacy Equipment With a Strong Plan

Technician working on telecom equipment

OSP MAGAZINE — In today’s highly competitive communications market, belt tightening has become the order of the day. In every organization there are numerous team members that provide input into decisions surrounding extending the life of legacy equipment, usually defined as any equipment that is outside of the OEM’s original warranty. Critical to that decision-making process is a closed loop methodology from the beginning to the end of the life cycle of each piece of legacy equipment.

There are a number of considerations that need to be explored to fully understand where there can be cost reductions, the ability to preserve legacy infrastructure, or, if necessary, a responsible method to dispose of equipment that truly has reached the end of its life cycle and needs to be retired. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  1. Extend the life of your legacy equipment after the OEM warranty has expired.
  2. Explore options to extend the warranty.
  3. Have a system that details asset management and reporting.
  4. Implement a sparing program that meets region/logistical requirements.
  5. Manage critical spares that meets region/logistical requirements.
  6. Service Level Agreements.
  7. Program for end of life products.

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