Maponics Telecom
Boundaries

Provider: Maponics

Maponics Telecom Boundaries include rate centers, area codes, and LATAs. These telco layers make web maps far more interactive when showing service areas and enable new levels of valuable analysis.

Product Description

Covering the entire US, the Maponics Telecom Boundaries database includes all latitude and longitude coordinates for each polygon. Key attributes like “operating company”, “time zone” and more have been added to provide a rich set of information. They are specifically designed for easy integration into Google, Yahoo!, or Microsoft map mash-ups or into back-end data analysis applications. Unique features include:

  • Quarterly data releases
  • Switch Point database also available
  • Delivery in shapefile, database-loadable WKT, ASCII, or other formats for easy web integration
  • Thinned for fast drawing
  • Many auxiliary tables, relating telecom to ZIP Codes, school districts, and more

Using a proprietary process, Maponics builds rate center maps from base geography to ensure a high quality product, then links rate centers to create LATA and area code boundaries.

Applications

  • Maponics telecom map data is ideal for next generation telecoms who show their coverage area by LATA or Rate Center, all right from their website through interactive maps.
  • Marketing groups, including the team in one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, use Maponics telecom boundaries to analyze service areas and responses to marketing efforts.
  • Relating telecom areas to marketing areas (such as ZIP Codes) in your GIS environment is a synch with our data.

Technical Details

  • Formats: ESRI shapefile, MapInfo TAB, Maponics ASCII, WKT, database-loadable formats
  • Datum: WGS84
  • Update Cycle: Quarterly

Features

Maponics Telecom Boundaries includes the following data files:

  • Maponics Rate Centers – Boundaries
  • Maponics LATAs – Boundaries
  • Maponics Area Codes/NPAs with Overlay – Boundaries
  • Maponics Area Codes/NPAs no Overlay – Boundaries
  • Maponics Switch Points – Centroids

Rate Center Boundaries

The specific geographic area associated with one or more NPA/NXX codes (the first 6 digits of any phone number) that have been assigned to a local exchange carrier. The local exchange carriers use this area to set rate boundaries for billing. Some people refer to these as “exchange boundaries” and “wire center boundaries”. These terms are, for the most part, synonymous with rate center areas. This layer has been thinned to optimize accuracy with web draw speed.

LATA Boundaries

LATA (local access and transport area) is the geographic area covered by one or more local telephone companies. The current rules for permitting a company to provide services are based on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the areas are established in accordance with the Modification of Final Judgment (MFJ). This layer has been thinned to optimize accuracy with web draw speed.

Area Code Boundaries

An area code boundary (more formally known as a “number planning area” or “NPA”) is geographic approximation of regions served by the same telephone area code. Maponics attempts to accurately portray area codes based on data feeds from multiple sources. In some areas (big cities), area codes overlay each other substantially (known as an overlay complex). A single polygon represents these areas served by more than one area code. Maponics provides two different area code shapefiles: one representing overlay NPAs and one where an attempt has been made to carve out distinct polygons per area code. Two product files are provided:

  1. “boundaries, with overlay” – combines small area codes (usually urban) that the North American Number Planning Association defines as overlapping.
  2. “boundaries, no overlay” – includes separate polygons for each area code. For “overlay” area codes, the separate boundaries are approximations.

    These layers have been thinned to optimize accuracy with web draw speed.

Switch Points Specifications (central office points)

The database will include all NPANXX codes for the US, each of which is associated with a specific Switch CLLI Code and latitude/longitude coordinate. The Central Offices are the physical locations of each, though more than one NPANXX is usually served from each CO. Some people refer to the Central Office as a Wire Center, though there are some minor differences. Canada and American Territories are listed only for reference – not fully supported. Note that telecom data changes frequently; discrepancies will exist.

Description

Maponics Rate Center Boundaries

  • State Abbreviation
  • The official Rate Center name, according to NANPA
  • The Switch CLLI Code for one of the switches, according to NANPA.
  • LATA Code
  • Area Code
  • Popular name for the city; the city field is often the same as the Rate Center but not always
  • Offset from GMT (5=East, 6=Central, 7=Mountain, 8=West, etc.)
  • The 4-digit code for the company that manages the infrastructure
  • The name of the primary company responsible for the rate center. Company Names are enclosed with quotes if they contain special characters.
  • Combination of the Rate_Center field and the State field, to create a unique ID
  • Numeric value for colorization in a map, so that no two adjacent Rate Centers have the same color

Maponics LATA Boundaries

  • LATA Code
  • Numeric value for colorization in a map, so that no two adjacent LATAs have the same color

Maponics Area Code Boundaries, with Overlay

  • Full list of NPAs included in the polygon
  • State Abbreviation
  • State FIPS code
  • Numeric value for colorization in a map, so that no two adjacent Area Codes have the same color

Maponics Area Code Boundaries, no Overlay

  • 3-digit area code
  • State Abbreviation
  • State FIPS code
  • Either Yes or No
  • Full list of NPAs included in the polygon; if Overlay=Yes then there will be more than one listed here; useful for map labeling
  • If an NPA is within another NPA, this indicates the parent NPA
  • If a substantial portion of the NPA crosses time zones, then both will be listed
  • Numeric value for colorization in a map, so that no two adjacent Area Codes have the same color

Maponics Switch Points

  • State Abbreviation
  • The 6-digit code, commonly called “area code plus exchange”
  • The official Rate Center name, according to NANPA; blank where unknown
  • The Switch CLLI Code for the switch serving the NPANXX, according to NANPA; blank where unknown
  • LATA Code
  • Area Code
  • Three digit local number prefix (N=2-9, X=0-9). Generally 201 thru 999.
  • Popular name for the city; the city field is often the same as the Rate Center but not always; this is NOT the name of the post office that goes with the dominant ZIP Code
  • Offset from GMT (5=East, 6=Central, 7=Mountain, 8=West, etc.)
  • 1 = Observes DST (Daylight Saving Time) during the normal DST observance period, 0 = Does not observe DST at all. Some areas of the country such as AZ (except for the Navajo Nation), HI, GU, PR, VI, and parts of IN do not observe DST.
  • County Name
  • Census Bureau FIPS code for the census tract where the central office is located (ten digits)
  • Census Bureau Names for the metro area of the central office.
  • Census Bureau ID numbers for the metro area of the central office.
  • 1 = NPA overlay, meaning that this area code overlaps with at least one other; blank = Not an overlay
  • Primary use designation. L=Landline, W=Wireless (all wireless; pagers, cellular, PCS, etc.) Note that some NXXs may be subdivided between landline and wireless. This is simply the reported type by NANPA.
  • Approximate active date for this switch. This is not necessarily the NXX service date, but it should be within 12 months. Intro dates prior to 1994-02-04 will show that date regardless of actual service date.
  • Latitude of record for the central office.
  • Longitude of record for the central office.
  • Latitude for the center of the overall serving area for that NPANXX. Included for ~95% of the US.
  • Longitude for the center of the overall serving area for that NPANXX. Included for ~95% of the US.
  • The 4-digit code for the company that manages the npanxx.
  • The name of the primary company responsible for the npanxx.

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