Introduction to Communications Utility Network Foundation

Communications Utility Network Foundation can be used to accelerate coax, copper, fiber, and wireless communication utility network implementations.

It includes a data model that configures ArcGIS Enterprise and the ArcGIS Utility Network to represent communication networks. It deploys foundational services, simplifying the creation of additional web and mobile apps and provides a desktop data editing environment.

Starting with Communications Utility Network Foundation means organizations don't have to spend their time and implementation budget on building custom data models and information products.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploying a solution for more information.


Communications Utility Network Foundation requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 or 11.1
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.9 or 3.1 (Standard or Advanced)

Information products

Communications Utility Network Foundation includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type

Communications Utility Network Foundation

A zipped file with an ArcGIS Pro project package with tasks, a configured utility network in a file geodatabase, editor and auditor maps, and an asset package geodatabase

Creator user type with ArcGIS Utility Network user type extension

When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:

1.4 (Mar 2023)
  • A new Utility Data Management Support toolbox to support ArcGIS Pro 2.9 and ArcGIS Pro 3.1.
  • Aligned the Structure Model with Electric Utility Network Foundation model.
1.3 (Jul 2022)
  • Added configuration options to allow implementation of specific portions of the model.
  • Aligned the structure model with the Electric Utility Network Foundation model.
  • Revised Network Attributes to improve tracing and subnetwork management.
  • The data model in the solution has been updated to version 1.3.
1.2 (Nov 2021)

  • Name changed from Communications Data Management for ArcGIS Enterprise to Communications Utility Network Foundation.

1.1 (Jun 2021)
  • New diagram templates, sample data, edit templates, tasks and attribute rules have been added to improve usability and take advantage of new capabilities.
  • In-depth modeling of ports, patch panels, splitters, splices, multiplexers and other equipment.
  • Added a new Communication Circuit Tier for tracing communication circuits and a Cable tier has been added to replace the removed Copper, Coax and Fiber tiers.
  • Removed the Medium Converter equipment, the network type transition will be reflected by the connector types contained within the device.
  • The data model in the solution has been updated to version 1.1. For a full list of updates, refer to the change log.
1.0 (Nov 2020)
  • The first release of Communications Data Management for ArcGIS Enterprise