This backbone build was required due the growth area between Raymond terrace and William Town. A number of new suburbs are planned for the area over the next 10 years and the installation of a 96 fibre allows for spur cables to be taken to these new areas in the future.
This project is one of the largest optical fibre installation projects UEA has undertaken for Optus. The total civil build for this project was 13.4 km and the scope covered civil works, cable hauling and fibre splicing.
UEA, in consultation with the local authorities, decided that through the environmentally sensitive Tilligerry State conservation water catchment area Horizontal Directional Drilling was the best option of installation to help protect the sensitive catchment area. The total distance for the drilling was 5.8 km.
Direct buried optic fibre cables were installed by means of ploughing at a depth of 1.2m through rural residential areas for 7.3 km. To complete this civil build 300m of P50mm conduit was installed.
The hauling on this project required 96 single mode optic fibre (smof) to be installed through the new construction for a total distance of 7.3km and 7.3 km of 96 high tensile jelly filled cable to be ploughed in.