Monday, August 30, 2010

NZTA concerns regarding Micro-Trenching

New Zealand Transport Authority head Ian Cox has expressed his concerns regarding plans that would see Chorus, Vector, TelstraClear, Opto Networks, and Waikato BOP Fibre trial laying fibre through micro trenches in roads.

The narrow and shallow trenches, which can be made with a circular saw, would simplify the task of laying fibre optic cables to homes throughout New Zealand, increasing the likelihood that the governments plan will come in on time and under budget.

Cox however believes the micro trenching would increase road maintenance costs and increase the likelihood of damage to the fibre optic cables. There may also be increased costs to contractors having to avoid the cables whilst performing road maintenance.

Read More (Telecompaper)

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