in brief A technique for more rapidly cleaning up Telstra’s clogged pits and pipes infrastructure reportedly could offer the National Broadband Network Company a significantly faster deployment mechanism with respect to the fibre components of its network rollout. The technology is reportedly being trialled in the fibre portions of the Coalition’s Broadband Network rollout already, according to ConstructionIndustryNews.net. The site reports (we recommend you click here for the full article, including photos):
“A simple hose and the equivalent of a vacuum cleaner may save the National Broadband Network’s fibre-to-the-premise rollout model. If implemented nationally, it has the potential to deliver fibre to the home at half the cost of Labor’s original costing of $37.4 billion and in just five years, thereby giving fibre a serious advantage on the $41 billion multi-technology rollout model proposed in the NBN strategic review. The pipe-cleaning technology, originally used in the sewerage and water industries, is proving miracles on the NBN rollout, enabling NBN Co to pass about 2500 premises in six to eight weeks as opposed to six months.”
It is not clear whether the more rapid clean-up mechanism has been fully considered as part of the option of “radically redesigning” Labor’s version of the NBN rollout. The Strategic Review published by NBN Co several months ago does mention what it describes as “cost-efficient construction techniques”, but some sentences are blacked out, and it is unclear whether NBN Co has considered the pipe clean-up mechanism as part of this option in the Strategic Review.
The technology has reportedly been demonstrated in Western Australia to the NBN Senate Select Committee of politicians taking submissions examining the CBN, but not much information about the system is available online.
Image credit: NBN Co