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Topic # 180711 18-Sep-2015 20:39
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I'm re-posting this, since it was so popular in another thread (and I'm a Coaster), along with an abbreviated version of the story I've had approval to share...


Karamea is a small settlement on the West Coast of the South Island, approximately 85 km North of Westport.  Karamea has for some time had its telephone and broadband delivered by an 8 MegaBit Digital Microwave Radio system (DMR).  To get fibre to service the area, a very difficult, steep, narrow and winding 27km section of road through DOC reserve (called the Karamea Bluff) was an obstacle.

Soon after Chorus was awarded the RBI contract, the project to fibre the Karamea Bluff started.  Consultancy recommended to lay 10km of fibre underground and the more difficult 17km section of fibre to be installed on Buller Electricity power poles.  Negotiations with all parties took a few years.

The installation started in October 2014, with the underground cabling and in tandem the Buller Electricity upgrading of poles over the aerial route (to allow for the additional loading associated with the aerial cable).  The aerial section was installed by helicopter in March 2015.

This has since delivered Fibre to Karamea School and the Karamea settlement.  Vodafone (our partner in the RBI) also deployed a cell site in Karamea.  Check out the below video of the aerial cable being installed by helicopter.

  





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  Reply # 1389931 18-Sep-2015 20:59
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That is awesome. Now if they could do the other end of the Coast (ie, Haast) that would mean that it was (almost) covered by fibre from end to end.

 

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  Reply # 1389934 18-Sep-2015 21:07
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So how does the helicopter deployment work?  I see it flew along beside all of those poles with the fibre reel dangling underneath it... I missed how the fibre gets attached to the poles.  Does it sort of swing the fibre in at each pole to be grabbed by the linesman who is up the pole and thus attached before moving to the next pole?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1389978 18-Sep-2015 22:27
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Wondered about that as well. Had to dodge the leccy lines for sure!

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  Reply # 1389997 18-Sep-2015 22:43
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linw: Wondered about that as well. Had to dodge the leccy lines for sure!


Yes! The lectrics don't mix well with the helicopter whizzy around bits.

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  Reply # 1390060 19-Sep-2015 08:05
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Great outcome.
Next time, consider investing in and using https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skrp2XNgZBM for improved speed and costs savings.

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Reply # 1390063 19-Sep-2015 08:15
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Now we just need the Fibre connected to the new site in Port Waikato that is ready and waiting

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  Reply # 1408090 16-Oct-2015 23:50
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quickymart: That is awesome. Now if they could do the other end of the Coast (ie, Haast) that would mean that it was (almost) covered by fibre from end to end. I'm a Coaster too :)


Awesome quickymart, didn't know that!  Yes I was surprised when I found out a few years ago that Haast didn't even have Chorus Broadband.

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  Reply # 1408230 17-Oct-2015 13:48
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aumouth: Great outcome.
Next time, consider investing in and using https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skrp2XNgZBM for improved speed and costs savings.


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  Reply # 1411280 22-Oct-2015 18:17
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aumouth: Great outcome.
Next time, consider investing in and using https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skrp2XNgZBM for improved speed and costs savings.


That wouldnt work very well in New Zealand because the fiber and power lines are owned by different companies. The only thing in common they have is a pole sharing or vertical space leasing agreement.

There are a few companies that own both power lines and have small fiber networks but not on a scale of national significance.




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