Vector has started work on a 150 kilometre fibre-optic network connecting Transpower’s 14 Auckland substations.
The network will be operational by the end of 2010, the company says in a statement released today.
“The network will reinforce Transpower’s communications technology that monitors and controls the flow of electricity between substations for the national grid operator,” Vector CEO Simon Mackenzie says.
The fibre network will be owned, operated and maintained by Vector and is a combination of new and existing fibre optic network, a Vector spokeswoman says.
It will be an open access network but companies connecting to it will not be able to access Transpower’s communication’s network, she says.
Vector would not reveal the value of the contract.
Transpower CEO Patrick Strange says that Vector understands Transpower's business and was able to provide the most robust, reliable and cost-effective solution for the Auckland region.