Clear fibre-optic tests near end

Clear Communications is in the final stage of testing a new fibre-optic installation system, with a view to adopting the technology as its de facto cabling standard. While the company is not looking to replace any of its current network, if the trials are successful any additions to the network will use the technology.

Clear Communications is in the final stage of testing a new fibre-optic installation system, with a view to adopting the technology as its de facto cabling standard. While the company is not looking to replace any of its current network, if the trials are successful any additions to the network will use the technology.

The current trial is for a product called Blolite, which was introduced to New Zealand earlier this year by Christchurch company MM Cables. Blolite is essentially still fibre-optic cabling, but the installation process is considered to be a more cost-effective alternative to the current method.

Clear is using Blolite to link customers’ PC or PABX structures directly to its network in the street by blowing the fibre from the network to the client’s system.

Mike Coleman, project engineer for Clear in the trials, says that the trial is looking at three factors — robustness, ease of installation and cost.

Coleman says: “BT [British Telecom] already has this system in place, but our position is slightly different in that we are starting from scratch. Depending on the outcome of the trials, the adoption will either be full blown or partial.”

The final stages of the trial were started last week in Onehunga and are expected to last for two weeks.

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