25 May 2015 Getting Your Daily Fibre

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25 May 2015 Getting Your Daily Fibre

The latest premises to be linked to Coffs Harbour City Council’s fibre optic cable network is the new Rally Australia office in the city centre.

Council’s New Technology Group was engaged by Rally Australia to provide a high speed data link for internet browsing, as well as a phone network that uses broadband internet for calls rather than phone lines.

The fibre optic network has also recently reached Toormina Library to cope with the switch-off of the copper phone network locally ahead of the NBN roll-out.  The new fibre link provides all the library’s communication needs from the Public Wifi through to CCTV coverage.

Coffs Harbour’s Lifeguards were connected to the fibre network last month using an existing cable from Park Beach Holiday Park. The new service will provide WiFi for the Lifeguards at their office and storage unit at Park Beach which will be of benefit for training programmes.

“Council has had a widespread optic fibre cable network for many years now – initially to help cut the costs of data transfer and telephone calls,” said Andrew Beswick, Council’s Director of Business Services. “It links most of Council’s own premises, as well as offering a service to other organisations such as the National Marine Science Centre and the Coffs Harbour Education Campus

“Laying cables can be extremely expensive, but we cut those costs by laying the cables in existing pipes or at the same time as we put in other infrastructure. We also use the expertise and skills of Council’s own staff, with a small amount of contracted under-boring, to actually carry out the work,” he said.

The new Castle Street carpark upgrade also received a technology upgrade. The emergency phones in the newly-installed lifts in the carpark are connected via Council’s Fibre Network.

To date there are more than 100kms of cable throughout Coffs Harbour, which run from Sawtell to Korora and as far west as Karangi Dam. The network links 40 Council facilities.

Council’s New Technology Group has also been contracted to install cable networks for Nambucca Shire Council, Inverell Shire council, Tweed Shire Council and Port Stephens Council. The latest customer is Shoalhaven Council where a town centre CCTV network has just been commissioned.