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
“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.