Photos: building Tassie's Scottsdale NBN

Photos: building Tassie's Scottsdale NBN

Summary: In the lead-up to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's July date for switching on National Broadband Network (NBN) services in the first Tasmanian homes, ZDNet Australia has obtained some photographs of the roll-out taking place in Scottsdale, Tasmania.


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    232kg of cable will need some burly Tasmanians to lift.

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    Installed multi-port and tail awaiting pole-to-pole fibre and lead-ins.

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    A close-up of the installed multi-port and tail awaiting pole-to-pole fibre and lead-ins.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government AU, Tech Industry

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  • And people are complaining about these fibre cables being hung overhead? Those cables are just as much of an eyesore as those powerlines that have been there for so many years. So what if there's an extra bit of cable being strung high above you? Big deal!
  • I agree. These pictures don't make it seem like such an issue, although it could become more messy in built up areas.

    Suzanne Tindal, News Editor.
  • I thought these were going to be thinner than the current overhead cables, they look the same to me. What gives?
  • Being a comms worker myself, Im interested to know how they are planning to complete the connections to the houses between the poles, will they be mid spanning? current laws in a number of states stipulate you cannot any longer climb the midspan via a hooked ladder, so will they be deploying a bucket truck/cherry picker to complete these spans
  • Third world ugly stuff Suzanne and the Burbs will be having a lot to say when this monstrosity comes their way.
  • Suzanne can report from North America (Canada today, Alaska tomorrow) that the desire is for all new cable networks to be underground, as would be expected in any modern Country.
  • This reminds me of telephone cabling in Vietnam and Beirut. This seems like the government is quickly getting a few streets done before the election so they can say theyve finaly after years of headscratching, started work the NBN. But I think its all totaly for show and nothing more than a bandaid on Stephen Conroys soiled portfolio.
  • the over head cabling looks quaint. if you go to the US you see a lot of the bucket/cherry picker trunks driving around. I would say that is what we will be getting
  • Nice try Sydney - even in Alaska all you can think about are those more precious than life itself, Telstra shares. Just to "happily" report they are currently $2.98.

    But it must be eye opening to see igloos with better comms than we have thanks to Telstra, lol... Nah, you wouldn't see it. Anyway...

    As RL said at top - "And people are complaining about these fibre cables being hung overhead? Those cables are just as much of an eyesore as those powerlines that have been there for so many years. So what if there's an extra bit of cable being strung high above you? Big deal"!

    Exactly RL - where there are currently overhead power wires, why not add NBN cables and where power is subterrainian, place the cable underground. Gee that was hard, perhaps I should be Telstra CEO? Some people are simply so biased (due to their own greed) and will say anything...

    BTW - Syd your precious Telstra has slowed me (as I knew and accept they would) as I have exceeded my quota. Only thing is they clearly state that I will be slowed to 64k (not up to 64). But when I did checks (here on ZD), at one stage I was only getting 49k and have been under 64 everytime.

    What do you think I should do about such Telstra dishonestly (imo) - them slowing me less than they should, Sydney? Contact the TIO?
  • Lovely Photos
    Great product placement
    Does it really take seven crew for one Elevated work platform?
    This aerial deployamnt looks far more costly than anything on Terra Firma.
    Looking closely at those multi post taps, look like they were designed to work above ground.
    Is NewZealand going deliver a quicker and more cost effective roll-out, on a cost /metre basis?
    Maybe their eyes are not foucesed in the clouds, they seem to be more down to earth.

    Telstra must be very happy that their Arcane construction techniques have been adopted by the NBN.... "That will f... them" must be the back room comments being heard.
    When will NBN Co begin to embrace Innovation?
    The NBN Tassie efforts connecting 200,000 homes in 5 years sounds like something out of the dark ages. The Germans can roll out 16 million in three years., the Swiss 1.5million in eighteen months, the Danes they do it it just a quick and the Polish even quicker.
    Granted we can fit in all of Europe into Australia,however 200,000 homes in 5 years in Tasmania sounds like someone is having a lend of someone else.
    Good luck NBN Co. The idea is great the execution .....That's questionable
  • Seven crew needed for one elevated platform, you would have to say no.

    But at a guess, I'd also say most is regulatory (safety) requirements - traffic control, watchman etc, as they are working in a public environment, dealing with motorists, and electricity issues, etc.

    On the flip side, sure they could streamline and have less crew members. But then we'd all be screaming - NBN is cutting coners and making insulation gibes, so...

    Damned if you do...
  • Hi RS, I am all for Safety First, but I only count 2 lollypop men and 4 supervisors for the complex overhead task, i am sure that there are other crew not shown in the picture. for instance tending to the heavy cable drums. It appears that one drum would do 12 -15 homes unless they are also using aerial road crossings in which case we could double it.
    Then the whole things looks like MIERDA
  • This is 3rd world we cant even cut cable to lenght got to have rolls of waste hanging off poles how much at the home whos paying for this wastage i reckon it might be the customer how many hundreds of kilometers are going to be hanging around by the the end of the project ? How much money would that be $2 per meter x alot
  • Wow, I did not see one educated comment here. This is why the government makes crappy decisions; because uneducated people drive public opinion.
    1. Would you like to pay 5-15x as much for an underground network? Go ahead, because that is how much extra it costs, it's more complicated, takes longer, and is more disruptive. Quicker, easier to install and fix if there is a problem.
    2. Knowing how much EM radiation there is for overhead lines vs underground lines, I would much rather have them in the air than under my feet (1.5m down vs. 9m in the air? Soil doesn't affect the EM field significantly), so the whole argument about safety of overhead lines is bollocks.
    3. It is quite hard to break and re-join fibre, so maybe that is why they have so much left over, it may also provide a safety margin if the line is damaged.
    4. In the age of environmentalism I would have thought it better to use sustainable timber poles to suspend the less energy intensive cables above ground, rather than use a very energy intensive undergrounding process to put a much more energy intensive cable product below ground where it is closer to us with more risk of adverse effects, not to mention being harder to fix.
    Is it really the 3rd world countries that have it backwards or is it us and our vanity that is blinded by the perseption that overhead lines are "ugly", when in fact most people couldn't tell you if there were lines overhead after driving down a street.
    Time to use a bit of common sense people, however uncommon it may be.