The benefits of using public transport have been enhanced by the recent rollout of a fibre connection project for Auckland Transport, managed and installed by telecommunications fibre services provider Universal Communications Group (UCG).
The installation of fibre connectivity at 123 public transport locations throughout Auckland has expanded bandwidth capabilities for commuters and enabled a pathway for improved internet services for commuters in the future. The successful conclusion of the project will deliver faster, more reliable and consistent connectivity.
It has also enhanced the city’s safety, augmenting the capability of the city’s 3000 CCTV cameras monitoring bus stops, train stations, ferry terminals, public transport interchanges and traffic movements on major roads.
The project involved Auckland Transport as the client, with Chorus contracting UCG to manage, design and deliver all of the fieldworks, including installation of the fibre. Local company Fusion Networks Ltd provided the network services. The video available here outlines how the project was delivered.
“Complex technology projects are challenging, especially when they involve multiple parties working together to bring their expertise to the right point at the right time,” said Roger Crellin, Executive General Manager of UCG in New Zealand.
“This project involved creating bespoke designs, with each location requiring its own design solution. Rolling out the delivery of so many fibre installations in public locations in a short time frame required significant up front planning. It was further complicated by the interrupation of Lockdown Level 3 and 4 as the installation was just getting under way,” Mr Crellin said.
“This is a great example of how different providers within the telecommunications sector can work together to deliver a highly complex design and installation project within a short time frame, under extremely trying conditions,” said Mr Crellin.
“I am very proud of the leadership shown by our UCG Design team, our Project Managers and our installation services to deliver this very important project to the people of Auckland,” he said.
UCG is delighted to announce an extension to its UFB2 and UFB2+ contract with Chorus to 31st March 2022 and a continuance of the successful UFB1 contract, providing subcontracted Delivery Partners with security of future workflow at this uncertain time.
Chief Executive of UCG, Muralee Siva, said today that UCG is delighted to further cement what has been a successful and long-standing relationship with Chorus and the New Zealand public in the delivery of the Ultra Fast Broadband initiative.
“The announcement of this extension comes at a very good time, both for UCG and for our Delivery Partners, as it delivers sustainability and longevity of works to the whole delivery chain, as we navigate the fallout of the COVID19 pandemic,” said Mr Siva.
“We moved early to adapt our business to the new conditions imposed by the Covid19 outbreak. This included new safety protocols for staff, ensuring appropriate supplies of PPE were available and adapting our works processes, to ensure households are kept safe during their installation to the Chorus UFB network,” Mr Siva said.
“This agreement to extend our contract will allow us to focus further on the types of innovative projects that have characterised our most recent engagement with Chorus, such as the upgrade to UFB for Auckland Transport’s CCTV smart-sites.”
Andrew Carroll, Chorus’ GM Customer & Network Operations said, “Now more than ever, Chorus has a critical role to play in getting New Zealanders connected to the best possible broadband. “We’re pleased to be extending our close relationship with UCG, so they can continue their valuable work in connecting homes and businesses across the country to our fibre network. They have played a significant role in connecting the many of the 800,000 plus fibre connections we have built in the last four years,” Mr Carroll said.
On January 2nd, 2019 the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – Metropolitan Region, announced (via Tenders.Net) the award to UCG of a contract to undertake an audit, compile a database of optical fibre network assets, and perform functions of maintenance and ongoing repair works.
Busways provide a form of bus rapid transit, comprising separated bus-only corridors, complementing the region’s rail network to provide faster, more efficient bus services to residents of South East Queensland. As a coordinator of South East Queensland’s integrated public transport system, the client maintains responsibility for the busway facilities. These facilities are supported by intelligent transport systems that require high-speed transmission of information from one site to another through a network of optical fibre cables. The considerable existing optical fibre network have been installed progressively as the busway infrastructure expanded over many years.
Recognising that the current optical fibre records do not allow the required visibility to most effectively operate and maintain the optical fibre network Assets, the Department called for tenders in mid-2018.
UCG was awarded the contract and is required to undertake an audit, compile a database of the optical fibre network assets, and undertake regular maintenance and repair works.
UCG CEO Ralf Luna stated, “UCG is very proud to have been chosen by the Department to establish a system to manage and support the Busways fibre optic network. It is a welcome endorsement of our growing asset management and service assurance capability. We have been focusing on supporting local and state government for some time now and this project highlights many of the things UCG is capable of.”
UCG are one of the leading suppliers in the Australia-New Zealand region, of a range of broadband design, cabling and construction services, particularly for next generation cable networks.
Media contact: Rafael Luna
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First published in: 9News
Move over Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – the Gold Coast is leading the way with major infrastructure projects to rival work in the nation’s capitals.
The city’s now boasting the fastest internet in the country, thanks to a fibre-optic cable that was installed for the Commonwealth Games.
“It’s almost got unlimited capacity to move data around the city,” Digital City Program Manager Ian Hatton said.
The cable’s fibre count provides internet 10times faster than the NBN. It’s a major coup for the city’s Mayor Tom Tate who boasted: “We’re way ahead of the game”.
The fibre-optic cable runs 45 kilometres and has been installed to make the Games the safest in history.
“The CCTV camera network for the Games is doubling in size and everything’s moving to high definition,” Mr Hatton said.
It will allow real-time, live-streaming of events but Mr Hatton believes the real benefit will be after the games.
Fifty thousand businesses are expected to connect and residents will also have access to free public Wi-Fi.
The fibre-optic cable runs along the light rail route – another project that’s pushed the city forward since it first took off in 2014.
“This type of infrastructure is all about supporting future growth,” according to Jason Ward from G:link.
There’s now 19 stations from Helensvale to Broadbeach and it takes just 45 minutes to travel from either end of the Coast.
Upwards of 800,000 people use G:link every month and it’s expected during the Games close to a million people will use the city’s newest mode of transport.
“The G will be a big carrier of those people,” Mr Ward said.
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A number of UCG’s New Zealand management team recently attended Chorus’s annual “Service Person of the Year” (SPOTY) awards for the 2016 period.
It is an event where Chorus recognises the excellence of a number of front-line people across its four service companies (UCG, Visionstream, Broadspectrum and Downer). This was the first time UCG attended, and we were very well received by our peers and customer. UCG’s Consents Team were recognised by Chorus as the TEAM OF THE YEAR. We see this as an awesome recognition and our team as well-deserved inaugural winners of this award. Chorus’ Mark Mayerhofler, who works closely with UCG’s Consents Team, stated “…very well deserved recognition, we are all really proud of your achievement here.”
UCG nominated Cellwatch as our delivery partner team of the year for service excellence which was endorsed by Chorus and presented as part of their awards. Amando Tanquintic accepted the award on behalf of Cellwatch.
It is always great to celebrate excellence and success, and look forward to ensuring more celebration at next year’s awards.
For further information contact Paul Trotman on (NZ) 0800 961 223.
UCG has again been successfully placed in the BRW Fast 100 List of fastest-growing Australian companies for 2016. This is the third year in a row UCG has achieved this a distinction with a rank of 18th out of 100 – the same as 2015.
The BRW Fast 100 list has for 27 years ranked Australia’s fastest growing, public and private, small and medium businesses. The annual list has established a strong reputation as being the premier guide to the fastest growing small and medium businesses in Australia.
CEO Ralf Luna said: “The last three years has seen fantastic growth for the company and I want to once again thank all the people of UCG for their considerable efforts in getting us to this position. We are very proud to have received this recognition. It’s the good performance of our people that contributes to our success.”
The full list of the BRW Fast 100 achievers can be found at http://www.afr.com/leadership/brw-lists/fast-100/brw-fast-100-2016-20161116-gsqydz