Vocus installs 1728-count fibre optic cable in Sydney

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has installed a fibre optic cable in South Sydney with a fibre count of 1728, 12 times the count of network cables with a similar diameter.

Network cables usually have a fibre count of 144 or 288.

According to Vocus COO, Alex West, the benefit of using the 1728 cable is that it reduces the cost per fibre pair.

“Using this technology future proofs the network as the small diameter cable gives us the ability to upgrade our network along a path to around 8600 fibres down a street,” he said in a statement.

"It means we can serve more customers for a longer period before we need to deploy a truck roll and install new fibre, this allows us a far shorter delivery time for new fibre services to our customers.”

While the initial cable was laid in Sydney, opportunities for a further rollout are being explored.

West said the project came about as a bespoke solution to a problem faced by a customer and took around nine months to plan and deploy.

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