Utilities are well positioned to play a complementary role in national fiber development, capitalizing on their existing infrastructure.
Supporting co-investment strategies with utilities can help to lower costs and share risks. For instance, a power utility’s tower infrastructure deployed for core services is ideal for fiber deployments. Globally, there have been cases of sewage systems being used for fiber roll-out. Separate ducts are being laid alongside the water pipelines, helping reduce the expenditure.
Initiatives to standardize deployments:
- Construct utility corridors in new roads and infrastructure so that all utilities (including gas, water and fiber) are laid together, leading to reduced effort, time and cost of RoW
- The ‘common duct policy’ for which the pilots are being conducted, is a step in the right direction and would help reduce operational costs by eliminating the need for frequent digging up of roads
- Adopt ‘Call Before You Dig’/’Dig Safe’ policy which should encourage notifying all concerned utilities before the digging process begins, to prevent any damages or fiber cuts
- Ensure the utility corridors and duct dimensions have the capacity to accommodate high count optic fiber
- Encourage utility providers to create provisions for fiber duct in the utility corridor being planned.
- Amend building codes to include fiber along with water, electricity, and gas pipelines
- Ensure a RoW nodal agency for all utilities
- Assist in designing Utility Corridors
- Customized Offerings of HDPE Telecom Ducts, Ducts for Power, Water & Gas, including provisions for future expansions
- Supply of above Ducts along with Accessories
- Assist in the installation of the above utility Corridor during execution
- Build Telecom Fiber Network alongside Road
- Ready to Use and Future Ready for Expansion
- No disturbance to traffic in future
- Clear and accessible ROW
- Lease / Sell Ducts space – Revenue Stream