With the expected demand for 5G globally and US government commitment to deliver high-speed broadband to all communities across America comes an unprecedented need to invest in fiber networks and supporting infrastructure.
Render was founded in Australia, delivers projects in New Zealand and a year ago migrated focus to the United States, introducing our Digital Network Construction approach which solves some of the key challenges associated with deploying distributed networks. These markets have a great deal in common however idiosyncrasies abound; here’s a few of the learnings from our first three fiber deployment partnerships and few hundred conversations we’ve enjoyed to date across southern and midwest USA.
As nbn Co closes in on its goal of delivering high-speed broadband to 8.1 million Australian premises, Render Networks and Decon Technologies have formed a strategic partnership to ensure the final stages of the complex, large-scale Fiber To The Curb (FTTC) rollout are delivered with industry leading technology to de-risk and vastly improve construction durations and cost.
Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation (CECC), founded in 1937, is an electric utility distributing power to eight counties in rural Northeast Arkansas, USA. Their mission is to responsibly deliver reliable, high-quality services to their 30,000 members at the lowest possible price. In 2017, CECC initiated a $110 million project to modernize their grid with a communications network that will be leased to CECC’s wholly owned subsidiary, ‘empower’, providing desperately needed high-speed broadband services across the community. The project, delivered in partnership with Irby Utilities, will roll out close to 5,000 miles of fiber optic cable across rural Arkansas.
We sat down with CECC’s Fiber Assets Manager, Jeremiah Sloan to talk through the project and understand how Render is helping them achieve a 55% reduction in production timelines while significantly reducing construction costs.
The challenges faced in building a new network to meet today’s communication needs are complex.The complexity arises due to the fact that decisions are required to optimize build cost, the speed of deployment and future operational costs while at the same time accurately forecast and manage the delivery of large-scale networks to time, budget and quality constraints.