In previous blogs we’ve covered the factors involved in choosing between an aerial or buried fiber deployment, as well as the different types of installation methods. This post looks at the deployment itself – what are the options and what is best practice for a successful install?
Essentially, deployment can be either through the stationary or moving reel placing method – but before deciding on which is best for the particular project, follow this checklist:
- Carry out a full route survey, and make sure that representatives of each organisation potentially affected by the installation are present.
- Ensure that the right-of-way is free of obstacles, like guy wires and trees.
- Gain permission from any property owners and relevant authorities if you need to set up any equipment on private land.
- Make sure you have a properly trained and certified crew. They’ll need to be competent when working at heights, and have the right permits if working near power cables. Also, aim to employ experienced linemen that understand the aerial environment and its particular challenges.
- Make sure all of the necessary environmental checks and provisions are addressed, including accounting for wind and ice loads, galloping and vibration.