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Telecom To Underground Cables In Papatoetoe

Telecom will underground existing overhead network cables in Papatoetoe, working together with electricity lines company Vector and the Manukau City Council.

Manager Deployment Planning, Mike Schwalger, said Telecom is committed to undergrounding cables where there are sound commercial reasons, and also support from power utilities and the local community.

“This is the first of our major joint undergrounding projects with Vector in Auckland. We are actively looking at other opportunities where it makes commercial sense,” said Mr Schwalger.

“Removing old poles will visually enhance the Papatoetoe area without compromising the high quality service Telecom’s customers enjoy.

“In addition, by working in this way with Vector, the streets need only be dug up once, minimising disruption to residents and the local community.”

Up to 2200 homes and more than 13 kilometres of street will benefit from undergrounding, which will also involve upgrades to some footpaths, as well as new street-scaping, bus shelters, and street furniture.

Mr Schwalger said most of Telecom’s copper network throughout New Zealand is already underground, rather than on poles overhead along streets.

“In many areas, it is only the service leads running from poles to households that are aboveground. All of Telecom’s fibre optic network is already underground.”

Work on the Papatoetoe undergrounding project is expected to begin in September.

Disruption to services during the undergrounding period will be limited, and all affected households and businesses have been advised on the timing and nature of the works programme.


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