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Essential Work Practices June

Posted on : June 25, 2014

Click the link below to download the Essential Work Practices for JUNE document (.pdf)

 

ESSENTIAL WORK PRACTICES JUNE

DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING!

Posted on : May 5, 2014

On 1 July 2012, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) amended the regulatory requirements applicable to registered cablers. These amendments take effect from 1 July 2014 and apply to all registered cablers undertaking specialised cabling work within customer premises.
 
From 1 July 2014, registered cablers must have the applicable endorsements, or have attained the applicable competencies, in order to undertake any type of specialised cabling work.
 
Specialised cabling work is any installation, maintenance or repair work involving any of the following types of telecommunications customer cable;
 

  1. Broadband (data or co-axial cable in a lift or the home/small office environment); or
  2. Structured (data cable such as Cat 5 or Cat 6); or
  3. Optical-fibre cable; or
  4. Co-axial cable.

 
Registered cablers who have previously attained endorsements for Cat 5, Fibre and Co-axial cabling are not required to attain any additional competencies because these endorsements are equivalent to the new Structured, Optical-fibre and Co-axial competencies respectively. Registered cablers, who do not have the applicable endorsements or have not yet attained the applicable competencies, have until 30 June 2014 to do so.
 
Background
 
The amendments mandated new competency requirements effective from 1 July 2012 with a 2 year phase-in period. The amendments were made to ensure that registered cablers have the appropriate skills required to undertake specialised cabling work for the current and emerging customer cabling environment.
 
Prior to 1 July 2014, the ACMA’s Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs) only required that a person had to have the appropriate cabling registration (Open, Restricted, or Lift), issued by one of the five registrars, to undertake telecommunications customer cabling work – that is, it was not mandatory for them to have any endorsements or competencies.
 
After 1 July 2014, in addition to having the appropriate cabling registration, it is now mandatory for a registered cabler to have the applicable endorsements or competencies in order for them to undertake the specialised customer cabling work indicated above.
 
Failure to attain the applicable competencies does not mean that your cabling registration will cease to be valid. However if a registered cabler does not have the applicable endorsements or competencies it will limit the scope of cabling work they are permitted to perform.
 
The amendments have no effect on the aerial and underground requirements, as such they were not specifically mentioned. A registered cabler is required to hold the appropriate competencies, or endorsements, for any work including aerial and underground they will be undertaking after 1 July 2014.
 
Registered cablers are only required to have an endorsement, or a competency, for the type of cabling work they will be performing.  If they will only be performing structured (data) cabling work they will only be required to have a Cat 5 endorsement or a Structured competency. Similarly, they will only be required to have a Co-axial or an Optical fibre endorsement or competency if they will be performing these types of cabling work.

Qualifications – are you keeping up with the times?

Posted on : April 1, 2014

Based on our article over at Aquatel on smart home growth, future proofing and keeping up to date with your licenses is very important to provide your clients with the best solutions.

It is your responsibility as a technician to advise customer on the best practices and recommended cable systems in use today. Do you still install a beige 2 pair phone cable throughout your customer’s home? Did you know that it is now a recommended standard to install Structured Cable system throughout the premises whether it’s residential or commercial building?

As an industry professional, it is your duty to do the right thing by the customer and install the system that customer will be able to use now AND in the near future, plus they will keep coming back to you knowing you won’t sell and install outdated systems and technologies.

What you do need to ensure is that you are Qualified to perform this work. From July 2014, ACMA Open Cable licence will not be enough – you must hold appropriate endorsements for the work you perform. Structured (DATA) cabling will require you to have Structured Cable endorsement on your Open Cable Licence.

If you are not sure what qualifications you need for the work you perform, or need to upgrade and do extra training, give us a call!
Remember, you only have until July 2014, don’t get left out!

Fibre to the Node Trial

Posted on : April 1, 2014

To rent, not buy.

NBN Co has confirmed it is in discussions with Telstra to lease access to the telco’s copper network to trial fibre-to-the-node technology in several areas of NSW and Victoria.

The contract would fall outside the existing $11 billion definitive agreements between the two organisations, and would allow NBN Co to pilot a FTTN build in Umina on the NSW Central Coast and Epping in North Melbourne.

NBN Co is expected to rent, rather than purchase the copper – the government-owned wholesaler said today it did not expect there to be a “value transfer” involved at the end of the Telstra negotiations.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously said he expected Telstra to hand over access or ownership of its last-mile copper for FTTN for no additional cost.

NBN Co plans to build two small scale copper serving area modules, “erecting kerbside node cabinets which will connect [NBN fibre] to spare copper pairs in the Telstra pillar”. Neither sites were to receive FTTP in the next year under the previous plan, according to an NBN Co spokesman.

NBN RSPs will be invited to participate in the trial and help test whether Telstra’s copper network – which has faced criticism over quality and maintenance concerns – can be used to provide high-speed broadband. The trial will cover up to 200 locations across both regions.

NBN Co is also independently currently trialling fibre-to-the-basement throughout several suburbs in Melbourne, rolling fibre to nodes in communications rooms of apartment and office blocks in Carlton, Brunswick and Parkville. The trial has produced download speeds of 108Mbps and upload speeds of 48Mbps.

Under Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new multi-technology mix model for the NBN, customers will be connected by the most “economically efficient technology” for each location.

NBN Co said today it expects to begin transitioning to the new model from next year.

“The company is determined to stabilise and improve the efficiency of the rollout, and to help provide ongoing certainty for the Australian construction industry. As a consequence, the existing fibre to the premises (FTTP) rollout in the fixed-line footprint will continue throughout calendar 2014,” it said today.

“Accordingly construction orders continue to be issued and FTTP deployment continues to areas in line with the company’s current guidance for FY14, on top of the 351,046 premises already passed by fibre as at 31 December 2013.”

NBN Co will provide more details on the transition in its corporate plan, due later this year.

It also confirmed today it is currently renegotiating existing contracts with contractor partners. It said the discussions were “business as usual” to issue new work packages and would not involve entirely new contracts.

In its first half-yearly results presentation today, NBN Co revealed a 50 percent increase in capital expenditure to $1.2 billion for the six months to December 31 2013 – a result of “continued expansion of the network” compared to the six months to December 2012.

Operating expenses grew 50 percent to $500 million, and revenue came in 63 percent higher to $48 million for the half.

Revenue was boosted by a fourfold increase in telecommunications earnings, which grew to $21.8 million.

NBN Co posted an operating loss of $715 million, compared to the $430 million loss it posted at the end of 2012. NBN Co does not expect to post profit for the next few years during its construction phase.

Assets (including pits, ducts and pipes) grew 118 percent to $7.7 million, and the total number of users on the NBN grew to 131,000 from 34,500 in the last half of 2013. Around 80,000 of those are fibre users.

NBN Co’s total average revenue per user rose to $36.50.

Employee expenses grew 23 percent to $189 million, a result of a 32 percent boost in headcount to 2949. The company had around 3450 workers working on the build of the NBN at the end of 2013.

Original Source: IT News

Cabling rules have changed – are your skills up to date?

Posted on : December 4, 2013

The CPRs regulate the cabling industry and ensure that minimum cabling requirements are in place to promote safety and maintain network integrity.

The ACMA has amended the cabling arrangements to ensure all cabling providers have the necessary skills to perform specialised cabling work for the current and emerging customer cabling environment.

Read more...

NBN – what you can and might want to do to prepare

Posted on : October 14, 2013

Now that more and more homes are getting connected to NBN, it is important to understand what happens at the house and what you, as a technician need to be prepared for. Inside the house, copper is an important part of telecommunications infrastructure and you need to have appropriate accreditations to install the cabling and work on customer premises equipment.

Take a look at the latest blog post over at Aquatel for a more in-depth post on this topic.

http://www.aquatel.com.au/blog/nbn-what-you-can-and-might-want-to-do-to-prepare/

New Fibre Requirements

Posted on : October 2, 2013

The recent publication of AS/NZS 3080:2013 brings with it some much needed clarity for the ICT community with the inclusion of Amendments 1 and 2, and the injection of some new requirements.
The overall document has leapt from 132 pages (2003) to 200 pages as a result of this.

As AS/NZS 3080 is a direct descendant of ISO/IEC 11801, all additional requirements, and further guidance of the parent document specific to Australia and New Zealand, are captured in Appendix ZA as per the previous edition.

Most changes and updates are predominantly focussed around Optical Fibre, with the only significant Copper addition being that of the dreaded alien crosstalk requirements for copper classes EA and FA (alien crosstalk of Class F is considered to be as good as the alien crosstalk performance for class EA). Thankfully for installers and customers alike, the requirement for this time consuming test sequence is addressed within the new Standard. It states that if cable manufacturers can better the values for coupling attenuation as stated in 6.4.15.1, then the requirement is met by design (of the cable) therefore negating the need for AXT testing. Of course, it’s not just a case of saying that the cable outperforms the requirements – it has to be backed up by a Statement of Conformance from that cable vendor which is based on laboratory reports.

Read more...

New Website – Live!

Posted on : May 7, 2013

Hi, and Welcome to our New Website!

We hope you will find a lot of useful information here. If you have any questions about training we offer or have some feedback about our new site, please contact us.

Regional and Rural Australia NBN Rollout

Posted on : July 8, 2012

Regional and Rural Australia not to be left behind!

NBN Co have unveiled on 3 July the local government areas where planning proposals will be lodged to deliver high-speed fixed wireless broadband.

NBN is planning to start switching on the facilities in stages from around mid to late 2013 – this fixed wireless network is expected to cover up to 25,000 premises across 15 councils. With this upgrade, rural and regional Australia will no longer be left behind when it comes to telecommunications and technology. Read more...

Synergy Telecoms’ New Office opens in Bathurst

Posted on : July 7, 2012

Synergy Telecoms would like to announce the opening of their new office, right in Bathurst CBD – “Bolam Centre” 238a Howick St.

In addition to our workshop and training centre in U6 & 7, 95 Rankin St Bathurst, the decision to open an office in Bathurst CBD was driven by the local demand of our customers and the need to have a central location with easy access for customers to drop in and see us. Read more...

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