Fujitsu has wrapped up a major upgrade to the Tasmanian microwave radio network operated by the state’s energy distribution provider, TasNetworks.
TasNetworks, which came into being after the merger of Aurora Energy’s distribution network and Transend Networks, is a Tasmanian state-owned corporation that supplies power to homes and businesses through a network of transmission towers, substations and powerlines.
The company handed the upgrade deal to Fujitsu following a competitive tender process for the overhaul of its communications infrastructure after it decided that its 10-year-old radio backbone network was no longer fit for purpose.
The upgrade project saw Fujitsu deploy 18 of its FRX-3 long haul microwave radio links throughout the power infrastructure operator’s telecommunications network, which traverses mountainous, inhospitable terrain, with the radios units themselves largely in remote locations exposed to challenging weather conditions.
“It’s no small feat to embark on upgrading a major state-wide system,” Fujitsu Australia CEO, Mike Foster, said. “The team’s determination and grit, even in challenging weather and terrain, has resulted in TasNetworks being able to offer a robust network platform for its customers across Tasmania.”
Fujitsu Australia said it called on expertise from its counterparts in Japan and North America to implement the project from design, manufacture, testing, to execution.
On the back of the network upgrade deal, TasNetworks has also awarded Fujitsu a five-year support contract to help reduce risk and ensure the upgraded network’s reliability is maintained.
“This network implementation was a large investment for TasNetworks”, the company’s senior telecommunications engineer, Robert Clerk, said. “Our partnership with Fujitsu facilitated innovation. Their solutions-focused attitude helped in bringing our ideas into completion and demonstrated why opportunities to innovate should continue to be explored at every step of a project’s lifecycle.
“Together, we worked with unknowns, managed risk and completed the project efficiently while upholding proper processes and standards,” he said.
The completion of the Tasmanian rollout comes just over a year after Fujitsu Australia inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Government of Victoria to become the "anchor tenant" in the development of a new technology Precinct in Morwell, Victoria, into which the state Government pumped $17 million.