What seemed impossible to achieve in a short time was successfully completed in two weeks when Fujitsu approached Kordia to embark on a microwave system installation project for the Optus network upgrade.
For Optus to achieve its market commitment of providing 96 per cent mobile coverage nationally by Christmas, it was critical that the project was implemented within a compressed time frame.
The shared purpose, commitment and sheer determination by the teams to get the build done was noted by Optus Network’s Robert Tan.
“It speaks volumes about the strong collaboration and teamwork between all teams involved,” added Tan.
Earlier in the year, Kordia’s Specialist Rigging team, led by Tony Wilkins and Mike Logie, had completed a similar installation in Victoria for Fujitsu and Optus. This meant Kordia was familiar with technical requirements of the task and could hit the ground running when the client called.
Kordia manufactured the antenna mounts, purchased the appropriate hardware and had all equipment shipped to Tasmania within two weeks; in stark contrast to the usual four to six week fabrication time frame.
A team of ten then installed the 2.4m microwave dishes, feeders and hardware. Final planning and testing of the equipment at all five sites in Tasmania was conducted to link Hobart to Launceston for the Optus network.