CETT Accepting Abstracts for 2020 FTTx Underground Construction Symposium

The Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies (CETT) and TELUS Communications is actively accepting abstracts for presentations at the second annual FTTx Underground Construction Symposium in April 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The first FTTx Underground Construction Workshop co-organized by CETT and TELUS Communications, held in May 2019 at the University of Alberta was a success, with more than 110 participants.

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This symposium will focus on fibre construction from the perspective of all stakeholders: service providers, municipalities, construction contractors, and equipment manufacturers. Customer demand for gigabit internet services is driving service providers to switch to all-fibre infrastructures and to undertake billions of dollars in underground fibre construction.

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Industry interest in reducing the costs and risks of this investment is driving significant advancements in fibre construction. This workshop will focus on these improvements, with information presented about the cutting-edge technologies, materials, and equipment now being deployed in the industry. In addition, industrial and public sector leaders will offer their perspectives on current risks to successful fibre construction projects, and discuss issues and challenges surrounding fibre optic network installation that should guide future innovation.

Presentation topics should relate to some aspect of underground fibre installation. Particular topics of interest for the 2020 FTTx Underground Construction Symposium include:

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  • FTTx installation best practices

  • Innovative technical solutions for FTTx installation

  • Increasing productivity for underground FTTx construction

  • Issues and solutions related to longevity and/or quality of FTTx installations

  • Environmental and/or green solutions for FTTx construction

  • Waste management for FTTx construction

This symposium is educational in nature and abstracts focused on promotion of specific products or proprietary solutions will be rejected. Works in progress and completed case studies are of equal interest.

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Interested parties should submit the title, author name, organization and a one-page abstract (maximum 450 words) of their proposed presentation to the planning committee (gutwin@ualberta.ca) by Dec. 10.

For more information, contact Lana Gutwin at 780-492-5106 or email gutwin@ualberta.ca.

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