Special equipment has been brought in to dig the 3-meter-deep trench
that will be used to house fiber-optic cables for CAT’s ultra-high speed
CAT Telecom has begun digging the 3-meter-deep trench
that will be used to house fiber-optic cables for its ultra-high speed
Working in stretches of 500 meters, two drilling
machines worked in tandem to create the trench along Second Road from
the Dolphin Roundabout to Central Road. Work will continue to Pratamnak
Road over the next four months. Barriers have already gone up,
preventing accidents, but adding to traffic congestion.
The trench will house underground data lines for
CAT’s fiber-to-the-home project, which promises to bring Internet speeds
of 100-150 megabits per second to Pattaya. The city is being used as a
pilot project with CAT eventually planning to spend 6 billion baht to
bring super-fast data networks to every province in Thailand.
Cable will be laid from North Pattaya Road and Soi
Pettrakul, down to the Dolphin Roundabout and along Second Road to
Pratamnak Road and the Bali Hai flyover. Work is not expected to be
completed until November.
City officials said they’ve asked CAT to allow other
utility companies to lay power and other cables alongside the
fiber-optic at the same time so as to minimize the disruption from the
latest round of road construction.