This case study about improving strata internet speeds has been provided by Paul Fleming, Optical Terminations.
When originally built, prestige office and residential buildings are the talk of the town. But technology is developing so fast, iconic buildings quickly start to show their age and their desirability can tarnish in the process.
This was the case for a large, 35 floor residential and commercial complex located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Built in 1994, it’s still an impressive and attractive building. But its inability to handle today’s technological requirements was becoming a significant issue for its residents and business tenants.
It’s a problem shared by many strata buildings across Australia and until now, the available solutions have been ugly and expensive to install.
But that’s the thing about technology. If you wait long enough a solution will be invented and that’s what this 35 floor, Sydney CBD building has embraced.
The building currently accommodates 120 prestige residential apartments and 20 commercial tenancies requiring business hours concierge services and security. Occupants were experiencing a number of problems that the ageing infrastructure was unable to manage including:
- Poor internet speeds hampering family connections and business efficiencies
- An inability of the concierge and security team to adequately monitor infringements of overcrowding regulations, common area property damage and loud parties held by short-term tenants
- Difficulty in achieving market value and attracting ‘high-end’ purchasers or tenants due to the building’s outdated, technology infrastructure
Each unit was audited to evaluate its internet connection speeds along with the overall requirements of the building. Then a new infrastructure plan was designed and presented to the Owners Corporation.
The plan involved installing fibre optic cabling to accommodate:
- A Fast Fibre Network (FTTP) from the street to the building’s basement communications room to provide high-speed internet connections to all units
- CCTV and an access control management system for the concierge to protect common property and monitor ‘undesirable’ tenancies
This solution gave all owners the ability to choose their own internet provider and suitable plan while providing minimum internet speeds of 200MB/s.
To achieve these speeds for all residential and commercial tenancies, the plan included installation of a Fast Fibre Network (FTTP). A Fast Fibre Network uses fibre optics to deliver the latest Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology – without unsightly cables interfering with the architecture of the building.
By using a state-of-the-art, clear adhesive tracking system, the optical fibre is concealed as it runs along the wall at skirting board or cornice level. The tracking is only 3.5mm wide and clear – making it virtually invisible. Importantly, installation doesn’t require holes to be drilled into walls or conduit run throughout each unit.
By installing a Fast Fibre Network to this prominent Sydney CBD building, it’s occupants are now enjoying a future-proof solution that will adapt as new technologies are developed.
Is your strata struggling to keep up with today’s technology?
There are now cost-effective and attractive solutions to solve your strata scheme’s internet and technology problems. You just need to know where to look.
This post appears in Strata News #405.
Have a question about your slow strata internet speeds or something to add to the article? Leave a comment below.
Optical Terminations is a specialist provider of fibre optic and telecommunications cabling. One of their areas of expertise is working with strata committees to provide lightning fast and reliable internet solutions while allowing each household the freedom to choose their own internet service provider.
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