Qatar's Energy City taps Draka for broadband fibre network

9 FEBRUARY 2009 -- Draka Communications says it has won a major contract for a full turnkey project to implement an advanced fibre-optic network for Energy City Qatar, the Middle East's first business energy centre.

9 FEBRUARY 2009 -- Draka Communications (search Lightwave for Draka) says it has won a major contract for a full turnkey project to implement an advanced fibre-optic network for Energy City Qatar, the Middle East's first business energy centre. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009.

Draka will be responsible for designing and engineering of the entire network and POP location, supply of all materials; and all installation, commissioning, and final documentation.

Energy City Qatar and similar energy hubs in India, Kazakhstan, and Libya cater to the commercial, technical, and human resource needs of the oil and gas industry operating in the Gulf region. Three separate networks support the energy hub in Qatar: IT and datacoms, a security CCTV network for internal and external building protection, and an additional CCTV network for street surveillance.

The contract was signed in Doha, capital of Qatar, by Engineer Hesham Al Emadi, Energy City Qatar CEO, and Frank de Bruijn, business development manager, Draka Broadband Solutions.

Draka will employ its JETnet technology, which blows cables through micro-ducts with jets of air from a central point up to more than a kilometer away. JETnet will ensure that the Energy City fibre networks are implemented efficiently and at the lowest cost, Draka says. Use of JETnet can mean up to 90% fewer manholes and fewer ducts, the company adds.

Draka's proprietary microducts can take up to 144 fibres per cable and a total of 1008 fibres for each 50-mm duct. Using JETnet, a team of three people can deploy up to 8 km of cables a day, the company says. Additional savings are achieved through reduced cable splicing, storage space, and building access, Draka concludes.

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