Power point pressure

TASMANIA'S power pole network will be feeling the added weight of new technology as NBN Co begins its overhead fibre-optic cable rollout at Riverside and Glebe.

Initial trials of the technology, conducted at Midway Point, Smithton and Scottsdale, were completed using Aurora Energy infrastructure in 2010.

Work connecting fibre cabling over 183 poles at Riverside and 107 poles at Glebe began yesterday - a result of redesign work from Aurora.

A spokesman for Innovation Minister Michael Ferguson said yesterday's reports made by a Southern media outlet about a trial overhead rollout at Riverside and Glebe were incorrect.

The spokesman also said claims that connection work came from lobbying by the former state Labor government in February was also incorrect.

 Mr Ferguson yesterday said work on the two fibre serving area modules began this month, with four more overhead modules progressing for Lindisfarne, Claremont, Waverley and Norwood.

``This work represents early and significant progress by the Liberal government as meaningfully helping NBN Co with the rollout in a timely and cost effective way,'' he  said.

``It is also part of the government's continuing effort to support the fibre-to-the-premises model.''

 The Examiner  this month sought clarification from NBN Co regarding a statement made to the Northern Midlands Council in its May 3 workshop minutes.

The council recorded an NBN Co spokeswoman's assurances that trials had been completed and that no more would be conducted.

The spokeswoman said discussions for future trials were still under way.

The NBN rollout began in Pomona Road, Riverside, yesterday. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

The NBN rollout began in Pomona Road, Riverside, yesterday. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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