In connection with the Gemini infrastructure work, the IfA is proposing upgrading the communications cables from CFHT onwards in anticipation of future communications needs, e.g. Smithsonian Submillimeter Array (SMA). The cable expansion along the northern route was proposed after a plan to upgrade the conduit infrastructure along the southern route proved too expensive.
A draft of the proposal was discussed at the meeting. There was discussion about possible contingency plans for the MKOCN fiber resplicing in case the additional infrastructure work is adding too much delay to the start of the Gemini site construction work. After discussions with Gemini and HawTel personnel, a "final" version worked out.
There are a few outstanding questions on the draft plan, including
Each facility will investigate the latter two questions and forward the information to IfA, in order for the IfA to come up with a cost estimate of new fiber pull compared to re-using the old fibers.