Status of Infrastructure Upgrade
Bob McLaren reviewed the agreement
that the IfA signed with GTE Hawaiian Tel in August 1995 for
long-term network services from Mauna Kea to Hilo and Waimea.
HP to Humuula Section
During past 6 months IfA has tried to complete the permitting
process for the Humuula-HP fiber run. The process included:
We are currently at the last step and hope to receive approval
from the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) soon.
- Environmental Review
- Federal Endangered Species Act Review (informal)
- Permission from the Army because part of the fiber run
will pass through the Pohakuloa Training Area.
- Historic Preservation Review
- Conservation District Approval
The IfA is responsible for the construction of the conduits
running from HP to the HELCO sub-station. Wallace Oki has
completed the plans for the 2,500 ft run and we expect the
bidding process to be completed in Q2/96 with anticipated
construction by Q3/96.
Cross Saddle Section
DLNR has determined that a new Conservation District Use Permit
is required for this portion of the project. This will result
in several months delay because a public hearing will probably
be required. GTE Hawaiian Tel is responsible for this portion
of the project.
The Smithsonian conduit work comprises extension of the common
ducts from HH 25 to HH 31. The bids came in slightly under budget,
allowing us to proceed with the full scope of the upgrade. The
physical construction by Isemoto will begin in April 1996 with
expected completion during Q2/3 of 1996.
Once the new conduits are in place, and new fibers for MKONet
and GTE have been installed, it is the intention to release
the old conduits between HH 27 and HH 31 for inter-facility
use, e.g. interferometry. The fiber pull on the summit is most
likely determined by HawTel's schedule.
Summit Communications Room Renovation
Preliminary plans have been drawn up for the renovation of the
summit communications room. The next step is to hire an
architect to finalize the plans and prepare bid documents.
- What is the bandwidth capacity to Waimea and when
is it available?
Upon completion of the HP to Humuula Section, a total of 1
DS-3 circuit will be available from the Mauna Kea to Waimea.
This is limited by the availability of bandwidth from Humuula
to Waimea. Similar capacity exists between Humuula to Hilo.
Once the cross island fiber has been installed, there will be
11.5 OC-1 circuits going to either location.
- What are GTE plans for fiber distribution at Hilo
We will look into this question.