Everyone around my tree at Christmas has a shiny new high quality camera. I had to buy a couple of them. Why is that relevant? Because I’m getting old and all of my toys are getting newer. I sure do like these fancy new toys. The on demand and 4G and high-def video and now LTE cellular data; they’re all disgusting bandwidth pigs starving for big glass pipes to move those glossy pictures and videos of Aunty Yvette unwrapping that precious reindeer sweater my mom bought her in Arizona that she just had to have. I love warm cuddly family moments as much as the next guy, but I’m sitting on the couch smiling because I know how much bandwidth it’s going to take to move all the pictures and video around after Christmas and the cable and pipes it’s going to take to keep up. Next year 100Mbps isn’t going to cut it. If I can’t stream home-to-home in HD real time at Thanksgiving I just don’t think we’ll survive. God bless the HD camera that started all this.
Telecom is a wonderful industry. In 1972 when the first Commercial Trenching Truck got decaled, telecomm still referred picking up the phone and hoping for a dial tone on a party line. Now we’ve got so many acronyms and high volume services I can’t figure out if we’re still deliving GPON, BBB, VDSL or some other super service that I haven’t heard of yet. As long as it starts with digging a hole, we’re going to be around to install it. For fiber to the home Sherwood Park to Stony Plain and large count commercial backbones in downtown Edmonton, there’s pipe and cable to be installed. When it comes to vaults and pipe we’ve got all the telecomm bases covered. We’ve got the winch trucks and sheaves to deal with the 3000 pair lead cables of 1932, the capstans and rollers for the fiber cables we put in in the 90s and picker trucks to drop off the GPON cabinets for tomorrow or yesterday depending on when you’re reading this.
We’ve got a great deal of experience working downtown in the thick of the utilities. Our history and the experience of the guys in the yard brings the confidence to tackle the worst of the work downtown and bring it all in safely. We’re not going to complain about getting out of the shadows of the buildings either. We’ve been known to enjoy a trip down the boulevard along 23rd avenue or dragging some conduit along 99 St too. The anchor to our plan seems to be keeping our feet on the ground. I like to think we excel from eye level down; If you need a ladder, I can give you that guy’s phone number, but below eye level, we’re the ones to call.