The past 10 years have seen Gigaclear and ICEE Managed Services work together on a variety of different bespoke projects that have evolved and adapted as modern fibre to the home technology changed. From initial concept cabinets, which worked at the time, Gigaclear decided that Bespoke Equipment Enclosures were the next step. Opting for bespoke enclosures allow for future modification, and completely customisable designs ensuring that Gigaclear is able to meet particular requirements, set by the ever-changing technology within Fibre to the Home.
ICEE now makes a range of bespoke cabinets for Gigaclear, increasing the range by two in the past three years. Some examples of these bespoke enclosures range from single drop-down enclosures to variations of a standard or first-generation product, fully bespoke second-generation cabinets, as well as larger bespoke enclosures for dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) operations. Over the years, the process between both companies has been followed extensively; when Gigaclear needed to adapt an enclosure to meet higher demand and larger fibre output, ICEE would begin to design ways to manufacture this, by using highly efficient 3D CAD design programmes, coupled with extremely precise and innovative manufacturing and integration processes.
With Gigaclear growing, especially over the past 10 years, ICEE has been a key player in enabling the company to deliver a top quality and efficient service across its network. Gigaclear’s current footprint covers over 380,000 rural and suburban houses, “and we are currently building at a rate of over 120,000 homes per year, with ambitions to double this rate over the coming years” explains Laura Hobbs, Gigaclear’s Head of Procurement. Laura also continues by saying that “Right-first-time construction, as well as reliable service in life, are key to delivering the high-quality experience that our customers expect of us. To support this, ICEE has focused on attention to detail, consistent quality, speed of response and agility to allow us to deliver this service”.