What is Duct Access?
If you are an ACMA Licensed Carrier, Duct Access gives you access to Telstra’s network of ducts, tunnels, manholes and pits for the purpose of installing and operating your own cables and equipment.
Duct Access of up to 25km can be arranged on order. Access is implemented with the installation of a subduct (with a nominal inner diameter of 28mm) along an approved route. You are responsible for installing the subduct to carry your own cable and you are able to install cable loops and joint closures along the route in approved locations.
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For Telstra Wholesale Customers:
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When applying for Duct Access, existing Telstra Wholesale customers who are licensed carriers will need to:
- Ensure that the relevant terms and conditions of the contract for facilities access to the duct network
- Submit one or more study requests, an order form containing a design and construction proposal and a joint completion inspection request, according to the ordering and provisioning procedures for Duct Access
- Have approval for physical access to Telstra sites before visiting any Telstra underground equipment or buildings
- Use approved contractors to install the equipment
- Submit a final 'as built drawing' so Telstra can maintain current network records.
Access to Telstra's Duct Network
External Interconnect Cable (EIC) provides access to Telstra’s duct network of ducts, tunnels, manholes and pits.
EIC access to Telstra ducts is through the installation (at your cost) of a copper pair cable along an approved route between a remote customer DSLAM site to a nearby Telstra Exchange Main Distribution Frame (MDF). This achieves connection to Telstra’s Unconditioned Local Loop (ULL) or Spectrum Sharing Service (SSS).
Operation & Maintenance
You will need to acquire and install the EIC cable for Telstra to operate and maintain. In most circumstances you can then access the Telstra underground duct network through a breakout at an approved location, usually at a pit or manhole.
Please note that you are responsible for preparing designs for Telstra to review and approve. EIC duct access makes it possible for you to build your own facilities away from Telstra’s TEBA yet still access our ULL and SSS products.
This area provides the information required to obtain Telstra site access, as well as the EACS cards and physical keys order form.
Duct ResourcesDuct Access customers and your approved contractors are required to follow technical specifications, policies and procedures as part of your access agreement.
This information is for Telstra Wholesale Duct Access customers and your approved contractors. Some documents are password protected. If you require further information or require password access, please call your Telstra Wholesale Account Manager.
- Optical Distribution Frame - Standard Optical Fibre Distribution Frame (OFDF) (TM00183 AO2) (PDF, 1.18MB)
- Optical Distribution Frame - Technical Requirements (TM00183) (PDF, 745KB)
- Network Hazard - Planned Service Interruption (DOC, 75KB)
- Duct Access General Terms and Conditions (PDF, 148KB)
- Duct Access Ordering and Provisioning (PDF, 176KB)
- Duct Access Approved Contractors (PDF, 57KB)
- Alternative Route Communications Pack (PDF, 55KB)
- Communications Pack (PDF, 85KB)
- Duct Access Cancellation Process (PDF, 1.12MB)
- Manhole Guard Notice (PDF, 28KB)
- Interconnect Access to the Telstra Underground Network (PDF, 79KB)
- Copper Cable (PDF, 2.74KB)
- Optic Fibre (TM00044) (ZIP, 567KB)
- Planned Event and Outage Management (PDF, 85KB)
- Cable Hauling and Duct Preparation: Cable Hauling (PDF, 271KB)
- Cable Hauling and Duct Preparation: Rodding, Roping and Proving (PDF, 33KB)
- Cable Hauling and Duct Preparation: Positive Pressure Rodding (PDF, 142KB)
- Cable Hauling and Duct Preparation: Over-Hauling Optical Fibre Cable (PDF, 300KB)
- Underground Network Earthing (PDF, 110KB)
- Completion Construction Advice Form (Please provide Construction date once all work for Study us completed)
- Credential/Key Application Form 0169138 - f08 (DOC, 56KB)
- DCAF Template Construction Finalisation Documents (DOC, 102KB)
- DCAF Template Telstra Plans (DOC, 102KB)
- Duct Access Order and Design and Construction Proposal (DOC, 102KB)
- Duct Cancellation Request Form & checklist (DOC, 64KB)
- Duct Cancellation Compliance Inspection Form (DOC, 92KB)
- Duct Access Study Request (DOC, 122KB)
- EIC Study Request Form (DOC, 28KB)
- Hazard Notification Planned Service Interruption Request - Telepower(DOC, 84KB)
- Joint Field Inspection Request (DOC, 36KB)
- Joint Completion Inspection & DBoR(DOC, 115KB)
- Manhole and Pit Layout Template (PDF, 379KB)
- Site Attendance Request Form (DOC, 28KB)
- Hazard Management: Tunnel Locations Entry, Exit and Presence (ZIP, 211KB)
- Procedure for Working in Network Sites (ZIP, 350KB) (Issue 18, 28/03/2014)
- List of Known Hazards (PDF, 120KB)
- Duct Access Physical Access Procedures (PDF, 47KB)
- Sydney CBD Light Rail Network Impact list (XLSX, 54KB)
- Accredited Asbestos Contractor List (PDF, 54KB)
- Contractor Asbestos Management Guide(PDF, 868KB)
- Asbestos Management Procedure in Telstra (PDF, 1MB)
- Metro / Regional SWL Listing (XLS, 1.26MB)
- Health, Safety and Environment Framework for Telstra suppliers of services and products (PDF, 500KB)