10 Questions with an Aberla Fibre Planner | Aberla Utilities



We sat down with one of Aberla’s fibre planners to ask all about the fibre planning process and what it involves.


Hi Maria, thank you for joining me today! The reason I have asked you to be here is to give an insight on what the fibre planning process includes and what it is like to be here at Aberla, so let’s get right into it.


  1. As a fibre planner, can you please tell us what a typical day in the office looks like for you?


Each day in the office tends to vary. As we work with a variety of clients, some days will consist of client/team meetings and others tend to differ depending on the client’s scope of work.


  1. Can you give us some insight on the importance/ impact fibre planning has on each project?


Fibre planning is dealing with a network of existing and new fibre connections that must be taken into consideration and planned out strategically. Without fibre planning the operatives cannot start the project.

It is important that each property number (PN) is properly accounted for and any blockages or obstacles we encounter must be dealt with promptly through a re-design.


  1. What is it about this specific role that attracted you towards it?


There are plenty of aspects that I thoroughly enjoy, but one of the main points I can think of is the element of problem solving that is involved. There is something thrilling about mapping out a network of connections that will eventually come to fruition and provide the client with a full fibre network.


  1. What are some of your greatest achievements as a fibre planner?


To me, my achievements include working on large scale projects and seeing each one through until the end of the programme, I think it is nice to look back and see all of your hard work coming into place.

I have also had the pleasure of working with leading telecoms companies which has certainly been an eye-opening experience and allowed me to reach my full potential as a fibre planner.


  1. How often do you interact with clients?


I like to have as much interaction with the client as I can. Usually, as part of a programme we will schedule weekly or fortnightly meetings with clients. This way we can provide regular programme updates and discuss how we should proceed.


  1. Do you have a favourite part of the job?


I have quite a few aspects of my job that I thoroughly enjoy. One of the most rewarding feelings is starting off with a blank page and studying the possible fibre routes that we can take. In most cases, there are plenty of options that have potential but must be carefully considered in order to work correctly when survey teams go on site.


  1. How do you ensure you keep strong partnerships within the sector?


At Aberla we maintain a lot of healthy partnerships and I believe a large part of our ongoing relationships stems from our honesty and loyalty towards the clients we work with.


  1. Have you faced any challenges and is there anything you want to incorporate into your work?


With any project comes challenges but the most important thing is how you deal with those challenges and how you can learn from them going forward.

Another automation we could look at going forward is plug-ins, this would help aid the software we use. Although this is only a small thing, it would help shorten simple tasks that the fibre planners carry out day to day.


  1. How do you keep a good work/ life balance?


What works for me is being social in all environments, the ability to be social helps in both your personal life and your work life, plus I really enjoy getting to know people.


  1. Finally, what does the future of fibre planning look like here at Aberla Utilities?


Our in-house design team will only grow more and more. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from the service we provide and our team is already expanding its capabilities. I believe as more companies strive towards the government’s full fibre goal, fibre planning will become more sought after.


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