Marais has been a pioneer in the telecommunications sector worldwide and more than 50% of our business activity is devoted to telecommunications cable installation and development.

We have worked with some of the largest telecommunications companies around the world to lay telecommunications cables for their networks.

Marais Laying is currently working with the New Zealand Government to develop urban telecommunication networks to provide New Zealand residents with better access to modern technologies.

Marais Laying Technologies Micro-trenching benefits


The application of Marais’ narrow and shallow trench technology solutions has the least impact on the environment when compared to alternative installation techniques. The reduction in transport and disposal costs also has a huge beneficial impact on the environment. Marais machinery is all hooded and soundproofed to ensure reduced dust and noise pollution. 


Other benefits of using Marais Micro Trenchers when laying urban fiber optic, include:

  • Rapid installation rate of up to 600 metres per day, minimising traffic disruption

  • Reduced disturbance to motorists and pedestrians

  • Containment of rubble and dust

  • Backfilling with thermally tested and/or excavated material to ensure strong integration of the trench in the road structure and a long lifespan


Laying urban fibre optic presents unique challenges. Because of limited space and excess traffic we need to be able to create very narrow trenches with little disturbance to the surrounding areas. Conscious of the obstruction to sidewalks and roads in urban areas, Marais has analysed pavement and road structures as well as construction materials to devise cost effective solutions perfect for use in urban areas. 

When laying urban fiber optic, our solution is to use our Cleanfast and Side Cut Micro Trencher



Fibre optic cable has a major role to play in the telecommunications infrastructure in both Australia and New Zealand with the roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia and Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) and UFB in New Zealand. Fibre optic solutions in rural areas are a priority of the government and Marais has the all the necessary equipment to provide successful installations around each country.


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