Sunday, January 4, 2015

FTTRN or FTTP : OpenReach don't make it easy to find out what is going on

Blurred but who cares .....
The rather poor pic. above is of 2 loops of fiber optic cable put up just over 3 weeks ago 400m from our house. This is great, but the next steps are proving more awkward to determine and these are the questions I can't answer at this time. FTTC will not fly where we are

  • Has cabinet 7 in Llanfarian been enabled. Rumour control says it has.
  • Will we get anything?
  • Will we get Fiber To The Remote Node or FTTP?
  • When?
  • How do we get a survey done by OpenReach ?
  • What thickness is the duct for the fiber optic cable? 
The contractors I spoke to who put these cables up did say it would be at least January before the joints were done, thats not a problem.

Give I have paid attention to this subject for the last few years and can't find these things out would give me some concerns about how effective the communication policy is beyond "here is a web site".

If we (ourself and the neighbour down the track) get FTTRN, then things may be good. If it has to be FTTP, then there is a non-trivial process of getting permission to cross 2 farmers land, digging or mole ploughing in suitable ducts which could take a few months to do. We have the hardware, just need to know what needs to be done.

Still more in limbo than I feel comfortable with, but great progess by Openreach all the same.

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