New FTTC cabinets have recently been fitted adjacent to these two existing cabinets and other works have included ducting to each existing cabinet, connection to electricity supply etc. From my own knowledge, I know that the fibre route to both these FTTC cabinets is along an A road, each FTTC cabinet being within a few metres of this 'trunk' fibre route. Similarly the fibre route to other FTTC cabinets in Hawarden is along a B road.
Now, back in June, Openreach surveyed and marked up the route of existing distribution cable ducts, manhole to manhole, telephone pole to manhole in the area where I live. This is not on the trunk fibre route and is limited by a railway line and farm fields, so no cable trunking there.
It is known that the properties, built 1960 onwards are virtually 100% connected to the telephone service, so no new connections likely. However, much of the distribution cable is aluminium; had problems in dial-up days, and now poor speeds on ADSL2+ (around 5 Mbps at 1865 metres with downstream Attenuation 35dB)
So, what is the purpose of OR marking up the ducts? Do OR carry out other works when FTTC is rolled out, such as replacing aluminium with copper? Or even introducing a new cabinet with FTTC for those at a distance to the existing cabinet (there being other properties which I estimate would be 650 metres from that same cabinet)?
I have tried emailing Ian Livingston, his last email simply said, "I am not clear why this isn’t likely to be related to the FTTC roll out."
So, what are OR planning here?
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