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Standard User chrisadsl
(regular) Sat 15-Oct-11 12:18:01
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Is this the first sign of FTTP?


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As I've reported before, Cheltenham has seen quite a flurry of BT/OR activity in recent weeks (the current roadworks map shows 15 separate BT works for this week). in the last couple of days they have been active about 200 m from my cab (due to go FTTP). There are currently two holes dug in the ground (with a third area cordoned off). I walked along for a closer look and it looks like they may have broken into existing ducting and there is now cable joined by a long black block which looks very like the ones seen on a pole at http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_beer/5915610529/i... Is this just a way of splicing the fibre trunking? I've not seen anything that quite matches these in the various photos of installation elsewhere.

There is no cab in the immediate vicinity, nor are there any signs of trenches being dug to connect to manholes.

Now with pic: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/chriskross/11597865. Do those yellow rings signify fibre (since Steve's photos show yellow stripes)?

Edited by chrisadsl (Sat 15-Oct-11 16:26:41)

Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sat 15-Oct-11 18:05:11
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Looks more like a copper cable repair than splicing two fibres together

The fibre joint stuff I've seen is generally larger

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Standard User chrisadsl
(regular) Sat 15-Oct-11 18:25:21
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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Looks more like a copper cable repair than splicing two fibres together

The fibre joint stuff I've seen is generally larger


Certainly nothing like the splitters/DP etc. but it's similarity to the pole-mounted gubbins got we wondering. What I didn't say was that the two holes are about 10 m apart and have had the same done to both.


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Standard User 5km
(knowledge is power) Sat 15-Oct-11 18:29:17
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I would agree that is just a standard copper joining box.

Fibre ones are larger:- http://regmedia.co.uk/2011/03/02/splitter_node.jpg (without lid on)

FTTH still needs copper for the phone line so could just be repairs so that is up to 'standard' (if BT have such a thing).

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Standard User chrisadsl
(regular) Sat 15-Oct-11 18:34:04
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I would agree that is just a standard copper joining box.

Fibre ones are larger:- http://regmedia.co.uk/2011/03/02/splitter_node.jpg (without lid on)

FTTH still needs copper for the phone line so could just be repairs so that is up to 'standard' (if BT have such a thing).


Seems reasonable. I knew it wasn't a splitter, so are those splitter nodes used to connect the fibre trunks together, e.g. at a T-junction?
Standard User 5km
(knowledge is power) Sat 15-Oct-11 18:43:12
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Yes that would split to serve multiple customers. So that's not really the samething. What you have taken a photo of is a joint, which is different but should be larger, like this:-

http://www.hahosting.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/11...

Thing is we can't be sure what it is, best to read what the cable says, should say if it is twisted pair or micro-duct ... something along those lines anyway.

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Standard User MadMan
(knowledge is power) Sat 15-Oct-11 18:56:50
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The second photo in the first flickr.com url, is Fibre.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_beer/5915679525/i...

Note the blown fibre duct (black with yellow lines).

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(staff) Sat 15-Oct-11 19:08:05
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http://www.farina1.com/fibre

Will be slow as on my ADSL line, but has a load of FTTP fibre kit, including tubing examples, and bits and pieces that vanish into the pavement.

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Standard User chrisadsl
(regular) Sat 15-Oct-11 22:21:59
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Thanks to Andrew for the great set of pics, and for the OP pointers.

When I looked again at Steve Beer's photos I realised of course that that connector block on the pole did not have the fibre cable going into it, so is presumably a copper connector. I also see on closer inspection that what I thought was a cable with yellow rings actually seems to be two cables taped together (with yellow tape), though it looks like a single cable coming out of the other end.

It still seems likely that it's related to the roll-out in some form.
Standard User chris6273
(member) Sat 15-Oct-11 22:29:02
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Andrew - That link you posted: How many fibre cores are present in each of the coloured cables, inside the big black cable with yellow rings?

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