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Standard User worldofadsl
(knowledge is power) Thu 28-Jun-12 15:25:51
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Cabinet Maps


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I remember seeing a link where someone had put all the cabinets for an area and listed if they had FTTC or not.... what is the link?
Standard User R0NSKI
(member) Thu 28-Jun-12 15:47:10
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could be mine you've seen, link in my signature, only covers my local area though.

Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 28-Jun-12 15:50:51
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Do you mean a map, or a spreadsheet?

There is a December 2011 spreadsheet, so if you post your postcode someone will look it up for you. There is also an April 2012 one but onlyISPs have it.

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Standard User tommy45
(knowledge is power) Thu 28-Jun-12 16:47:10
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In reply to a post by worldofadsl:
I remember seeing a link where someone had put all the cabinets for an area and listed if they had FTTC or not.... what is the link?
I can vaguely remember seeing some mapping for proposed FTTC cab locations, from what i can recall in one area that was scheduled for FFTC (local to me) there was a lot more cabs mapped out than where actually put in, even after 18months lots of listed locations for cabs remain with no cab, so either incorrect info or BT changed the goalposts, this mapping of FTTC cabs was covering quite a bit of the uk

I also remember some web page giving the info about Parent & child exchanges for FTTC to, but again this was quite some time ago at least 12mths if not longer

Edited by tommy45 (Thu 28-Jun-12 17:36:54)

Standard User worldofadsl
(knowledge is power) Thu 28-Jun-12 17:39:45
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Thats it.... how did you get the locations of the cabinets?
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(staff) Thu 28-Jun-12 18:16:37
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Walk around with a GPS in your local area?

Openreach guards that list very closely.

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Standard User Moradin
(member) Thu 28-Jun-12 19:06:01
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Someone might have gone round noting all the cab locations. but, i think we would have seen it by now if it existed in the public domain.

There is nothing stopping someone checking where all the cabs are , and posting that info on the internet.

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Standard User R0NSKI
(member) Thu 28-Jun-12 20:19:32
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When I noticed my first FTTC cabinet I started looking for others, and just started noticing the PCP cabinets when I was out and about, so decided to log their location, I also asked a few friends to keep their eyes open. Also when running my daughters around I'd use different routes to normal.

I then download the complete December 2011 spreadsheet, and imported this into a Lotus Approach database, this gave me much more flexibility to manipulate the data. For instance I could find a particular cabinet and then export all postcodes covered by that cabinet and then copy and paste it into BatchGeo and plot a map of the area covered by the cabinet. This map shows two cabinets, since I know where the exchange is I can make an educated guess as to where a cabinet would be located, it is most likely to be on the exchange side of the area, and usually on the shortest road route from the exchange. I then use Google street view to scan around the appropriate area looking for the cabinet, such as NDBRO 21 here, the one on the right.

Now quite often I'd get lucky and you could clearly see the number on Google Street View, such as NDBRO 5. If there was no number in street view I would check when I was out that way, a lot had the numbers chalked on, but not all.

If you can't see the number then it's possible to use the data to map the area as described above and then make a guess to which cabinet is which.

I also kept an eye on Roadworks.org and setup an alert email for any BT roadworks, this also gave away cabinet locations. Not all areas are covered by roadworks.org but there should be an alternative on your councils website.

Once I knew their locations it was just a case of using Google to create the map and plot their locations, then watching the Roadworks site for cabinet installs, then driving past and physically checking the cabinet install.

To check whether a cabinet was live I then selected a postcode close to the cabinet making sure it was 100% supplied by the cabinet in question, then used the Infinity checker to reveal a list of addresses supplied by that cabinet (as detailed here). I could then use the house number and postcode in the wholesale checker using the address option to return whether a cabinet is accepting orders or not. The address and post code is stored in my database, so it's a fairly quick and easy to step through them and input the details in the checker to check.

That about sums it up.

PS Wish I'd not coloured the cabinets green for installed, makes more sense to be green for live, but I'm not going to change them all!
PPS. Also most PCP's show up in the Infinity checker, but not always, and some times under the wrong postcode.

Standard User worldofadsl
(knowledge is power) Thu 28-Jun-12 22:52:38
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Wonder why nobody has leaked the april 12 one?!
Standard User tommy45
(knowledge is power) Thu 28-Jun-12 22:57:03
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Wonder why nobody has leaked the april 12 one?!
Maybe because who ever leaked the other/s got found out or no longer works for the rsoles

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