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(knowledge is power) Mon 12-Nov-12 19:29:06
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NFV/HV, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 FTTC Update


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I've seen a couple of threads on this over the months so going to post in here.

For a brief background on some of the issues and the drama fest worth visiting http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2012/11/fibre-f...

The New Forest Village / Heritage Village has 9 cabinets, all connected to Hunslet exchange's copper. They comprise the following:

22 - South-West Heritage Village
40 - Central/West Heritage Village
43 - South/North-Central Heritage Village
60 - North-West Heritage Village
62 - North-West New Forest Village
82 - West NFV
83 - East NFV
90 - East/North/Central NFV
91 - South-Central NFV

The state of play is:

Cabinet 83 Is due by December 2012 - Delayed phase 9b
Cabinet 43 is due by March 2013 - Phase 10b
Cabinet 90 is due by March 2013 - Phase 10b

For the others:

22: Is small, doesn't pass many homes, likely to have to wait for BDUK funding.
40: Is small, doesn't pass many homes, likely to have to wait for BDUK funding.
60: Is small, doesn't pass many homes, likely to have to wait for BDUK funding.
62: Is small, doesn't pass many homes, likely to have to wait for BDUK funding.
82: Is the 1st or 2nd largest cabinet in the development with further lines coming live now to make it the largest of the 9, however may be other issues, see next section.
91: Is small, doesn't pass many homes, likely to have to wait for BDUK funding.

There are some weird issues with fibre connectivity to this area. It's in the middle of 4 exchanges and while the copper is connected to Hunslet the fibre routes are a different story. The cabinets map as follows for fibre:

22 - Morley UD
40 - Lofthouse Gate UC
43 - Lofthouse Gate UC
60 - Lofthouse Gate UC
62 - Hunslet UE
82 - Hunslet UE
83 - Rothwell (Yorks) UD
90 - Rothwell (Yorks) UD
91 - Hunslet UE

The fibre according to records, routes and a little extrapolation follows approximately this route: http://goo.gl/maps/Kch7y

This places 82 a way away from the fibre, which may be the issue with 82.

Once 82 is enabled one way or the other it'll bring the fibre straight through St George's Road, which will then feed into 62 and 91, the other Hunslet cabinets.

It's frustrating, there's at very most 200m of digging needed between the Lofthouse fibre and cabinet 82, the rest is clear duct and I'm pretty sure there is no digging at all as there should be 4 x 90mm ducts running straight down St George's Road and Towcester according to the plans which will have space.

The suspicion is that it's a combination of this and BT not realising how populated 82 is - it was described by BT as being quite small while considerably smaller cabinets go the fibre goodness and their own engineers are petitioning them on this matter.

We'll carry on. Given the delay to BDUK funding 82 is the main target.
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