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Standard User rento
(newbie) Thu 03-Jan-13 16:01:53
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Exchange enabled, new cabinet and no FTTC


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Hello

My exchange has been finally enabled for FTTC. The cabinet I am connected too has been recently upgraded to a bigger cabinet with air vents. Yet when I put in my phone number on the bt infinity website all it comes up with is a DSL option.

Is there a way to find out which and what cabinets are going to be / are already enabled for FTTC? By the way my postcode is M-K-4-5 * 5 - E - F

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 03-Jan-13 16:10:04
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So is that cabinet 16?

WHich of the pics on this page does the new cabinet look like? Do you mean the original one has gone and this replaces it, or the two are fairly close together?

Check your phone number here, assuming it isn't a Sky or TalkTalk one. What does that say?

If it is one of those, use the address version. Do not use the pure postcode option.

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Standard User rento
(learned) Thu 03-Jan-13 17:21:21
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It has been totally replaced by this one http://www.robertos.me.uk/html/bt_furniture_2.html
I have a BT line and using that website it only says what DSL I can get there is no FTTC related message frown

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 03-Jan-13 17:28:01
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Not come across a total replacement yet.

The cabinet you indicate is usually not big enough to house both the copper pairs and VDSL kit. Also for many other reasons having the two in different cabinets is the usual situation.

The cabinet may not be live yet, it is not unusual to have to wait weeks or maybe months befween cabinet appearing and going live.

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 03-Jan-13 17:36:07
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Well that is definitely a fibre cab, but if the PCP has been removed then that is a "first". To replace a PCP with that would require considerable redesign of its intestines. It would also mean that non-specialist engineers would have access to the FTTC gear, which isn't the case so far. The engineers installing FTTC to premises do not have access to the FTTC cabinet.

I suppose there is a faint possibility that the modern large PCP casing has been ditched in favour of the casing of that FTTC one with PCP innards, for ongoing volume cost saving, but this all sounds very odd.

Can the sound of the cooling fans be heard from the vents? (Many of us have risked the padded white van by listening at ours tongue).

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Standard User David_W
(experienced) Thu 03-Jan-13 19:03:47
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I'm on the same exchange. It's only very recently (beginning of December 2012) gone live - my cabinet (P13) was in the first wave, but I'm in a completely different direction from the exchange (almost due east, on a 1980s housing estate with fairly decent underground ducting). I've no idea whether BT Openreach have rolled out to the PCPs beyond Flitwick town yet.

The FTTC twin for my cabinet was on the ground for well over six months before it went live - and it should have been one of the easier ones. Power came from a street light a few metres away, the FTTC cabinet is just a few metres away from the PCP, and I don't believe there were any ducting problems on this side of town.


I hadn't realised Pulloxhill is on the Flitwick exchange. That's fortunate for you, because it seems unlikely that any of the surrounding exchanges (including Ampthill and Silsoe) will be in the commercial roll-out.

BT Retail have been marketing Infinity fairly aggressively to me - I had two phone calls before Christmas and a letter today. I'd placed my order to upgrade my Zen ADSL service to FTTC before I got the first call from BT. The installation should take place on Tuesday morning (8 January).


If your phone service is from BT Wholesale (i.e. from BT Retail or one of the service providers using WLR), the 'by number' version of the BT Wholesale availability checker should indicate whether you can order FTTC. If you're not sure whether your line is from BT Wholesale, try anyway - the worst that can happen is it doesn't recognise you.

If that checker doesn't work 'by number', try 'by address' - it's indicating FTTC is already available to my address and, if I've correctly identified an address on your street from the postcode, to your street too. The 'by postcode' option is not showing FTTC availability for my street, so I'd regard that as useless.
Standard User rento
(learned) Thu 03-Jan-13 23:54:40
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Indeed it does have one of those cabinets on the opposite side of the street. I assume they are connected? Haven't listened for noises yet.

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Standard User rento
(learned) Thu 03-Jan-13 23:58:34
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Interesting point about the phone line, I think ( for whatever reason ) I have mine passed to Sky a couple of years ago.
Though the number is recognized by the "by number" service.

If BT tries to market by phone, it won't get through. I don't answer calls from barred numbers unless I am expecting them.

Thanks for the info!

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Standard User rento
(learned) Fri 04-Jan-13 00:01:35
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It does have one of this on the other side of the road. They should be connected? I have seen OpenReach working on both of them in the last few months.
I suppose, I should be patient.. waited over a year of delay, I could wait some more.

Thanks

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Standard User rento
(learned) Fri 04-Jan-13 00:08:57
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BTW, I think the only reason why we are possibly going to get Infinity s because Virgin Media gets around Greenfield. I am keeping my fingers crossed...

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