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Standard User John_Gray
(regular) Thu 31-Jan-13 11:22:07
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Naive question on FTTC provision


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If an exchange is going to be enabled by BT for FTTC, and someone wants to get their fibre broadband provided by, say, PlusNet, is there any concept of PlusNet having to install any equipment in the BT exchange, like there could be for ordinary 'ADSL' broadband?

Thanks!
Standard User Timalay
(experienced) Thu 31-Jan-13 11:33:20
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For starters Plusnet are part of BT (kinda), so you still be dealing with them (in a way). Any fibre broadband offered over BT's network will require a BT Openreach engineer.
They go to your local green BT cabinet and connect up your line to the fibre network, then they will come to your house and change you main phone faceplate (to include a phone socket and RJ45 in one). Then they will check your connection is working ok.
Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 31-Jan-13 11:35:11
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Currently only three companies install FTTC equipment in the exchange to link to the Openreach fibre (FTTC/FTTP) products. BT Wholesale, Sky and TalkTalk. BT Wholesale seems to be always the first, Sky can lag quite a bit, TalkTalk can lag even more.

Plusnet use BT Wholesale and nothing else. They do not install anything in the exchanges. Not for FTTC, nor for ADSLx.

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Standard User mikejp
(learned) Thu 31-Jan-13 13:45:07
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Don't forget, John, that just because your 'exchange' has been fibre-enabled does NOT mean you will get a new cabinet alongside your existing one so you can connect to the fibre. Keep a beady eye on what is done where. BT do not necessariiy 'enable' every cabinet on an exchange.
Standard User John_Gray
(regular) Thu 31-Jan-13 14:46:04
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Thanks for everyone's answers!

Is there any way of finding out whether one's friendly neighbourhood BT cabinet has actually been enabled for FTTC? Where I live, they installed a new, taller cabinet next to the old one and stuck a huge poster on the side proclaiming that spectacularly-fast FTTC broadband was now available.
Standard User Spasch
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 31-Jan-13 14:48:15
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If you have a BT line, try this one: https://www.btwholesale.com/includes/adsl/main.html - if not, try the address checker on the same page.
Standard User John_Gray
(regular) Thu 31-Jan-13 14:56:23
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We're getting closer! The particular phone number is served by "Cabinet 19" for that exchange.

Do BT cabinets have their number on the side, or is there an online map showing cabinet locations?
Standard User mikejp
(learned) Thu 31-Jan-13 15:06:50
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Your 'old' cabinet should have some white numbering somewhere.
Standard User John_Gray
(regular) Thu 31-Jan-13 15:18:08
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mikejp, thanks - I will get the person to play "hunt the cabinet".

I presume that there is no map which gives cabinet numbers and locations, then...
Probably "commercially sensitive", "health and safety", "terrorism", etc!
Standard User mikejp
(learned) Thu 31-Jan-13 15:23:31
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From the comfort of your chair - Google streetview?
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