I live in a rural area of Northern Ireland approx 2-3miles from the exchange. Currently getting 3.5mb on ADSL, except when the weather turns bad but I suspect its due to some dodgy looking cables lying by a pole along my lane.
The telephone poles come down my road and then up my lane where it then splits off to feed the 4 houses on my lane. When I was driving to the end of the lane today I noticed the pole at the end had a yellow sign on it saying "Caution Overhead Fibre". Now I haven't noticed anything new with the overhead cables in a long time but these signs are on each pole as the cables travel further down my road. I've been reading up on BT's FTTP & FTTrN deployment but I can't see any evidence of anything being done in my area like this and I can't imagine my area being earmarked for an FTTrN/P upgrade anytime soon.
Does anyone know if this is likely to be a mistake? Or are BT installing the cabling in advance to future proof their rural network? I know there's a big drive here in Northern Ireland to get superfast rural broadband but there has been little evidence of anything actually happening.
I shall try and get some photos tomorrow of the poles.
Following the poles down the road there isn't really anything significant that would require a fibre connection. There's a nursing home?
Spoke to my Dad about it and he said some time last year while BT were replacing some worn out poles along that stretch they replaced the overhead cables as well and that the new cable goes as far as the nursing home about a quarter mile further down the road.
I cant understand why a nursing home would need a super fast connection though.
Ribble (fountain of knowledge)
Mon 09-Mar-15 22:02:43