Hi All, this is more of an open question.
When first looking at BTOR rollout strategy, it made a lot of sense to me i.e. getting the biggest bang per buck with FTTC.
FTTC gets the fibre backhauls in place (especially in more rural locations) and puts fibre close to large numbers of people.
The next step from FTTC would be GFAST, again taking fibre closer to the end user in a cost effective manner.
I then assumed after GFAST, BTOR would be in a position to offer FTTP at a cost effective price to people.
I had thought that the FTTC cabinets would form part of the longer infrastructure i.e. the remote GFAST dslams would connect to these cabinets and traffic then sharing the existing fibre backhaul.
What surprised me was that the current FTTC cabinets are vender specific. Does this not limit what BTOR can put in them? Is the actual plan that all future GFAST dslams & FTTP will use direct fibre connections all the way back to the Exchange? Will the current FTTC cabinets eventually become redundant? I can see the advantages, expensive kit with proper UPS' in fewer exchanges. It just seems a waste to have all this effort for an interm step, I would like to see the FTTC infrastructure maximised e.g. offering ADSL2 to help those on long lines for example.