Hi folks. I'm wondering if someone might be able to answer a couple of questions for me.
Basically, after many years without fibre and Openreach constantly providing estimated enablement dates for my work's cabinet that have come and gone, they have finally admitted that they now have no intention to bring fibre to my cabinet as it just wouldn't be commercially viable for them.
I don't disagree with their decision, as after a bit of research I've worked out that the cabinet in question serves a mere 75 properties. It would take years to pay back the cost of installing the fibre and cabinet before they could even turn a profit, so fair enough. (The fibre enabled cabinet at my home address serves in excess of 200 customers).
It is located in a city centre where cabinets are placed less than a hundred yards from eachother, so I'm imagining that the others serve a similar number of properties and are in the same situation. Looking at the availability checker, a lot of other city centres also seem to be lacking fibre access too.
Like I say, I completely agree with the refusal to invest in city centres from a business point of view. However, my question is this: Why do Openreach not install one DSLAM to serve two (or more) PCPs in situations like this? With the PCP cabinets less than 100 yards from each other, serving a small number of customers, why can't/won't they install a DSLAM somewhere in between two PCPs that both cabinets can be connected to? I can't imagine distance being an issue, as each PCP would be no more than 50 metres from the DSLAM inbetween. The cabinet I'm using at home right now is 65 metres from its fibre twin.
Sorry to ramble! I'm just interested in the facts that's all. Thanks in advance.