Hi, I’m on cab 3 Newcastle Emlyn exchange and BT estimate that I will be able to order an FTTP service within the next 5 months.
As part of the FTTP infrastructure build out, BT/Openreach contractors dug out a 100metre+ trench in the carriageway outside my house a couple of weeks ago and laid ducting to take the fibre feed. A scheduled two-day job took nearly 5 days to complete due to them encountering very hard volcanic rock (a feature of where I live in West Wales). The contractors said they had to dig this trench to avoid the nearby overhead power lines (not the high voltage pylon type). Now my understanding is that fibre optics are not affected by the closeness of any power lines. Indeed, at one time, it was thought that BT could share the poles of utility companies and strap the fibre optics to their ones but they couldn’t get the Power companies to agree to this. I have spoken to other contractors working on the same line further down the road and they also said that they had been told to avoid the overhead power lines as well. Have they been misinformed?
In digging this supposedly unnecessary trench, the contractors have bypassed the telegraph pole opposite my property. Recently, while I was away, they came back to pull the fibre through the ducting. One end of the fibre optic cable has been strapped to a pole 50 metres away to the left of me on the other side of the road; the other end has been strapped to another pole 50 metres away to my right on the same side of the road as me. Now if they run the fibre optic cable up these two poles, they will be fairly near to the overhead power cables anyway (DOHHHHHHHHH!!!!) so was digging the trench a waste of time and resources?
On the basis that power lines do not affect the fibre optics, can I assume that BT will run the fibre cable back to the pole opposite me (the one they bypassed) and then run it towards my house? If so, I'm not sure how it will be conveyed - hopefully, it will be up in the air to start with (near to my phone line) so that there will be no need to dig up my garden or drive. Any thoughts please on this assumption?